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2010 National Officers, Executive Board, and Advisory Council

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2010 Treasurer’s Report (includes audited financial statements)  found on the page Financial Statement

Council Executive Board Orientation

Mr. Bob Mazzuca
Bob Mazzuca
Chief Scout Executive
"Taking responsibility for your actions is a hallmark of a good leader.”

This overview of Council Leadership is intended to help volunteer leaders at all levels of Scouting better understand the responsibilities, authorities, and resources available to help local councils succeed.

The big overview is that a local Boy Scout council is a voluntary association of citizens including representatives of organizations that are chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, to promote the Scouting program within a geographic area. The local council has an annual charter from the Boy Scouts of America much like the local Scouting units have. Often the local council is incorporated as a nonprofit corporation. As a nonprofit corporation a local council is responsible for the action of their employees and volunteers. Professional Scouters working at the local council level are not employees of the Boy Scouts of America.

Training of unit serving volunteer leaders in Scouting has always bee seen as an important task. Unit serving volunteer leaders would be Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, den leaders, Cubmasters, Venturing crew The training of volunteer leaders serving at the district and council level should be no less important. In addition to the training courses provided for district and council leaders, there are many opportunities for individual self-study with a full range of Scouting resources developed to support the major functions of a council.

Executive board membership confers a certain prestige and honor in Scouting. However it more importantly confers some very important duties and responsibilities critical to the success of Scouting. A full understanding of both the fiduciary and moral duties inherent in the role of executive board members in a non-profit corporation is essential to long term success of Scouting. The general public holds the Boy Scouts of America to a higher standard of conduct because they profess to have a higher standard of conduct. The general public expects the Boy Scouts of America to act according to these higher standards.

By December 2014 the BSA will have developed and delivered a joint training resource, featuring best practices for the council’s top leadership, both professional and volunteer, to foster a new level of professional-volunteer relationships and a potent, true partnership for the achievement of the council’s strategies and objectives.

This page provides an overview of district and council leadership responsibilities, a listing of relevant Scouting literature, other resource, training available, and a discussion of the topic of "professional guidance." ~Rick

Boy Scouts of America Mission and Vision

Key 3 Training Sessions


The Council Key 3 and the District Key 3 are very important leadership teams in Scouting. The effective training of these leadership teams is important to the success of Scouting. The Philmont Training Center is a great place your Key 3 to recieve training.

District Key 3 Training Session:

District Key 3: District Chairman, District Commissioner, District Executive

Availability: Week 2: June 16-22, Week 7: July 21-27, Week 9: August 4-10

Imagine enjoying the quality time of a week at Philmont with your District Key-3 – and Key-3s from many other councils – discussing the role of the District Key 3 and how we work together to build and operate a successful district. Improving the service area’s Journey to Excellence standing, as well as idea-sharing, problem-solving, exploring successful district operation techniques, recruiting district volunteers, and other topics of interest. Participants may only attend as a district Key 3 team.

Additional Information:

Key 3

Local Council Key 3 Leadership

The Key 3 is the top council leadership. It is comprised of two volunteer leaders; the Council President and Council Commissioner plus the local Scout executive who is an employee of the local council. The Key 3 responsibilities include Journey to Excellence, board training and management, building effective districts, quality program, membership growth, volunteer/professional relationships, strategic planning, council and district operations, commissioner service, endowment, council fund raising, asset management, and more.

Council President
Responsibility for conducting the affairs of the Boy Scouts of America is vested in volunteer Scouters. The council president is the highest officer and volunteer leader. The council president serves as chair at meetings of the council body, council executive board, and council executive committee, and serves as a council representative to the National Council and regional committee during his or her term of office. The council president stimulates and coordinates the work of the council executive board and committees. The president sees that the vice-presidents and committee personnel are trained and coached in their committee assignments. The president gives leadership to the employment and evaluation of the council executive. The president is an administrator and personnel director. He or she recruits strong volunteers for council leadership, fires their enthusiasm, and welds individuals into a strong working team. The president has a deep sense of dedication to the purposes of Scouting and the achievement of objectives and for the financial stability and growth of the council.

