Over 90% of Scout Councils in the United States have rural territory. About one-fourth of these contain only rural territory.

For the first and larger group, the planning for rural territory is part of a whole council program, which also serves urban populations. For the second and smaller group, the entire planning is to serve the small places and open country.

The general topic of a council annual plan is treated in the Handbooks for Local Councils and in the Training Courses and Conferences for Scout Executives. A bird's-eye view of the council's work as a whole, however, will not be inappropriate here.

In the first place, each council accepts a twofold responsibility for boyhood within its area:

1. To aid institutions and neighborhoods and their leaders in bringing to their boys the opportunities for growth in character through worthy self action and in citizenship through service-as are furthered by the Scouting Program.

2. To bring these opportunities to an ever widening circle, reaching out to all boys in the area.

To these ends, there are five main things the Council must do:

1. Mobilize the Council membership and maintain its interest and morale.

2. Effect the Council Organization of officers and committees and districts with accepted duties for each.

3. Build (cooperatively) a Council Work Plan and work the plan up from and through the districts.

4. Conduct regular meetings of the Executive Board and various committees and districts for administration and follow-up on progress.

5. Build and maintain a close relation to the community.

This Outline Gives Bird's-Eye View Of The Council In Action. I. Mobilize Its Membership

Majority, from Sponsoring Institution. Minority, at large (cross section).

1. Organize; adopt Constitution and By-Laws; elect Officers and Executive Board.

2. Fix Financial Policy.

3. Secure Scout Executive.

4. Build Committees and District Organization.

5. Secure Charter.

6. Take inventory of local boy conditions in each District.

7. Prepare Work Plan, cooperatively, and work it in each District.

8. Follow-up on progress by Executive Board meetings.

9. Make check-up reports to Local Council.

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II. Effect Council Set-Up


2. OPERATING COMMITTEES' Organization and Extension. Leadership Training. Camping and Activities. Health and Safety. Advancement.



Rural Scouting, Cubbing, Senior Scouting, Sea Scouting, Public Relations, Interracial.


District Committee-District Operating Committees, District Commissioner Staff.

III. Build (Cooperatively) A Council Work Plan- Including:

1. General Administration, financing and inventory to reveal needs.

2. The Organization of Troops, Tribes, Neighborhood Patrols and Lone Scouts, Packs, Dens and Lone Cubs in areas not yet reached.

3. The Training of all Leaders; rural and urban -leader morale building.

4. The Servicing of Troops and Units via District advancement committees and Courts of Honor, District Commissioners and their staffs.

5. Various Program Activities for Troops, Tribes, Patrols, etc. Advancement, Camping, Civic Service, Health and Safety, Reading, Inter-Troop Events, Cubbing, Senior Scouting (Sea Scouting, Explorer Scouting, Rovering), Scouting for Negro boys, and other racial groups. Each under committee oversight, and operating through the District Organization and with the leadership of the Commissioner staff.

6. Provision for committee meetings and periodic reports to Executive Board.

IV. Conduct Regular Meetings Of Executive Board For:

1. General administration of plan.

2. Interpreting policies.

3. Receiving monthly reports.

4. Having records kept.

5. Auditing expenditures.

6. Securing results on plan.

7. Arranging for Annual Meetings of Council.

8. Attending National Council Meetings.

V. Build And Maintain Close Relation To Community

Year-round educational publicity; reporting on boy needs and achievements; justifying community support and investment; awakening interest through various public contacts.

It will be seen that the general responsibilities just outlined relate directly to Scouting for boys in rural areas. The real responsibility is to see that serving the rural territory gets into the Council Plan and the District Plan.

To that end, every Council with rural territory should be certain to have on its Board and District Committee membership, as well as on other committees, men who can definitely represent the rural needs because they understand and are definitely interested in country life.

Many councils find it valuable to develop a Planning Committee on Rural Scouting for the council, composed of men who have knowledge of rural conditions, who have definite relations to farm organizations and rural life, and who have influence with rural people. On such a committee should be, naturally, the agricultural leaders of the area. Selections probably should be made from the laymen rather than from the salaried executives of rural organizations, as the employed executives have a full roster of executive duties.