The district must carry out successfully all four functions of the National program, if its units are to prosper. Each function is justified by its contribution to the establishment and support of Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Exploring.
Through the program function, troops can be helped to attend the council camp, but only if the money is available to maintain and operate the camp.
Through the program function a crew can be helped to improve its advancement, but not until someone organizes the crew.
So district volunteers all aim themselves in a single direction: toward the establishment and support of the movement’s programs by means of its functions.
It would be a mistake to assume that since there are four district functions, program is only a fourth of the district’s responsibility. The establishment and support of the Scouting program is its whole responsibility. However, most volunteers who work within the program function concentrate on one or more of the areas of program: camping/outdoor activities, activities and civic service, training, or advancement and recognition.