Council CommissionerCouncil President Responsibilities

  • Provides support and guidance in following the council’s strategic plan
  • Serves as the board’s highest elected officer and top volunteer leader
  • Serves as a member of the council Key 3
  • Chairs meetings of the council executive board and council executive committee
  • Serves as a National Council representative to the National Council and regional committees
  • Coordinates the work of the council executive board and committees
  • Ensures that all committee chairs and their members are trained and coached and that they follow through on their assignments
  • Recruits and motivates volunteers at all levels
  • Works toward financial stability and growth of the council

Council Commissioner
This is a person of good character and standing in the council with organizing, administrative, and leadership ability, preferably with wide and practical experience in Scouting. This person, working with the Scout executive as a member of the council Key3, provides leadership for the commissioner staff and other Scouters in effectively serving the packs, troops, teams, and crews in the council. He or she serves with the council president as a local council representative to the National Council and regional committee.

Council CommissionerCouncil Commissioner Responsibilities

  • Provides support and guidance in following the council’s strategic plan
  • Serves as a member of the council Key 3
  • Recruits, manages, and trains a corps of commissioners through the districts
  • Promotes quality program through the Centennial Quality Unit Award program within Scouting units
  • Makes periodic district and unit visits
  • Serves with council president as a National Council representative

Local Scout Executive
Although responsibility for Scouting is vested in volunteer leaders, a vital part of the movement is lodged in the comparatively small but well-trained group of professional Scouters. The Scout executive is commissioned by the Boy Scouts of America, selected by the council executive board, and serves under its direction. He or she is the council secretary for all of its council committees, although he or she may delegate this responsibility to members of the professional staff. He or she appoints and supervises all employees of the council, subject to the approval of the council executive board. He or she recognizes and is committed to the predominant and vital role of volunteer Scouters at all levels in fulfillment of their responsibilities. He or she maintains standards in the operation, program, and administration of the council.

Scout ExecutiveLocal Scout Executive Responsibilities

  • Provides support and guidance in following the council’s strategic plan
  • Serves as the council’s commissioned professional and the CEO/executive director
  • Serves as a member of the council Key 3
    • Acts as secretary for all council committees
    • Hires and supervises all employees of the council, subject to approval by the council executive board
    • Works with volunteer Scouters on all levels to achieve the council’s mission
    • Maintains standards in the operation, program, and administration of the council
    • Executes the decisions of the council within the national BSA guidelines

Council Executive Board Orientation

“Successful Councils Are Volunteer Driven, Professionally Guided.”

Council Executive BoardThis 17-module training has been developed to assist you in understanding and carrying out your responsibilities as a council executive board member — officer, committee chair, or council member at large, or Advisory Council.

The 17 modules should be presented to new and experienced board members as a part of your annual training and goal-setting session. You can present all 17 at one time at a board retreat, or present two to three, based on the time available. You can use the modules based on the needs of your board and committees.

You can present some sessions in the orientation of your council committees, and as presentations to your district key leadership in their understanding of how the council is organized. After showing the video, the discussion time for each module will vary, based on your local council needs, and depending on the experience level of your audience.

Who should attend this training?

This training is designed for new and experienced members of the following groups:

1. Executive board
2. Council Key 3
3. Council officers
4. Council committee chairs
5. Council committee members
6. District chairs
7. Advisory Council members
8. Chartering organization representatives
9. Other professional Scouters who work with these groups as advisers

The Council

The Council Pamphlet, No. 33071A council is a voluntary association of citizens, including representatives of organizations that are chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, to promote the Scouting program within a geographic area. There are four major functions involved in achieving the purposes of a council: Program, Membership, Finance, and Unit Service. These four functions and all other responsibilities are accomplished in each council that is consistent with local conditions and circumstances.

Council Body
The governing body is called the “council.” Because it carries the same name as the territory it serves, it will be referred to within the text as the “council body.” The council body is made up of chartered organization representatives who represent each organization chartered to operate units. Also serving on the council body are “members at large” elected by the council body. The council meets once a year, but special meetings may be called to handle special business.

This booklet is the basic source of knowledge on council operations for all council-level Scouters. It includes important details about the four functions of council operations, basic committee tasks, special council committees, and council-level meetings.

The Council (33071)

This guidebook explains how the local council functions to carry out the purpose of the BSA, with recommendations for membership, finance, program, and unit service.

