Districts

The Ventura County Council is divided into four community-based Districts:

District
 
Communities Served
Channel Islands District   Camarillo, Somis, Point Mugu, Oxnard, El Rio and Port Hueneme
Conejo Valley District   Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and parts of Agoura Hills
Ronald Reagan District   Simi Valley and Moorpark
Sespe District   Ventura, Oak View, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru

Districts

The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units.   The end result of effective district support is more and more youth members receiving a better and better program.

The 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 and through new members and adult volunteers joining existing units and working to retain current members.

2.      Finance

The finance 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 by district volunteers for unit adults to help ensure the success of every Scouting unit.

The membership, finance, and program functions, are carried out by members of the district committee.  The unit service function is carried out by the district commissioner staff.

Measuring Results

When is a district succeeding?

1.     When its units are successful (qualifying for Journey to Excellence criteria).

2.     When there is a strong effort to bring the values of the movement’s programs to more and more members and to organize new units.

3.     When the district raises its share of the council budget.

There is a guiding principle here.  A district is not measured by the degree of its business at the district level.  Results are what count, results at the only point where Scouting really happens, in the unit.

Journey to Excellence Unit Recognition

Units that achieve the goals related to Journey to Excellence objectives are recognized by bronze, silver or gold criteria.  Each recognition level signifies that the unit is delivering an increasingly higher quality program for its youth.  One of the measurements of a well-functioning district is the number of units that qualify for each level of recognition.

The District’s Relation to the Council

The local council establishes districts, each prescribed part of the geographical territory of the council, for the purpose of unit service and program administration.  Districts do not have budgets, treasurers, or treasuries.