There are several possible configurations for establishing an LDS-BSA Relationships committee depending on the makeup of the communities served. Here are a few effective models:
If there is a high population of LDS stakes or coordinating councils within a BSA local council, an assigned Area Seventy would preside as chairman of the council LDS-BSA Relationships committee with sub-committees organized consistent with BSA districts and/or coordinating councils. An assigned stake president leads each sub-committee with stake presidency members from each stake serving as sub-committee members. Each sub-committee meets regularly. The assigned stake president of each sub-committee provides his Area Seventy with regular reports at coordinating council meetings or at other times. He also provides regular reports to the assigned Area Seventy who presides as the chairman of the council LDS-BSA Relationships committee. Typically, the assigned Area Seventy and/or one or more of the assigned stake presidents serve on the local council executive board.
When two or more BSA local councils extend over an LDS coordinating council it is necessary to establish LDS representation on each of the local councils’ LDS-BSA Relationships committees. The assigned Area Seventy designates a stake president to chair each of these committees. The committee consists of members of each stake presidency within the BSA local council and at times the committee may include high councilors or stake Young Men presidents. The committee meets regularly and each designated stake president provides the Area Seventy with regular reports at coordinating council meetings or at other times. In this situation either the Area Seventy or the assigned stake president serves on the local council executive board.
When a single LDS stake covers multiple BSA local councils it is still necessary to establish LDS representation on each of the local councils’ LDS-BSA Relationships committees. The assigned Area Seventy works with that stake president to determine which of their key stake Scouting leaders should chair each of the individual council LDS-BSA Relationships committees. Each of these committees meets regularly and each designated chairman provides the stake president regular reports. As requested the stake president provides the Area Seventy with regular reports at coordinating council meetings or at other times.
Possible Organization Chart
This chart will help you visualize how an effective committee should be organized. When committee
members have assignments they feel more commitment to the purposes of the committee. In areas
with fewer committee members, consider consolidating some of the assignments.