Four Functions of Council Operation:

  • Program: To Maintain Standards and Policies
  • Membership/Relationships: To Make Scouting Available to Youth
  • Finance: To Provide Adequate Funds
  • Unit Service: To Serve Organizations Using the Scouting Program

The Council, outlines the responsibilities of council leaders and committees.

Articles of IncorporationSupport Materials

All of these publications may be ordered or purchased through your local council service center. PDF

Literature & Resources

The Boy Scouts of America has a library full of literature to help guide volunteers in their efforts to make Scouting a success. The literature written for leaders serving at the district and council levels is especially important to that long term success of local councils.

The following critically important literature may be on file with your local council. ~Rick

2012 Los Padres Council Bylawslink

2011–2015 National Council Strategic Planlink

BSA Code of Conductpdf

Procedures for Maintaining Standards of Membership (28-105F)link

Additional BSA literature and resources are listed below.

Chartered Organization RepresentativeChartered Organization

The following official description of a chartered organization representative is found in the current revision of the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America. Refer to Article VI., Local Councils, Section 3, Chartered Organization Representative, Clause 7, which reads,

“In territory supervised by local councils, each chartered organization shall appoint a volunteer, other than the unit leader or assistant unit leader, as its chartered organization representative to represent it as a member of the district committee and as a voting member of the local council.”

This excerpt means that

  1. The chartered organization representative’s primary responsibilities are to help units to be successful and to provide coordination between the chartered organization and Scouting.
  2. The chartered organization representative is automatically a voting member of the council and the district upon selection or appointment by the chartered organization. The individual must be an adult U.S. citizen and be a registered member of the BSA during the period of time that the chartered organization designates this person as chartered organization representative.
  3. The chartered organization representative is encouraged to become an active participating member of one of the district’s committees

State of ScoutingReferences:

The Chartered Organization Representative (No. 33118) 
The purpose of this pamphlet is to help the chartered organization representative understand your responsibilities.

State of Scouting (605645)  General video about Scouting, it's history and status. Describes how Scouting is organized around the chartered organizations.

Scout Parent Charter Organization Pamphlet (32196)  This pamphlet is used for explaining the Charter Organization to outside members.

Chartered Organization Fast Start DVD (60564) Chartered Organization Fast Start DVD

60564The Annual Charter Agreement (524-182) PDF The Boy Scouts of America is an educational resource program. It charters community or religious organizations or groups to use Scouting as part of their service to their own members, as well as the community at large. The BSA local council provides the support service necessary to help the chartered organization succeed in their use of the Scouting program. The responsibilities of both the BSA and the chartered group are described below.

The Chartered Organization agrees to

  • Conduct the Scouting program according to its own policies and guidelines as well as those of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Include Scouting as part of its overall program for youth and families. Consider organizing a program to meet the developmental needs for every age level served.
  • Appoint a chartered organization representative who is a member of the organization and will coordinate all unit operations within it. He or she will represent the organization to the Scouting district and serve as a voting member of the local council. (The chartered organization head or chartered organization representative must approve all leader applications before submitting them to the local council.)
  • Select a unit committee of parents and members of the chartered organization (minimum of three) who will screen and select unit leaders who meet the organization's standards as well as the leadership standards of the BSA. (The committee chairman must sign all leadership applications before submitting them to the chartered organization for approval.)
  • Provide adequate facilities for the Scouting unit(s) to meet on a regular schedule with time and place reserved.
  • Encourage the unit to participate in outdoor experiences, which are vital elements of Scouting.

The Local Council agrees to

  • Respect the aims and objectives of the organization and offer the resources of Scouting to help in meeting those objectives.
  • Provide year-round training, service, and program resources to the organization and its unit(s).
  • Provide training and support for the chartered organization representative as the primary communication link between the organization and the BSA.
  • Provide techniques and methods for selecting quality leaders and then share in the approval process of those leaders. (The Scout executive or designee must approve all leader applications.)
  • Provide primary general liability insurance to cover the chartered organization, its board, officers, chartered organization representative, employees and volunteers currently registered with Boy Scouts of America. Coverage is provided with respect to claims arising our of an official Scouting activity with the exception that the coverage is excess over any insurance which may be available to the volunteer for loss arising from the ownership, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle or water craft. This insurance is only available while the vehicle or watercraft is in the actual use of a Scouting unit and being used for a Scouting purpose.
  • The insurance provided unregistered Scouting volunteers through the BSA general liability insurance program is excess over any other insurance the volunteer might have to his or her benefit, usually a homeowner's, personal liability, or auto liability policy.
  • Provide camping facilities, a service center, and a full-time professional staff to assist the organization in every way possible.

