The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) oversees Scouting activities throughout the country. Among its major functions, the National Council develops programs, sets and maintains quality standards in training, leadership selection, uniforming, registration records, literature development, and advancement requirements. For administrative purposes the BSA is divided into four regions: Western, Central, Southern, and Northeast. Each region is then subdivided into areas. The BSA’s split into regions and areas helps Councils share services and leadership. Think of the organization like a map of the US. The country represents the National BSA and the states are the councils, the cities or counties are the districts and specific neighborhoods represent specific troops.
The BSA operates traditional Scouting by chartering local organizations, such as churches, clubs, civic associations, or educational organization, to implement the Scouting program for youth within their communities. Units are led entirely by volunteers appointed by the chartering organization, who are supported by local councils using both paid professional Scouters and volunteers.
What is the District and the District Committee?
A Scouting district is a geographical area within the local council, as 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 district volunteers provide programs for units (such as Day Camp, Camporees, Klondike Derby, Merit Badge College, to name a few), assist in the formation of new units, and help coordinate the annual giving campaign known as Investment in Character.
The Key 3 (District Chair, District Commissioner, and District Staff) meet on a monthly basis to discuss activities in each district. The District Committee is comprised of 3 functions in the district, membership, finance, and program. opens in a new windowLearn more about the district committee.
The entire district committee chaired by the district chair meets on a regularly scheduled date, usually monthly. The purpose of district committee meeting is to build momentum, provide group continuity, ensure good coordination, and make specific assignments to committee members. The district commissioner reports on the special needs of units and requests the help of operating committees to meet those needs.
The commissioner staff meets monthly at a district commissioners meeting on a regularly scheduled date, usually monthly. This is a uniformed meeting to build enthusiasm for carrying out the district’s unit service plans. Helping units succeed is at the heart of everything that occurs at the meeting. The two essential meeting events are the training topic and the assistant district commissioner breakout sessions to review unit needs.
District members at large are elected annually in the district annual meeting. All chartered organization representatives (selected by community organizations operating units) are automatically members of the council and of their district committee, thus providing close tie-in with chartered organizations. opens in a new windowManuals and Resources.
Scouting’s Journey to Excellence
Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) is the BSA’s performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of units, districts, and councils.
The Denver Area Council serves the 10 metro counties of Denver, as well as 15 counties on the Western Slope.
Sheridan, Littleton, Englewood, Roxborough, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills, Centennial and Highlands Ranch
Aurora, Green Valley Ranch, Bennett, Strasburg, Byers, Deer Trail, Center, Foxfield, and unincorporated Arapahoe County
Elbert, Elizabeth, Kiowa, Franktown, Castle Rock, Sedalia, Louviers, Larkspur and Parker