The John Ross District serves Scouting units in Northwest Georgia and in parts of Tennessee including the counties of Catoosa, Dade, Grundy, Marion and Walker. John Ross District is located in the Cherokee Area Council.

Our district is named for Chief John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. The purpose of the district committee is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. The end result of effective district support is more and more youth members receiving a better and better program.

Our district, like all others, is responsible for carrying out four standard functions:

  1. Membership
    The membership function strives for growth through the organization of new Scouting units and through new members and adult volunteers joining existing units and working to retain current members.
  2. Finance
    The finance function sees that the district provides its share of funds to the total council operating budget.
  3. Program
    The program function concentrates on helping Scouting units with camp promotion; special activities including community service; training adult volunteers; and youth advancement and recognition.
  4. Unit service
    The unit service function provides direct coaching and consultation by district volunteers for unit adults to help ensure the success of every Scouting unit.

The membership, finance, and program functions are carried out by members of the district committee. The unit service function is carried out by the district commissioner staff.

The order in which the functions are listed is not meant to suggest the order of their importance but the natural interrelationship and flow of the functions. The movement cannot achieve its purpose without first organizing units and enrolling members. The district cannot support its units without the funds to do it. Unit programs are supported by the district through its program functions and unit service. All four functions are equally important and necessary. If one suffers from lack of attention, all
the work of the district suffers.