Building Stronger Chartered Organization Relationships

Merits of MarketingScouting Magazine May-June 2007
Scouter B.P.’s troop has almost no contact with its chartered organization representative despite issuing regular invitations to events and committee meetings. He asked for fresh ways to improve chartered organization relations.

Building Stronger Chartered Organization Relationships Link html

Orientation Guide

The Orientation Guide for Council Officers and Executive Board Members, No. 33161bOrientation Guide for Councils Officers and Executive Board Members is used by local councils to enhance the effectiveness of their officers and board members usually after the election of new officers and as a part of the orientation of new board members.

Use of the Council Executive Board Orientation Workshop

The council executive board is key to the overall success of the units within each council. The workshop will help create in all board members an understanding of and a commitment to the four functions of council operations: finance, membership, program, and unit service. The board’s governance, active involvement, and focus on council finances are critical to your success. This workshop was designed to give both experienced and new board members comprehensive training on their role on the board and the methodology for achieving and maintaining Centennial Quality Council status. This should be a mandatory training for all board members.

“Beginning in 2012, annually, each council has conducted a new board member orientation using the most up-to-date version of the Council Executive Board Orientation, as a resource. [Dec. 2015]”

Orientation Guide for Council Officers and Executive Board Members (33161)

Scouting Media Guide

Scouting Media GuideA No-Nonsense Advice on Getting Your Scouts in the News

Scouting needs families to read stories or see pictures about all of the great things Scouts and Scout units are doing, whether it’s something fun or something that’s helping the community. People will join groups with which they feel comfortable -groups that they feel they know. And the only way many of these people are going to know about Scouting is by all of us telling them about it through the local media in your community.

Believe it or not, “the media” loves positive stories. I can say this, having been a television and radio news Reporter, Producer and News Director for more than 20 years. Nobody calls and complains when you run a positive story (they don’t call and say “thank you”, either, but that’s a different topic).

Unfortunately, it’s much easier to find negative news. And, when you don’t have enough staff (all TV, radio and newspaper newsrooms are short-staffed, trust me), you tend to grab the most available news and events to fill time or fill space. But if we can provide easily accessible, positive stories – the press will grab them.

Scouting Media Guide link PDF

Merits of Marketing

Merits of MarketingThe Marketing & Communications Division is pleased to introduce the Merits of Marketing Web site. This site has been developed as a system to communicate to local councils about marketing opportunities, tips, and resources. The Merits of Marketing Web site will be a timely and effective system of communication for Scout executives, marketing professionals, and marketing volunteers. It will feature press releases, notices of coming events, tips for marketing, research information, Good Turn for America information, and a chance for councils to share in the cost savings achieved by joining together in the development and reproduction of marketing materials. The content for the Web site will be updated regularly.

Merits of Marketing link html

Managing Risk

The content of this Web page is adapted from chapter six of the Fieldbook, #33104.link PDF

An injury that doesn't happen needs no treatment. An emergency that doesn't occur requires no response. An illness that doesn't develop demands no remedy. The best way to stay safe in the outdoors is to avoid getting into trouble in the first place. That requires planning, training, leadership, good judgment, and accepting responsibility—in short, risk management.

We manage risk in almost every aspect of our lives. There is risk involved in stepping out of our homes in the morning, but we go anyway. There are risks in crossing a street, catching a bus, and taking part in sports, but we find ways to minimize these risks and maximize our safety and well-being.

Risk management is so much a part of outdoor adventures that often we hardly notice we are doing it. When we fill bottles with water from streams and lakes, we deal with the risk of parasites by treating the water with a filter or chemicals, or by boiling it. When we share the outdoors with bears, we protect them and ourselves by hanging our food out of their reach, eliminating odors from our sleeping areas, and keeping campsites spotless. When foul weather blows in, routes become uncomfortably exposed, streams swell, or snow loads make avalanches a possibility, we consider all the available information and then make decisions that keep risks at acceptable levels.

Managing Risk link html

Relationship Division

The Relationship Division, BSA supports the Scouting program in the following areas: new unit organization, chartered organization relationships, scholarships, religious awards and activities like Scout Sunday or Scout Sabbath.

