The finance function sees that the district provides its share of funds to the total council operating budget.
The program function concentrates on helping Scouting units with camp promotion; special activities including community service; training adult volunteers; and youth advancement and recognition.
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.
When is a district succeeding?
When its units are successful (qualifying for Journey to Excellence criteria).
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.
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.