This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
1. District arranges to make Boy Fact Survey:
(a) To find out how many boys and parents want Scouting.
(b) To secure facts about institutions, organizations and agencies for sponsorship.
(c) To find out how many or few belong to other things.
(d) To secure "best man" list from boys and others.
(e) To secure facts helpful in promoting Scout Reading Program.
2. Recruit "best" men on selective recruiting basis in each neighborhood for boy leaders, Merit Badge Counselors, Committeemen, Commissioner Staff members and in the many other Scouter services of the Council.
3. Stimulate Community groups which will select Scoutmasters and sponsor Scout Troops, Tribes or other groups.
5. Add to District Operating Committees and relate to Council organization.
6. Make activities available to the boys as revealed by the Survey-with definite provisions for District Courts of Honor, camping and other programs and activities.
7. Secure and train their leaders-conduct a rural Leaders' Training Course.
8. Plan program for follow-up to help "service" them through the Council and District Commissioner Staff.
9. Plan with Finance Committee to raise funds in Dist.
10. Plan Council cooperation from and to the District.
11. Plan Round-Table Meetings for Scouters and Annual Scouter Conventions, with strong District representation.
Repeat above in other Districts one at a time until the Area Council is covered by well organized Districts.
A District Organization, in a Boy Scout Council, is something more than a group of interested men mobilized out of the District and undertaking definite duties as a part of a definite council plan of service to boys- it actually is the whole machinery and planned effort of the Local Council focussed into action in a part of the council area called the District.
The District Committee is the covering "organization unit" with two-way representation-having in its membership the representatives of all sections of the District as well as of all groups sponsoring Scouts or Cubs, and in turn the District Committee and its six Operating Committees are each represented on the corresponding Council Committee-to help plan, and then to be responsible for putting the plan into effect.
As its field visitation group, each District has its District Commissioner and his staff, responsible to the Scout Executive, and selected and trained to take Council service to the leaders and Boy Scouts using the program.
This whole District effort is to aid the District and its institutions, neighborhood groups, its rural and isolated homes in bringing Scouting opportunities to their own boys, irrespective of where they may live.