Relationship Division link html

Calendar of Religious Dates link html

Relationships Division Resources 2008-2009 link PDF

Scouting Safely

Safety SandwichFew youth organizations encompass the breadth, volume and diversity of physical activity common to Scouting, and none enjoy a better safety record. The key to maintaining and improving this exemplary record is the conscientious and trained adult leader who is attentive to safety concerns.

Scouting Safely link html
The Boy Scouts of America has nearly a century of experience conducting high-adventure outdoor activities in a manner that is safe for all participants.

Scouting Healthy and Safely

Where We’re Going …
In February 2011, the national BSA Health and Safety Support Committee conducted a planning summit at the BSA’s Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. At this meeting, committee members agreed that a reference guide should be published to meet the needs of councils attempting to provide a safe Scouting program using a council committee focused on health, safety, risk management, and Youth Protection.

Furthermore, members decided that once prepared, the document would be made available to every BSA local council, along with encouragement to form a committee or committees to ensure a focus on health and safety, Youth Protection, and risk management.

The committee’s goal is that this reference will assist in the formation of these teams so that, by the end of 2013, every council has a working enterprise risk management committee responding to and prepared for dealing with these important issues. In the future, the National Council will be creating a broader framework for local council development of enterprise risk management programs.

Scouting Healthy and SafelyPDF

Fiduciary Responsibilities of the Council Executive Board

Fiduciary Responsibilities"Good Governance is necessary to ensure the council’s resources are being properly managed and used as various regulatory agencies require.

Strong Fiscal Capacity ensures that the council has sufficient well-trained staff and volunteers, good internal and external communications, as well as adequate and
efficient use of resources for proper administration of the council operation.

Sufficient Revenue Generation describes the critical need for developing, providing for, and executing the necessary strategies in order for the council to implement its mission as outlined in its strategic plan."

Fiduciary Responsibilities of the Council Executive Board (35-308) link PDF

Council and District Plan Book

Council & District Plan BookThe district Key 3 will find this workbook a valuable tool in setting annual objectives for all committee functions and setting dates for committee tasks and meetings.

Good planning is as indispensable to Scouting as it is to any business or other important undertaking.

The process of planning is in itself educational. It helps participants to see the whole picture and their place in it. It builds unity and common purpose and generates the spirit and enthusiasm that are important ingredients of progress.

Charts alone do not speak to the human equation. Personnel at all levels need to be involved and committed to all phases of planning, setting objectives, and attaining objectives.

Council and District Plan Book (513-002)

Program Committees of Scouting

AdvancementGuide to Advancement 2011 (33088) Advancement Committee

New in The 2011 Edition

• Reorganized for easy reference
• Frequently Asked Questions indexed
• New approach to “active participation” and positions of responsibility
• Internet advancement highlights
• Helpful appendix
• Searchable online version available
And more—see inside.

New in 2012

These guidelines can be utilized for all Scouting service projects, not just those for an Eagle Scout
leadership service project. The guidelines must not be construed to be additional requirements for
an Eagle Scout leadership service project, but they do represent elements that should appear on the
Eagle Scout candidate’s final project plan from the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927. The next revision of the workbook will incorporate these guidelines.

Policy on Unauthorized Changes to Advancement Program

No council, committee, district, unit, or individual l has the authority to add to, or subtract from, advancement requirements. There are limited exceptions relating only to youth members with disabilities. For details see section 10, “Advancement for Members With Special Needs.”

The Guide to Safe Scouting Applies

Policies and procedures outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting, No. 610138, apply to all BSA activities, including those related
to advancement and Eagle Scout service projects.

Mandated Procedures and Recommended Practices

This publication clearly identify es mandated procedures with words such as “must” and “shall.” Where such language is used, no council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to deviate from the procedures covered, without the written permission of the national Advancement Team. Recommended best practices are offered using words like “should,” while other options and guidelines are indicated with terms such as “may” or “can.” Refer questions on these to your local district or council advancement chairs or staff advisors. They, in turn, may request interpretations and assistance from the national Advancement Team.

