Organizing new opportunities for youth join a Scouting program, in partnership with a community organization that is granted a BSA charter, is a primary function of the membership committee. Also referred to as “extending the opportunity to join” in every elementary school area is critical to making Scouting available, and convenient, to more youth and families.
New Unit Organizing teams are recognized with the W.D. Boyce Organizer Award, a knot and certificate.
The membership committee gives leadership to organizing fall new member campaigns in support of the partnership with community organizations. The fall new member campaign is primarily for Cub Scouts, and spring new member campaigns for Boy Scouts and Ventures as Webelos and 5th grade boys become age-eligible for Boy Scouts, and older Boy Scouts look for more adventuresome activities.
Maintaining strong relationships with community partners is another task of the membership committee. With other district leaders, the Scouting program must meet the youth activity goals of the organization.
Retention of current members is another facet of the membership committee, along with other district committee members.
New leaders need training and the results of well-trained leaders is seen in youth and leader retention, increased advancement, camping, and community service.
The training plan, to be considered a fully-trained leader, includes: This Is Scouting, Fast Start, Basic Leader Training (specific to position), and either Basic Outdoor Leader Skills (Cub Scout) or Outdoor Leader Skills (Boy Scout).
Venture and Explorer leader training provides both adult and youth leader training.
Advanced training includes Wood Badge (for adults) and National Youth Leader Training (NYLT).
Supplemental training includes Philmont Training Center and mini-courses provided through the local council. Each district conducts a Youth Leader Workshop for Boy Scouts.
The role of the camping committee is to assure that all packs and troops are participating in outdoor activities (“A Scout is physically strong”) and taking advantage of the activities provided by the council. The committee also is responsible for program and use plans that best utilize council properties.
The camping committee promotes Cub Scout day camps and Boy Scout summer camp and the national high adventure bases.
The primary measure of a boy’s participation in a Scout program is the number of awards earned annually. The advancement committee trains troop boards of review and conducts Eagle Scout boards of review. The committee is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the BSA advancement requirements. The committee trains unit commitees in award ceremony skills. The committee monitors monthly unit advancement performance and meets with unit committees with little advancement. The committee also manages adult and special awards such as the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver Award, and lifesaving awards.
The finance committee is responsible for all funding of the council through such methods as Friends of Scouting, Special Events, United Way, Grants, Product Sales, and Scout store sales. The committee helps develop and control the council budget.
The finance committee also trains unit committees in best methods for money-earning projects and is responsible for reviewing and approving/denying Unit Money-Earning Applications.
Unit Service Function:
The Commissioner staff is responsible for program quality. The unit commissioner assures that a boy is joining a pack, troop, crew, or post that is actually meeting, advancing, getting outdoors, and providing community service.
The roundtable commissioner staff is responsible for providing monthly leader meetings that will help leaders deliver the best program, learn the lastest skills, provide a forum for information exchange, and provide mini-training courses on specialized subjects.
The Commissioner staff is integral in maintaining a strong chartered partner relationship by assuring that the Scout leaders are doing those things needed to meet the organization’s youth activity goals. The Commissioner staff is also responsible for monitoring unit program performance by visiting each month, providing coaching, and conducting the annual charter renewal process.
The quality of Commissioner service can be measured by youth retention.