What the Council does for the
Council Service Center
To help the unit, the council maintains a service center
- Handle registrations, Boys' Life
subscriptions, and special requests to the national office and other
- Maintain a supply of literature,
insignia, forms, certificates, etc., needed by the leader to carry out the
- Keep records of advancement,
membership, training, etc., necessary for unit operation.
- Produce frequent newsletters to keep
leaders informed of latest local and national Scouting events.
- Produce notices, minutes, agendas,
etc., for district and council committees that develop programs for leader
and unit support.
- Handle phone calls and visitors for
information related to unit operation and Scouting procedures.
- Provide forms, applications,
scoreboards, certificates, and literature helpful in unit program.
- Produce district and council calendars
and schedules, programs, kits, and special aids to assist leaders and their
- Make reservations for films, equipment,
long-term camping, short-term camps, camporees, jamborees, high-adventure
bases, training courses, meetings, Cub Scout leader pow wows, Venturing
activities, annual council and district meetings, and unit leader events.
District and Council Activities
Providing the unit with district and council activities
and service, the council:
- Plans and conducts various types of
activities in which units participate, such as Scouting Anniversary Week and
- Organizes camporees, Cub Scout day
camps, local jamborees, high-adventure trips, and Venturing events,
absorbing overhead costs to keep participants' expense to a minimum.
- Works with various community groups to
arrange for Scout participation in civic affairs and Good Turn projects.
- Recruits and trains a corps of
commissioners for assisting with unit program and maintaining standards.
Camping and Outdoor Activities
- Maintains reservations for year-round
camping and Cub Scout family outdoor events. (Our Scout reservations serve
as year-round activities, camping, and training centers.)
- Offers units the use of equipment for
short-term weekend, year-round camping.
- Covers costs of camp repairs,
replacement, utilities, maintenance, taxes, insurance, and camp ranger.
(These and other charges are not paid for by youths' fees.)
- Employs full-time rangers for the
protection of the reservations and the convenience of units using
facilities. (They keep these facilities available at all times.)
- Provides campers' savings cards, unit
leaders' guidebook, camp slides, folders, literature, and other aids to help
units with their outdoor program.
- Provides scholarships or "camperships"
for Scouts who need help to have a summertime camp experience.
- Offers units the high adventure of
Philmont Scout Ranch, high-adventure bases, national jamborees, field days,
camporees, and other special events. (These would not exist without a
council giving leadership and coordination.)
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