Camping Committee Guide, No. 33083Camping and Outdoor Program Committee Guide (34786) PDF

The Camping and Outdoor Program Committee (COPC) is an exciting and essential element of the Boy Scouts of America. Camping and outdoor program activities will deliver adventure, challenge, teamwork opportunities, confidence building, fun, and other new and exciting experiences. Camping and outdoor program activities will lead to self-reliance, self-confidence, and leadership, and will enhance the traditional aims of Scouting: citizenship, character development, and mental and physical fitness consistent with the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Safe and successful camping and outdoor activities will entice youth to become members of the Scouting organization and benefit from its values and character-building activities.

A number of Boy Scout publications support the work of the COPC, including the Strategic Planning for Council Camp Properties guide, the Camp Property Outdoor Program Analysis guide, the Guideline for the Disposition of Council Properties, the Boy Scout Strategic Planning guide, the Order of the Arrow Strategic Plan, the Boy Scout Handbook, and the Fieldbook.


Guide to Leader Training (No. 511-028)pdf

This new guide outlines the basic responsibilities for volunteer leader training committees and the methods of BSA volunteer training. To be sure that information is up-to-date, the guide does not include the forms and other resources that are more easily available, and more current, via Scouting.org. The training pages of Scouting.org will help you find the current resources, forms, and courses available—as well as the latest in BSA training.

This new Guide to Leader Training (No. 511-028) completely replaces and makes obsolete the previous Leadership Training Committee Guide (No. 34169).

The BSA volunteer training program also incorporates a recognition program at all levels of training to motivate and reward those who participate.

Who Should Use This Guide
This guide is written for district and council volunteer training committees and council staff. The main responsibility of district and council training committees is to train unit leaders to carry out their responsibilities and learn the skills of leadership. Seeing that 100 percent of all direct-contact leaders, Cubmasters, den leaders, Scoutmasters, Varsity Scout Coaches, and Venturing Advisors—and all of their assistants—are trained might be the most common measure of success. We cannot forget, though, all of the other leaders, adult and youth, in the unit, district, and council who need to be trained for their roles. Nor can we forget there is more training beyond the basics that will make our program more meaningful for youth and adults.

Notification on the availability of the new Guide to Leader Training was made Friday, February 24, 2012.

Activities and Civic Service Committee Guide, No. 33082Activities and Civic Service Committee Guide (33082) link html

The district activities and civic service committee’s job is to provide mountaintop experiences that dramatically capture the attention of the whole Scouting community: a Scout color guard at a city hall ceremony, or presentation of the Award of Merit to leaders at a district recognition dinner. Your efforts help make these great events happen in the lives of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and leaders.

Major Tasks of the Activities and Civic Service Committee Chairman and Members

  1. Report to the district chairman for your district.
  2. Develop and implement a plan for activities and civic service projects in the district.
  3. Ensure that activities remain in accordance with national policy.
  4. Recruit and orient enough of the right kind of people for the committee functions.
  5. Support and strengthen units by assuring program visibility and a well-balanced schedule of activities.
  6. Promote and conduct displays and skill events:
    • booth shows
    • camporees
    • first aid contests
    • swim meets
    • window displays
    • shopping mall shows.
  7. Encourage Good Turn ideas through units’ participation in community projects and civic service activities.
  8. Plan, promote, and conduct special Scouting Anniversary Week activities.
  9. Coordinate activities at the district annual meeting and Scouters’ recognition dinner.
  10. Implement council activities and civic service program.
  11. Conduct an annual poll of unit leaders to determine unit needs and wishes for district activities.
  12. Oversee the district’s Good Turn for America projects.

Guide to Safe Scouting, No. 34416AGuide to Safe Scouting (34416) link PDF

The purpose of this book is to prepare adult leaders to conduct scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The printing many changes about approved activities for all levels, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing.

NewMandatory Report of Child Abuse

All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. No person may abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.

Notify your Scout executive of this report, or of any violation of BSA’s Youth Protection policies, so that he or she may take appropriate action for the safety of our Scouts, make appropriate notifications, and follow-up with investigating agencies.

Guide to Safe Scouting online edition link html

Council Conservation Committee Guidebook

Council Conservation Committee GuidebookThe purpose of this online guide is to identify parameters for a local council to organize or strengthen its conservation committee. The mission, organization, membership, operations, and functions of the conservation committee will be dependent upon the needs and desires of the local council—the guide identifies several alternatives in this regard. In addition, the guide serves to identify the areas of responsibility that may be assigned to the committee along with suggestions of resources that may be tapped by the committee regarding those areas of responsibility.

