The Bishop's Checklist for Successful Ward Scouting


1.
  Provide at least two-deep quality (that means TRAINED) leadership in all scouting units.
2.
  Scouting leader job descriptions are made available when each new leader is called.
3.
  Leaders read The LDS Scouting Handbook and provide for its implementation.
4.
  A leader training checklist is maintained to ensure that each is Fast Start, Basic Trained, and Advance Trained. Ask for stake assistance soon after calls are given.
5.
  A ward Scout Committee Meeting is held monthly for all scouting leaders.
6.
  All leaders attend District Roundtable and become familiar with respective scouting organizations, held usually on second Thursday of each month, except during summer.
7.
  In ward, Leadership Loose leafs, unit program/activity and appropriate organizational support materials are maintained by each leader, later to be turned over to his successor; thereby maintaining the programs planned, and drawing upon the evaluations and histories.
8.
  A complete and balanced program is implemented as outlined in organizational support materials.
9.
  Leaders/boys plan and have approved activities at least three months in advance, including alternate plans, and project calendars tentatively for one year. Rule One: Have Fun.
10.
  Coordinate ward planning with stake and District calendars.
11.
  Adequate committee support for leaders is maintained and active.
12.
  A current complete roster on all boys and their advancements is maintained
13.
  Each boy advances at least one scout rank and receives one merit badge every six months.
14.
  Courts of Honor are attended by all leaders to show support for young men. See Stake calendar.
15.
  Re-charter, and register all active boys, particularly those who move in during the year. This is important for purposes of leaders' and boys' liability and insurance coverage.
16.
  Tour Permits are mandatory for all outside the ward activities that involve travel, approved a WEEK in advance at the scout office.
17.
  Well in advance, plan and provide for one summer extended outing, 3-5 day activity each year, for Scouting, Varsity and Venturing units. Some units may be combined.
18.
  Assist young men to earn the necessary funds through employment for extended summer outing.
19.
  If necessary provide for one major fund raising opportunity to support the summer activity.
20.
  Leaders and scout units should be uniformed to the extent possible.
21.
  Share this information with scouting leaders.
22.
  Goal for the year: a Quality Award by each ward scouting unit.
23.
  Leave your good Scout leaders in their positions long enough to utilize their training, and experience. When calling new leaders, consider the tenure asked of Bishops and Stake Presidents. Good Scout leaders should also have extended callings and not be changed just for change sake. 3 years should be considered a minimum time and 5 years should be the average you shoot for.

The ultimate purpose of scouting is to raise up great spiritual leaders. President Spencer W. Kimball.