A Scouting district is a geographical area of the BSA local council, determined by the council executive board. District leaders mobilize resources to ensure the growth and success of Scouting units within the district’s territory.
The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. The end result of effective district support is more and more youth members receiving a better and better program.
The Council’s Purpose
The purpose of the council is to guide and support its districts for the achievement of the movement’s purpose.
Councils establish policies and programs. Districts carry out the policies and programs in their respective territories.
The Purpose and Mission of the BSA
The Charter of the Boy Scouts of America states that “the purpose of this corporation shall be to promote, through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using methods which are now in common use by Boy Scouts.”
It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
More information is available in the publication THE DISTRICT: How the District Carries Out the Operational Mission of the Council.