The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a complex organization that requires organizational charts and committees and sub-committees and layers upon layers of bureaucracy to assure that the Scouting program is carried out to the benefit of the youth we serve. It can make you dizzy just thinking about it.
What does that mean to you? Not a dang thing. BUT…when you need help, you’ll find that it is within your reach.
You’re a Tiger Leader. The foundation upon which scouting is built. Isn’t it crazy to be the newest person to scouting and at the same time the most important?
When you are having trouble getting something accomplished in your den, your first step should be to speak with the Cub Master or Committee Chairman. These folks are your immediate life-line for everything that is going on in your day to day Scouting world. They are trained and have resources at their fingertips.
Your Den belongs to the Pack. Your Pack belongs to a Chartered Organization (usually a church or civic organization responsible for the risk management, finding a meeting place and choosing the leadership of the Pack.) Your Chartered Organization probably has a Boy Scout Troop (for boys and girls in the fifth grade to high school seniors) and a Venturing Crew (for boys and girls aged 15 to 21). Your Chartered Organization has a representative who serves as the liaison to all of these affiliated groups. That person is known as the…wait for it….Chartered Organization Representative (COR).
Your COR votes on the leadership of the District Organization. In your case, the District is the the Shawnee Trails District. Your District has a Committee with Members at Large who all work to assist the District Chairman to build the strongest Scouting program possible. Your District also has a District Commissioner with a corps of assistants who work to make sure the units (your Pack, Troop and Crew) are getting all the resources they need to be successful. These are the people you see coming around from time to time with the light grey shoulder loops on their epaulettes.
Governing the District is the Council. Our Council is the Heart of America Council. Our teritory covers 19 counties in Kansas and Missouri in the Kansas City Metro Area. The Council covers territory from Eastern Topeka, KS to almost Marshall, Mo. and from Leavenworth, KS to Eldorado Springs, MO. The Council is attached to the National BSA organization.
The bottom line: If you have a question…ask. If you have a problem…tell someone. If you have an idea on how to do something better…work to get it implemented. There are very few new problems/questions/scenarios in a 100 year old organization that can’t be solved with communication.
That was a mouthful…our posts should always be shorter than this. But we want you to know…we are here to help.