The Troop is supported by a Troop Committee, all volunteers. There is a Troop Committee Chairman and Vice Committee Chairperson and other troop committee members. Most troop committees consist of family members and members of the troop's chartered organization.
The chartered organization is granted a charter by the Boy Scouts of America to use the Scouting program. This chartered organization can be a school, service club, religious group, or other group interested in youth. In Troop 540's case, The Exchange Club is our chartering organization and approves the leadership of the troop, and provides guidance as necessary to ensure that we operate within the guidelines and policies of their organization and the BSA.
Troops in our area are organized into a District based on geographic boundaries determined by the local Council. Our district is referred to as the Charter Oak District. At the district level, summer camps, day camps, leader roundtables, and other events are planned. The district supports units through membership and program services. Troop 540 has a District Executive (Sally Clement) assigned to assist us in securing the resources we needs. There are thousands of districts.
Districts are grouped into a Council. Troop 540 is a member of the CT Rivers Council which is responsible for growing a successful scouting program in its locality. A Council owns camp property and runs summer camps. It also offers fundraising programs, adult training, and service projects to support the troop units. According to the BSA National Council there are over 300 councils.
Councils in a geographic area are grouped into an Area of which there are 26 in the country. Each area director works with 10 to 15 councils. The area director maintains contact with the Scout Executive in a council and provides support as needed.
Areas are grouped into a Region of which there are 4 in the country. Regional management centers are liaisons between councils and the Boy Scouts National Council. A region provides direct support to its councils in the areas of fund raising, program, computers, and administration. Regional offices provide direct support services to Area Directors.
BSA National Council, located in Irving, Texas, is the governing body of the scouting program in the United States. They set policy, offer national awards, organize national jamborees, have 3 high-adventure camps, and define the scouting program. There are many helpful resources on their website. On-line registration and membership support, program and literature development, advancement support, liability insurance, and maintaining program consistency across the country are all services provided by the National Council.