The mechanics of Scouting
By Chester Martin, Special to The Times
Lincoln County is one of 37 counties that make up the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The council is divided into areas and districts for management and administrative purposes. Lincoln County is one of four counties that make-up the David Crockett District.
Each district is served by an assigned scouting professional that provides services such as helping to recruit Scouts, provide training as required to volunteers, and serve as the link between each unit within the district and the council office.
Each district has a district committee made up of adults from the district that has agreed to serve as a committee member. Most of the members have a background in Scouting, either as a Boy Scout when younger or in some cases a parent or grandparent that has a son or grandson in a Scout troop. Others serve because they know the values and opportunities that Scouting to young boys and want to provide a quality scouting program to those that become a troop member.
Our district has been fortunate to have an effective district committee for the last several years.
Think of the district committee as the support group that provides the necessary elements that are necessary for a successful program. Areas such as camping, advancement, finance, and publicity are just some of the main areas that are covered. Arrangements are made to locate places for district camping events that are held three times each year. These are spring, fall, and winter weekend campouts for every troop in the district. Summer camping is done at Boxwell Scout Reservation near Gallatin. This is a weeklong camp that provides a full range of scouting activities.
Advancement is another area supported by the committee. The committee arranges review boards required for the Eagle Scout Award. To complete the trail to Eagle a scout must complete all the requirements including a service project, fill out the proper forms, and prepare a detailed report of his service project. He then must appear before the review board and describe his service project. He then is asked questions by the review board members about his project, his time in scouting, and about his plans for the future.
If you are ever asked to serve on a review board, say yes. You will be amazed at the young man being reviewed and come away with a feeling that our Boy Scouts have prepared themselves for a bright future through hard work and dedication.
Finance the local scouting program is another important function of the district committee. Each year a “Friends of Scouting” luncheon is held to provide Scouting supporters with a review of the district activities for the past year, plans for the coming year, and an opportunity to support Scouting with a financial commitment.
The First National Bank has sponsored this activity for a number of years. Each year there is a program with a featured speaker. This year the main speaker was Ross Browner. Mr. Browner played football for Notre Dame and went on to the National Football League where he had a very successful career.
Members of this committee are drawn from each county that makes up the Davis Crockett District. The counties are Lincoln, Giles, Lawrence, and Wayne. This year as the 2013 committee is recruited and organized two goals have been established. The first goal is ensure that every boy that wants to experience Scouting will have the opportunity. The second goal is that we have a program better than the previous year, or in different words, a continuous improvement program. Why not be a part of this scouting experience?