W. D. Boyce New Unit Award

posted Aug 26, 2014, 12:43 PM by Chicora District   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 12:43 PM ]

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011

W. D. Boyce New Unit Award

One of the most well known story in scouting is about the British Boy Scout leading William D. Boyce through the London fog.

When Boyce returned to the United States, he helped to organize the Boy Scout movement in this country.

The BSA has developed a program to help you establish a new unit. Named after it’s founder, the William D. Boyce New Unit Organizer Award recognizes the founder or organizer of a new unit. For more information download the guide lines at .

This 36 page manual shows you the twelve steps an organizer goes through to organize a unit. No you don’t do it all by yourself. You get help at the community, district and council level.

Setting up a new unit shouldn’t be done in days or weeks. The Unit Organizer needs to make a commitment to the unit for at least six months or longer.

With the help of the District Executive, you talk to a potential organization about setting up a unit. You meet with the head of the organization and a group of adults interested in providing scouting in their area. This group becomes the core of your unit. From it comes the unit committee and leaders.

The District Training Committee makes sure your leaders become trained.

The Unit Commissioner becomes another part of the team. He or she provides experience, resources and assistance. When there are problems, the Commissioner helps to resolve them.

With the Commissioner, the DE can explain any BSA or council/district policies and programs.

Once you have the bones of the unit, it is time to start recruiting scouts. You may meet with the families within the organization or community to explain the benefits of scouting and invite them to become a part of the new unit.

The organizer helps organize programs and events. He or she encourages outdoor activities and advancement.

Just like “it takes a village to raise a child”, it takes a number of dedicated volunteers to grow a strong unit. The William D. Boyce New Unit Organizer Award guides you through the process.

(C) Richard Curran 2011