Bishopric Counselor / Chartered Organization Representative
Member of the District Committee
(BSA position code: CR)
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: Oversee and assist, through delegation to ward Scout leaders and by having personal contact with all the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, to ensure that the Ward and the Scouts achieve the purposes of LDS Scouting.
The Chartered Organization Representative (COR) in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) units is a member of the Bishopric (usually the Second Counselor). The COR, along with the Scout Committee Chair and the Scoutmaster, makes up the Scout Unit “Key 3”. The COR, along with the Cub Committee Chair and the Cubmaster, makes up the Cub Unit “Key 3”.
The Ward is the chartered organization and, as such, charters the pack and the troop with the Boy Scouts of America each year through the local council. The Chartered Organization Representative is the liaison between the chartered organization and its Scouting units (pack, troop). The COR represents the chartered organization on the local council level.
The Purposes of LDS Cub Scouting
- Character development.
- Spiritual Growth.
- Good citizenship.
- Sportsmanship and fitness.
- Family understanding.
- Respectful relations.
- Personal achievement.
- Friendly service.
- Fun and adventure.
- Preparation for Boy Scouting.
- Preparing to receive the Aaronic Priesthood.
Methods of Cub Scouting
- Living the Ideals – Scout Oath, Scout Law, the Cub Scout motto, and the Cub Scout sign, handshake, and salute
- Belonging to a Den
- Using Advancement -provides fun for the Scouts, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges
- Involving Family and Home
- Participating in Activities – These methods are what make Cub Scouting happen in the lives of boys and their families.
- Serving Home and Neighborhood – It helps Scouts strengthen connections to their local communities, which in turn support the boys’ growth and development.
- Wearing the Uniform – serve a dual purpose, demonstrating membership in the group and individual achievement
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 the 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 a member of the Bishopric has many responsibilities in the Church. When you accepted your Church calling, part of this also included accepting many important responsibilities in Scouting.
The Chartered Representative is:
1. The head of the Ward’s “Scouting Department” and a member of the Ward Key 3.
2. An active and involved voting member of the Zion District committee.
3. A voting member of the Utah National Parks Council representing the interests of the chartered organization.
As the Chartered Organization Representative, under the direction of the Ward Scouting Executive (the Bishop), you have many responsibilities.
- Ensure that the Adult Scout Leaders (including, but not limited to: Scout Committee Chair, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, Eleven Year Old Scout Leaders, Life-to-Eagle Coaches, Merit Badge Counselors, Cub Committee Chair, Cubmaster, and Den Leaders) hold meetings regularly and attend to their responsibilities.
- Attend Den Meetings, Pack Meetings, Patrol Meetings, Court of Honor, and other mutual activities as often as responsibly possible.
- Attend the annual District Committee meeting.
- Strongly encourage participation in training opportunities. In order to deliver the Scouting program, a leader must know what the Scouting program is. Training is provides via classroom and online formats.
- Get position specific basic trained by BSA (information below) as soon as reasonably possible. Ideally within 30-days of being called.
- In consultation with the ward Primary presidency and the Eleven Year Old Scout Leader, appoint a patrol leader for the Eleven Year Old Scouts.
- Encourage Adult Scout Leaders to attend monthly Scout Leadership Training Council. Lead by example and attend them as well.
- Hold monthly Ward Key 3 Scout Leaders Meetings and Pack and Scout committee meetings. Regular unit committee meetings are important to see that all functions are covered and that the unit leadership is properly supported.
- Oversee the annual rechartering of both the pack and the troop.
- Oversee the “Friends of Scouting” annual fundraiser.
- Encourage participation in Journey to Excellence.
- Ensure that the Adult Scout Leaders are current on Youth Protection Training and are following its requirements, including two deep leadership at all activities and outings.
- Either the COR or, under his delegation, the Committee Chair, should contact the three references listed on the Adult Application as part of the approval process of new Scout leaders.
As the Bishopric Counselor over Scouting, you need to Register as an Adult Scout Leader with the Scout Office as the “Chartered Organizational Rep”, using position code CR. (Note: on the adult application for a new COR both the COR and the Bishop, who is the Ward Scout Executive / Institution Head, should sign on the COR line).
While you are waiting for the Scout Office to process your paperwork, which will take about two weeks, we ask that you begin your position specific basic training, which consists of 4 online ScoutingU training classes.
- SCO_267 What is a Charter?
- SCO_268 Scouting Units
- SCO_269 The COR Position
- SCO_270 BSA Standards and Volunteers
- These 4 classes will take a total of about 50 minutes.
Alternatively you may take D72 Training the Chartered Org Rep” classroom training.
Stake leadership also requests that you take the ScoutingU course “SCO_530 Journey to Excellence”.
Continuing and additional training
You will need to retake Youth Protection Training at least once every other year, although annually is preferred.