District Committee Responsibilities

District Chair

A district chair leads the district and does the following:

  • Identify and recruit enough of the right people as operating committee chairs.
  • Initiate plans and help committee chairs recruit an adequate number of members to carry out the functions of the district.
  • Plan (with the district executive) and preside at district committee meetings.
  • With the district commissioner and district executive, stimulate and coordinate the work of the district to ensure the success of Scouting units.
  • In cooperation with the district executive, ensure the attainment of district goals.
  • Represent the district on the council executive board.
  • Recognize individuals, committees, and chartered organizations for their Scouting achievements.
  • Support local and national Scouting policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Help to secure support for Scouting from top community leaders throughout the district.
  • Annually appoint a district nominating committee to select nominees for district officers and district members at large.

District Vice Chair

  • Identify and recruit enough of the right people as operating committee chairs.
  • Initiate plans and help committee chairs recruit an adequate number of members to carry out the functions of the district.
  • Coordinate Committee Chairs and Committee Members to carry out the District plans and functions.
  • Work with the District Commissioner, District Chairman and District Executive to coordinate and achieve goals for the District, and ensure the success of the Scouting units.
  • Support local and national Scouting policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Help to secure support for Scouting from top community leaders throughout the district.

Immediate Past Chair

  • Report to district chair.
  • Work with the new District Chairman to ensure smooth transition of knowledge and leadership.
  • Initiate plans and help committee chairs recruit an adequate number of members to carry out the functions of the district.
  • Work with the District Commissioner, District Chairman and District Executive to coordinate and achieve goals for the District, and ensure the success of the Scouting units.
  • Support local and national Scouting policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Help to secure support for Scouting from top community leaders throughout the district.

Nominating Committee Chair

  • Report to district chair.
  • Lead the district nominating committee in their search for qualified district leadership.
  • Recruit enough of the right kind of people for the district nominating committee committee.
  • Establish district nominating committee goals, develop a plan to achieve goals, and track goal attainment.

District Public Relations Chair

  • Report to district chair.
  • Recruit enough of the right kind of people for the public relations committee.
  • Communicate information about the district to the community, including the media.
  • Communicat information to the district volunteers, scouts and parents.
  • Use apporpriate communication media for the information content and audience:
    • postal mail
    • phone calls
    • email
    • website
    • blog posts
    • newsletter
    • Facebook updates
    • Tweets
  • Keep the district committee aware of PR efforts and results.
  • Manage the district newsletter.
  • Manage the district website.

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District Membership Chair

  • Report to district chair.
  • Recruit enough of the right kind of people for the district membership committee.
  • Serve on the council membershiprelationships committee.
  • Establish year-round plan for unit and membership growth.
  • Recruit and train new-unit organizers.
  • Work with district training team to make sure new units have trained personnel.
  • Plan and conduct youth and chartered organization surveys.
  • Cultivate relationships with potential chartered organizations and community groups.
  • Share with other district leaders how to work effectively with various types of organizations.
  • Organize new packs, troops, teams, and crews.
  • Analyze district membership figures for all program levels.
  • Be sure a new unit is under the care of a commissioner before the organizer leaves.
  • Conduct membership events in the district:
    • Roundup plans
    • Together plan
    • Relationships conference
  • Track and attain membership growth objectives

District Finance Chair

  • Report to district chair.
  • Ensure implementation of council finance policies.
  • Serve as council finance committee member if so stated in council bylaws.
  • Recruit and train committee on tasks provided by council finance committee.
  • Carry out the annual district Friends of Scouting campaign and meet the goal by the target date.
  • Maintain cooperative relationship with the United Way.
  • Develop prospects and retain interest of contributors.
  • Support council ‘‘project selling’’ program.
  • Support council endowment development.
  • Inform units of unit financing policies.
  • Review units’ money-earning applications.
  • Achieve district’s share of council finance campaigns.
  • Support district activities that involve income and expenses, assuring proper policy and budget control.
  • Support council product sales program.

District Program Chair

  • Report to district chair.
  • Recruit enough of the right people as activities and civic service, training, camp promotion and outdoor, and advancement and recognition chairs.
  • Ensure that district operating committee chairs and committee members are trained to carry out the functions of the district.
  • Help district operating committee chairs recruit an adequate number of members to carry out the program functions of the district.
  • Plan (with the district executive) the district’s annual program planning conference and program review meeting.
  • Coordinate with the operating committee chairs the district’s annual program calendar.
  • In cooperation with the district executive, set goals for the district program committees, track their progress, and ensure the completion of those goals.
  • Recognize individuals and committees for their Scouting accomplishments.
  • Support local and national Scouting policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Encourage the district’s role to attain public support of Scouting.

District Training Chair

  • Report to district program chair.
  • Establish district training objectives to train leaders, not just run training courses.
  • Participate in council meetings dealing with training policies, program, and procedures.
  • Recruit and orient enough of the right kind of people for the training committee and course instructors.
  • Prepare an inventory of training for all leaders.
  • Plan, schedule, and coordinate an annual district training program based on training inventory.
  • Evaluate and report on training progress.
  • Maintain district training records.
  • Encourage a pack trainer in every Cub Scout pack.
  • Offer training opportunities to all unit leaders.
  • Promote attendance at all training courses.
  • Give special assistance to untrained unit leaders.
  • Approve applications for district training recognitions.
  • Give special attention to training new-unit leaders and new leaders in existing units.
  • Track and attain training objectives.
  • Implement council training program.
  • Promote all online training through the Online Learning Center.

