About Us

About Scouting

building block graphicBSA Mission Statement:"The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."

Scout Oath: "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."

Scout Law: "A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent."

The Boy Scouts of America — incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916 — provides an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.  As a result, more than 100 million Americans have experienced the traditional, values-based program offered by the BSA.

Scouting is based on life skills education, leadership development, citizenship, and values training. Its unique methods of program presentation are designed to help build youth with strong character who are physically fit and prepared to be good citizens.

What is the District and How Does It Function?

District Functions

Scouting in the Atlanta Area Council's districts is administered through a voluntary association of citizens which includes members at large and representatives of the organizations chartered by the Boy Scouts of America to use the Scouting program. Four major functions are involved in achieving the purposes of the district: finance, membership, and program, (all administered through a volunteer District Chairman), and direct unit service (under the volunteer District Commissioner).

Finance

Each district within the council has finance goals based on a fair-share formula. Financing within the district is by participation in the campaigns conducted by the fundraising committees of the council. Successful financing of the council is the direct result of conducting the fundraising programs within each district.

Membership

The Federal charter from Congress charges the Boy Scouts of America to make its program available to all who are eligible, while recognizing that young people must become members in order to derive the benefits available from the Scouting program. Those who administer this program serve by actively recruiting new chartered organizations (our partners) and new members

Program

Volunteers who work within the program function concentrate on one or more specific areas including camping/outdoor activities and civic service, training, and advancement and recognition.

Unit service

The primary objective of the Commissioner's staff is to make good Scouting happen in the lives of youth members. As friends and counselors of unit leaders, unit commissioners provide the resources of the district and council to the units they serve and the chartered organizations which operate those units through charters from the Boy Scouts of America. Service to units is critical to unit success and longevity