Bishop / Ward Scout Executive
Head of the Chartered Organization / Institutional Head
(BSA position code: IH)
Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.
The Purposes of Your Calling: Select worthy adult leaders to work with the youth in the ward.
The purposes of LDS Scouting are twofold. Those of the Aaronic Priesthood:
- Become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live by its teachings.
- Serve faithfully in priesthood callings and fulfill the responsibilities of priesthood offices.
- Give meaningful service.
- Prepare and live worthily to receive / Melchizedek Priesthood and temple ordinances.
- Prepare to serve an honorable full-time mission.
- Obtain as much education as possible.
- Prepare to become a worthy husband and father.
- Give proper respect to women, girls, and children.
(Handbook 2 8.1.3)
Second, it is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people, and other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on the Scout Oath and Law. The aims of Scouting are to develop in youth (1) a strong ethical character, (2) an active, participating citizenship, including leadership ability, and (3) personal fitness: physical, mental, emotional and moral.
Guidelines of Your Stewardship:
Your calling as Bishop has many responsibilities in the Church. When you accepted your Church calling, part of this also included accepting responsibilities in Scouting.
The bishop is the executive officer or the head of the chartered organization (in LDS Scouting, the chartered organization is the ward). Most executive officers of organizations which have charters with local councils of the BSA are extremely busy individuals who are unable to devote a great deal of time to Scouting. Therefore, the BSA authorizes the head of the chartered organization (in the Church, this is the bishop) to designate someone else who can represent the ward in Scouting matters. Accordingly, the bishop assigns one of his counselors (usually the 2nd Counselor) to serve as the ward’s representative to the district, and to therefore serve as a voting member of the district committee. This person is called the chartered organization representative (COR).
As the Executive Officer, the Bishop should ensure that the Counselor assigned as the COR attends to his responsibilities. Both the Bishop and a new COR jointly signs on the COR line on an adult application when there is a new COR.
If an adult being considered for a ward Scout leadership calling is new to the ward, the Bishop should
check with the prior bishop to make certain all is in order before the calling is issued.
As the Bishop, you need to Register as an Adult Scout Leader with the Scout Office as the “Institutional Head”, using position code IH and take Youth Protection Training at least once every other year.