Tuesday, May 30, 2017

 

Eagle River District Committee

The Eagle River District Committee meets the Tuesday before each District Roundtable.  For most months, this is the first Tuesday of the month.  Sometimes this is the last Tuesday of the previous month.  Check the distict calendar for each  scheduled meeting.  The monthly District Committee Meetings are held at the Paperjack Elementary School, in the Library (Media Center).  Meetings start at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

The Eagle River District Committee is a collection of active volunteer Scouters who work together to organized, support, and enrich Scouting programs in the Eagle River District.  They are responsible for the successful coordination of the Scouting membership, finance, and program functions in the district.

The following is a listing of the District Committee Chairs.  Listed are the major responsiblities for each District Committee Chair.  We are looking for additional committee members.  Each the District Committee Opportunities page for open positions.

 

 

District Chair

  • Serve on the Council Executive Board as District Representative.
  • Recruit Committee Chairs and Committee Members to carry out the District plans and functions.
  • Work with the District Commissioner and District Executive to coordinate and achieve goals for the District, and ensure the success of the Scouting units.
  • Recognize individuals, committees, and Chartered Organizations for their Scouting accomplishments.
  • Preside at monthly District Committee meetings.
  • Support Local and National Scouting policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Help to secure support for Scouting from top community leaders throughout the District.

 

 

District Vice Chair

  • Coordinate Committee Chairs and Committee Members to carry out the District plans and functions.
  • Work with the District Commissioner, District Chairman and District Executive to coordinate and achieve goals for the District, and ensure the success of the Scouting units.

 

District Commissioner

The Commissioner Staff is a collection of experienced volunteer Scouters who work with unit leaders, committees, and chartered organization representatives to help them run a quality Scouting program for their youth. The District Commissioner assigns Unit Commissioners to individual units. The purpose is to provide guidance and resources to unit leaders and committees for organizing quality programs, and to address specific needs or issues as they arise. 
  • Involve unit adults in training and roundtables.
  • Coach the Chartered Organization Representatives.
  • Guide Roundtable Commissioners to ensure that monthly roundtables are well attended, and provide practical and exciting unit program ideas.
  • Work with the District Chairman and District Executive to help meet District goals.
  • Promote the use of the Quality Unit program for Packs and Troops as a standard of good unit operation; and set objectives to increase the number of Quality Units.

District Executive

  • Provide professional coaching and guidance to unit volunteers.
  • Provide suggestions and answers to unit leaders with questions about the Boy Scouts of America program.
  • Maintain regular contact with the heads of Chartered Organizations.
  • Provide behind-the-scenes administrative skill.
  • Give inspiration and encouragement to unit and District level volunteers.
  • Arrange for the Council's office services such as mailings, meeting notices, and support materials.
  • Recruit District level volunteers to form the District Committee.
  • Assist District level volunteers in planning and carrying out District events such as training courses and activities.

Activities Chair

The Activities Committee's goal is to help plan and coordinate programs that will be challenging, thought provoking, good spirited, and FUN. The Eagle River District Annual Programs that are coordinated by the Activities Committee include:

  • Fall Camporee
  • Conservation Day of Service
  • Klondike Derby
  • Cub Chariot Races
  • Pinewood Derby
  • Spring Expo

Any Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or Venturing Crewt that would like to sponsor an event, please call anyone on the committee. It will involve a little work, but you will have LOTS OF FUN doing it. The Committee coordinates and works closely with the Sponsoring Unit of each event. Each Sponsoring Unit will have the full support, resources, and experience of the Committee to help them.

Advancement Chair

  • Assist Pack, Troops, Teams and Crews in resolving advancement questions and issues, and help unit leaders establish and maintain proper advancement procedures in their units.
  • Provide guidelines and instructions to unit leaders and committees for conducting Boards of Review and Courts of Honor.
  • Provide Merit Badge counselor list.
  • Review and approve service project plans submitted by Eagle Scout candidates.
  • Arrange and conduct Boards of Review for Eagle Scout candidates. 
  • Review and process "Recommendation for Lifesaving or Meritorious Action" award.
  • Recognize adults in the District for exemplary service to youth and community through the presentation of District and Council awards, such as the District Award of Merit.
  • Promote non-rank related advancement including the religious awards for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers, and other recognition awards for Scouts.

