Meet the New Departments Under Experience-Oriented Scouting

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An infographic has been developed to help illustrate the role of the six new National Council departments and how they support our goal of Experience-Oriented Scouting. The document also highlights other department leadership and what hasn’t changed under the reorganization.

As the National Council continues to implement our continuous improvement process, we’ll be sharing updates on new programs, services and best practices. In the meantime, if you have additional questions or suggestions, send an email to

3 Responses to Meet the New Departments Under Experience-Oriented Scouting

  1. Tom Sakievich says:

    Ok…as a local ‘scouter’ my initial take on the graph looks like something belonging to a manufacturing company, something to drive national and local managers to support, and draw customers to our product line. In all the years in Scouting my only and misplaced focus, and that of many sponsors, have been – fun, rank, merit badges, outdoors, adventure. Where is the “Why.” Any group can provide similar ‘end products’ and without the formal inches thick policies. Baden Powell understood the few words of purposes for Scouting and based the explosive beginning on them. I haven’t heard a word of them since my start as a youth, neither since I was asked to get involved 21 years ago. The broadly worded Mission Statement and Vision can’t replace Powell’s mission statement or his vision. I’m a District Commissioner with 5,000 youth in two small Utah cities. I suggest that Powell’s methods would better drive our local and national processes, clarify the “why” in Scouting, and provide clarity to National’s internal support structure – without this conceptual chart. The chart seems to “flash” direction, without defining the Why in Scouting – beyond the “Outing in Scouting,” Mission, and Vision for it.

  2. David George Irvine, UC @ CIEC says:

    Just a simple observation and question. Having been involved in the LinkedIn Group for Scouting, on many levels and watching the Questions and Answers being asked. Most Districts or troops seem to have a discord or seem to be detached from National Directives, with answers like “our council doesn’t do it or we don’t do it that way”. With answers like that, how do you figure that organizing or changing department titles is going to congeal the BSA movement with common core directives if they don’t follow Nationals policies or directives now. And most items were simple policy or directives and this is from people in the middle of the country and eastern states.

  3. Dan Kurtenbach says:

    If this means that there will be a unified approach to program changes and development across all traditional programs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturing, and Sea Scouts), great! Maybe they will realize that having multiple programs serving the same population, with confusing terminology, is not a good idea.

    But if it means that everyone is responsible for all programs, it means no one is responsible. Each program has to have an advocate who is intimately familiar with how it works and its issues and concerns. (Venturing, for example, has been missing that since the reorg of 2008. Then its unique program elements were hijacked and watered down into insignificance. Coincidentally, Venturing’s membership numbers have dropped significantly.)

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