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District’s Purpose

A Scouting district is a geographical area within the BSA local council. District leaders provide and coordinate resources to ensure the growth and success of Scouting units within the district. The district works through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. The end result is more youth members receiving a better Scouting program.

Functions of the District

All districts are responsible for carrying out four standard functions:

  1. Membership
    The membership function strives for growth through the organization of new Scouting units, through new members and adult volunteers joining existing units, and through the retention of current members.
  2. Fund Development
    The fund development function sees that the district provides its share of funds to the total council operating budget.
  3. Program
    The program function concentrates on helping Scouting units with camp promotion, special activities including community service, training adult volunteers, and youth advancement and recognition.
  4. Unit service
    The unit service function provides direct coaching and consultation for unit volunteers to help ensure the success of every Scouting unit.


District Nominating Committee

The nominating committee provides fresh resources to the district committee through building of a committee that is representative of the district. By developing a committee of top-caliber individuals from the district, the nominating committee will provide individuals who can harness community resources. The committee will periodically during the year to identify, orient, and select new district members at large.


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Nominating Committee Resources (click on each to view or download):


How to verify an out of Council Merit Badge Counselor.

First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.


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