District Camp Promotion and Outdoor Chair

  • Report to district program chair.
  • Recruit and orient enough of the right kind of people for the district camp committee.
  • Track each unit’s camping and outdoor record.
  • Implement the council’s outdoor promotion plan in the district.
  • Work with commissioners to help packs, troops, teams, and crews plan a year-round schedule of camping and outdoor program events.
  • Promote use of camperships.
  • Give guidance on health and safety concerns.
  • Promote youth participation in camping and outdoor programs:
    • Boy Scout camping
    • National high-adventure programs
    • Cub Scout outdoor program
    • Venturing outdoor program
  • Assist council committee with outdoor program facilities.
  • Promote National Summertime Pack Award and National Camping Award.
  • Supervise use of off-council camping by tour permits and inspections.
  • Track and attain camping and outdoor objectives.
  • Implement council camping and outdoor program.
  • Guide the Order of the Arrow to help promote camping in the district.
  • Promote Leave No Trace training for all units.

District Activities and Civic Service Chair

  • Report to district program chair.
  • Develop and implement a plan for activities and civic service projects in district.
  • Ensure that activities are in accordance with national policy.
  • Recruit and orient enough of the right kind of people for the district activities committee.
  • Support and strengthen units by assuring program visibility and balance of activities.
  • Promote and conduct displays and skill events:
    • Booth shows
    • Webelos-rees
    • Camporees
    • First aid contests
    • Swim meets
    • Window displays
    • Shopping mall shows
  • Encourage Good Turn ideas through units’ participation in community projects and civic service activities.
  • Plan, promote, and conduct special Scouting Anniversary Week activities.
  • Plan the annual meeting and Scouters’ recognition dinner for the district.
  • Implement council activities and civic service program.
  • Conduct an annual poll of unit leaders to determine unit needs and wishes for district activities.
  • Oversee the district’s Good Turn for America projects, and ensure the hours are logged online.

District Advancement and Recognition Chair

  • Report to district program chair.
  • Stimulate advancement and recognition of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
  • Ensure that advancement and recognition remain in accordance with National Council requirements and procedures.
  • Recruit and orient enough of the right kind of people for the district advancement committee.
  • Establish district advancement goals, develop a plan to achieve goals, and track goal attainment.
  • Assist packs, troops, teams, and crews, giving special assistance to units with little or no advancement.
  • Coach troop and team leaders in methods for conducting boards of review and courts of honor.
  • Recruit and train an adequate group of merit badge counselors for the district.
  • Produce a district merit badge counselor directory.
  • Recommend unit and district Scouters for special district and council recognition (lifesaving awards, Silver Beaver, etc.).
  • Implement council advancement and recognition program.
  • Review and approve Eagle Scout service project plans.
  • Participate in or conduct Eagle Scout boards of review.

Order of the Arrow Chapter Adviser

  • Attends council coordinated meetings as well as lodge, section and national meetings and activities.
  • Ensures that every Troop and Team has an Order of the Arrow (OA) election (Troops and Teams may choose not to participate).
  • Ensures successful Chapter operations to meet or exceed the Chapter annual goals (this should be done through the Chapter Chief).
  • Adheres to the program and polices of the Council and Boy Scouts of America (specifically those related to the Order of the Arrow).
  • Appoints Associate Chapter Advisers and Chapter Committee Advisers as needed for the Chapter (these adults should be paired up with youth leadership in the chapter)
  • Obtains necessary training at the annual David Hines Memorial Training as well as other sessions as prescribed by current Lodge officers.
  • Promotes and attends all Chapter meetings, Chapter events, and Lodge events.
  • Ensures that the Chapter in represented at Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) meetings (this should include one youth leader and one adult leader of the Chapter).
  • Promotes summer camp experiences for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts.
  • Promotes youth leadership opportunities in the Chapter and Lodge.
  • Promotes adult participation and support in the Chapter.
  • Tracks youth progress for individual awards and Chapter progress for Quality Chapter award.
  • With the help of youth leadership, plans and coordinates chapter service projects for the district, the council and the community.
  • Is expected to make sure that meetings are held on a schedule (usually monthly) in order to keep youth interested in both Scouting and the Order of the Arrow.
  • Makes him/herself available at district functions (Roundtable and District Committee Meetings) to answer questions as well as ensure that the Order of the Arrow is poperly supporting of the district.
  • Attends district committee meetings.

District Religious Emblems Coordinator PatchReligious Emblems Coordinator

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  • Sets goals with District Program Chair
  • Disseminates information to Units
  • Disseminates information through:
    • Re-charter packets
    • Roundtables
    • Camporees
  • Encourages Unit Committees to set goals (i.e. number of religious emblems that will be earned that year)
  • Recruits “presenters” to make presentations on religious emblems. Asks clergy of chartered partners, leaders of units that promote religious emblems, Chaplains, etc.