Also included in the guide is a sample of a local council conservation plan, as well as a discussion of potential sources of revenue for the council to fund conservation programs and activities.


34059 Scouting for Youth With Disabilities (34059) pdf

This manual has been revised and additions have been made with assistance from a special task force of adult volunteers, Boy Scouts of America professionals, and professionals working in the field of disabilities. This manual should be considered a reference manual. It is not designed to read like a novel. Sections are divided by black tabs on the page at the beginning of each section for ease in finding what information you may need. Use the table of contents as your guide on finding topics of interest.

A Handbook for District Operations, No. 34739Boy Scouts of America Code of Conduct

In February 2006 the Boy Scouts of America published an official Code of Conduct for people associated with Boy Scouts of America. Few volunteers are aware of this code and unfortunately some involved in the professional world of Scouting are unable to follow this code. Should you experience a violation of this Code of Conduct, please report it so we can stop the unethical behavior that seems to be growing within the ranks of professionals in Scouting. It is my opinion that some professionals believe they are immune to the consequences that should result from any violations of the BSA Code of Conduct. And, they are if they are never reported to the proper authorities.

". . . — after all, we are the Boy Scouts of America and we should set a positive example."

Here are the first three paragraphs of the code text.

"The Boy Scouts of America Code of Conduct is built on BSA values. As such, we acknowledge our individual responsibility to ensure our success—individually and collectively—by practicing and promoting the principles of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. These values reflect how we want to operate, how we expect our employees and members of the National Council Executive Board and Advisory Council to operate, and how we strive to be seen by others.

We pursue the mission of the Boy Scouts of America with honor, fairness, and integrity, ever mindful to uphold the values of the BSA in every action and decision. We are committed to act in good faith and to comply with the rule of law, the BSA bylaws, BSA rules and regulations, and BSA policies.

The BSA Code of Conduct is not intended to cover every applicable law or provide answers to all questions that arise. Each BSA employee must be able to rely upon personal common sense of right and wrong. Before undertaking any action on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, you should consider carefully whether the conduct is in the best interests of the Boy Scouts of America and complies with the spirit and letter of this code, the BSA bylaws, policies, rules, and regulations, and if it is in compliance with the law. Do not proceed with any action if it is not clearly in compliance with these criteria. In addition, if you believe that the actions of anyone at BSA are unethical or expose BSA or its employees to liability or disrepute, you should report the situation. You can contact the Legal Department, the director of Human Resources Administration, your supervisor, or your division or group director about your concerns. Alternatively, you can contact the compliance hot line or Web site hosted by EthicsPoint. Employees can remain anonymous, if they choose, when using the EthicsPoint compliance hot line or EthicsPoint Web site to report suspected unethical behavior or misconduct. BSA policy prohibits retribution or retaliation of any kind for reporting unethical behavior, misconduct, or questionable behavior if the report of the possible violation of any law, rule, regulation, or the Code of Conduct was made in good faith."

Should you experience an ethical violation in Scouting, here are the procedures for reporting an Ethics Violations

Reporting Ethics Violations

If you have questions or concerns about compliance with the subjects described in this policy, or are unsure about what is the “right thing” to do, we strongly encourage you to first talk with your supervisor, division, group, or regional director; the BSA Legal Department; or the director of the Human Resources Administration Division. If you are uncomfortable talking to any of these individuals for any reason, call the BSA ethics hotline at 1-866-ETHICSP / 1-866 384-4277 (toll free in the US and Canada) to report your concerns. You may also log on to the following Web site: www.ethicspoint.com. Alternatively, you may submit a report in writing to the following address: Boy Scouts of America, C/O EthicsPoint, PO Box 230369, Portland, OR 97223.

Your calls to the toll-free hotline or contact through the Internet site are facilitated by a third party, EthicsPoint, Inc. Reporting of ethics violations will be treated as confidential information and can be communicated anonymously.

Sometimes professional and volunteer Scouters are naughty and behave unethically. Here is some information on how you can report unethical behavior and remain anonymous.

Should you be curious about how those involved in Scouting are expected to conduct them self, these BSA documents may be helpful.

To report unethical behavior and remain anonymous visit this link:

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