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What the Council Does for the Unit

To help the unit, the council maintains a service center to:

  1. Handle registrations, Boys' Life subscriptions, and special requests to the national
    office and other organizations.

  2. Maintain a supply of literature, insignia, forms, certificates, etc., needed by the leader
    to carry out the units program.

  3. Keep records of advancement, membership, training, etc., necessary for unit
    operation.

  4. Produce frequent newsletters to keep leaders informed of latest local and national
    Scouting events.

  5. Produce notices, minutes, agendas, etc., for district and council committees that
    develop programs for leader and unit support.
  6. Handle phone calls and visitors for information related to unit operation and Scouting
    procedures.
  7. Provide forms, applications, scoreboards, certificates, and literature helpful in unit
    program.
  8. Produce district and council calendars and schedules, programs, kits, and special aids
    to assist leaders and their committees.
  9. 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.

To assist leaders, the council employs a trained, full-time staff that counsels, guides, and inspires through:

  1. Informal training in unit operation.
  2. Person-to-person counseling on unit relationships, administrative, and operational
    problems.
  3. Guidance of all committees, commissioners, roundtables, meetings, conferences,
    courses, and district and council activities in the development of programs that
    directly benefit leaders and units.
  4. Contacts with community resources (clubs, churches, government, etc.), securing help
    for all units that they alone could not obtain, such as the use of parks, recreational
    areas, buildings for special affairs, picnic areas, campsites, and swimming facilities.

Providing the unit with district and council activities and service, the council:

  1. Plans and conducts various types of activities in which units participate, such as
    Scouting Anniversary Week and Scout shows.
  2. Organizes camporees, Cub Scout day camps, local jamborees, high-adventure trips,
    Venturing events, and absorbs overhead costs to keep participants' expense to a
    minimum.
  3. Works with various community groups to arrange for Scout participation in civic
    affairs and Good Turn projects.
  4. Recruits and trains a corps of commissioners for assisting with unit program and
    maintaining standards.

In educational and relationships programs, the council provides the leader with:

  1. A library of audiovisual equipment for use in training and promotional programs.
  2. Informal and formal training courses with most of the cost of literature and materials,
    etc., and all the staff time included in the council budget.
  3. Monthly roundtables for the benefit of leaders, committee members, assistants, and
    den leaders, providing materials, staff, and other costs.
  4. Scouter's Key, training awards, Den Leader’s Training Award, Silver Beaver Award,
    and other Scouter recognitions and Eagle badges.
  5. A merit badge counselor corps for more than 125 subjects.
  6. A variety of advancement forms and certificates without charge.

In the field of camping and outdoor activities, the council:

  1. Maintains reservations for year-round camping and Cub Scout family outdoor events.
    (Our Scout reservations serve as year-round activities, camping, and training centers.)
  2. Offers units the use of equipment for short-term weekend, year-round camping.
  3. Covers costs of camp repairs, replacement, utilities, maintenance, taxes, insurance,
    and camp ranger. (These and other charges are not paid for by youths' fees.)
  4. 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.)
  5. Provides campers' savings cards, unit leaders' guidebook, camp slides, folders,
    literature, and other aids to help units with their outdoor program.
  6. Provides scholarships or "camperships" for Scouts who need help to have a
    summertime camp experience.
  7. 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.)

To help the leader develop the unit program, the council provides, without charge:

  1. Program helps, program planning charts and calendar of activities, meetings, and
    special events.
  2. Awards such as ribbons, certificates, roundup awards.
  3. Roundup, camporee, and Scouting Anniversary Week kits, posters, and other
    materials.
  4. Sample song sheets, ceremonies, parents' night program outlines, training aids, etc.
  5. Source materials and personnel.
  6. Materials, books, pamphlets, folders, audiovisuals, and special helps from the national
    office and cooperating organizations.

To protect the unit leader, the council:

  1. Screens requests for services, money-earning project proposals – guarding against
    improper use of Scouting commercialism and exploitation.
  2. Maintains liability insurance for the protection of all members and chartered
    organizations.
  3. Has staff members available at all times to meet any emergency.
  4. Conducts Youth Protection training for all adult leaders.

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