Camping Chair

  • Encourage short-term camping experiences for all Scout units.
  • Promote Cub Scout Day Camp, Webelos Camp, and Cub Scout Family Camping. 
  • Promote Boy Scout Summer Camp, Winter Camp, and Local and National High Adventure experiences, such as "OKPIK" High Adventure Winter Camp.
  • Promote the Order of the Arrow as the National Honor Society of the BSA for service to Scouts and units.
  • Guide units to comply with the National Camping Standards and policies including local and national tour plans.
  • Encourage units to earn the Cub Scout Summertime Pack Award, and Boy Scout Troop National Camping Award.

Finance Chair

The Finance Committee is responsible for raising funds to build, improve and operate camps, to maintain a professional staff, and to provide training and other services to units throughout the District. The District meets its financial goals principally through three annual fundraising programs:District enrollment - Contributions are raised from District Committee members, Commissioner staff, and others who are demonstrating their support by serving Scouting.
Family enrollment - Parents of Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Explorers and Venturers are encouraged to contribute. This is entirely voluntary and not a condition for membership in Scouting.
Community enrollment - All prospects who are not enrolled in the District or family programs, such as business and community leaders, former youth and adult members and previous contributors.
  • Ensure implementation of Council finance policies.
  • Serve as a Council Finance Committee member, if stated in council bylaws.
  • Recruit and train committee on tasks provided by Council Finance Committee.
  • Ensure the acquisition of funds for the Council budget.
  • Maintain cooperative relations with the United Way.
  • Support Friends of Scouting (FOS) plan and campaign.
  • Develop prospects for FOS.
  • Encourage unit participation in Family FOS campaign.
  • Support Council "project selling" (gift in kind) program.
  • Support Council "trust fund" promotion.
  • Achieve District's share of Council finance campaign.
  • Support District activities that involve income and expenses, assuring proper policy and adult control.

Membership Chair

  • Organize new Packs, Troops, Teams, and Venturing Crews.
  • Recruit and train organizers for units (new and reorganized).
  • Cultivate interest of potential Chartered Organizations and community groups.
  • Work with District Commissioner and District Training staff to provide new units with personnel.

Nominating Chair

The Nominating Committee is responsible for choosing the following:

  • District Chair
  • District Program, Finance, and Membership Chairs
  • District Commissioner
  • District Members-at-Large

 

Order of the Arrow Chapter Advisor

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's National Honor Society, honoring Scouts for their dedication to the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law. The Order of the Arrow Lodge for Northern Star Council is Totanhan Nakaha Lodge. To be a member of the OA, a Scout must be elected by the members of his unit during elections that occur each year during January, February and March. After being elected, a Scout becomes a candidate for membership. He is inducted at an Ordeal Weekend, which is held annually in the Fall. After ten months as an Ordeal member, Scouts decide to seal their membership in the Order with the Brotherhood, the full membership of the Order. Some members are honored with the Vigil Honor, the highest honor of membership in the Order. Each Lodge elects youth officers (under 21 years of age), who serve one year terms to lead the Lodge and Chapters. Adults serve as Advisers. The Order of the Arrow prides itself on its dedication to cheerful service. Totanhan Nakahahas completed many hours of service and many notable projects in our Council camps. 
 

Public Relations Chair

  • Advise units on how to publicize and promote their activities in the local news media.
  • Publicize Scouting and District Scouting events in the local news media.
  • Coordinate with the Council in promoting a positive image of Scouting.

Training Chair

  • Advise unit leaders on training needs and opportunities.
  • Hold Basic Leader Training as needed to meet the requirements of the District.
  • Encourage advanced adult leader training such as Wood Badge for Scout Leaders.
  • Support Council-wide training events such as Powderhorn and Kodiak for Venturing Leaders and University of Scouting for all leaders.
  • Promote Regional and National training events such as Akela Calls and Philmont Training Center courses for all Scout Leaders.
  • Support youth leader training such as Den Chief and Gray Wolf.
  • Administer the training knot award program for all adult Scouting leaders.

Venturing Officers Association Advisor

  • Reports to the Youth Development committee chair and serves as a member of that committee.
  • In consultation with the staff advisor and president, appoints and supervises associate volunteer and subsidiary volunteer advisors to work with any youth appointed by the president.
  • Works with the president and associate volunteer advisors, and coordinates with advisors at the tiers above and below him or her.
  • Serves as a mentor and advocate for the president.
  • Ensures fiscal, programmatic, and risk management issues are properly addressed.
  • Is familiar with the operations of any relevant Scouting organizations in their territory.

Webmaster Chair

Maintains district website design and keep content current using basic web design tools

  • Support and uphold the policies, procedures, and programs of the Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America.
  • Collect current information on district events, activities, and contacts from district committee.
  • Update district website through remote web access
  • Attend quarterly Council Webmaster meetings.

 

 

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