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What is a Commissioner?
Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America. They also oversee the unit charter renewal plan so that each unit reregisters on time with an optimum number of youth and adult members.
Scouters fill different roles as a Commissioner (in ascending hierarchy):
- Unit Commissioner (UC) – A Scouter that "has been there, done that, got tons of Scout T-Shirts and has worn several of them out." He helps the unit leadership do a better job in delivering the Scouting program.
- Asst. District Commissioner (ADC) – This Scouter works with unit commissioners in helping them do a better job serving the units.
- District Commissioner (DC) – This Scouter works with the ADCs and UCs in helping units do a better job in serving units.
- District Roundtable Commissioners – These Scouters provide resources and skills to help units at the monthly district roundtable meetings deliver a better program on the Unit level.
- Asst. Council Commissioner (ACC) – These Scouters serve various roles under the direction of the council commissioner to help communicate the aims and goals of scouting and program changes through and to the commissioner corps.
- Council Commissioner (CC) – This Scouter works with the council president and council scout executive in ensuring the aims and goals of Scouting within the council are met and achieved.
Ask your unit leader about the unit commissioner assigned to your unit. If you do not know your unit commissioner or would like to serve as a commissioner contact the district commissioner for your district.
Excerpts from The Commissioner Newsletter, www.scouting.org
Commissioner training has been significantly revised for 2012. Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to a position-specific course for unit commissioners, new-unit commissioners, and district and assistant district commissioners. Focusing the training on concepts needed for each position made it possible to shorten the training from three sessions that were each two hours long to one session that is about three hours long. The College of Commissioner Science has undergone a major overhaul – courses have been dropped, renumbered or revised. An entirely new Continuing Education curriculum has been added. Section III, Chapter 4 of the Administration of Commissioner Service , has been updated to include information on how to plan and conduct a Commissioner College. Also included is budgeting, using Internet techniques for conducting a remote college, degree requirements and more. The new and updated training courses are ready for use and available for download from the Commissioners website at www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Commissioners.
Steve Lanni, Mid-America Council Commissioner
The Ideal Year of Scouting is important to district leaders because it simply makes Scouting better. Commissioners are dedicated Scouters, so we know the value of Scouting is immeasurable. Scouting is good for our community and good for those involved in ways that span large and small.
When you encourage the units in your district to utilize the Ideal Year of Scouting, you are helping them provide a better, more effective Scouting program for the youth who are currently involved and those who will be recruited to join. Units who plan using the Ideal Year of Scouing have more parent involvement and Scouts stay in the program longer. It’s a proven method of making Scouting better.
When a unit achieves the Journey to Excellence, you know that they are providing top quality program to their Scouts. The Journey to Excellence is a set of criteria, or a checklist, that unit uses to plan the Ideal Year of Scouting. Achieving the Ideal Year of Scouting through the Journey to Excellence helps the Mid-America Council make good on our Promise to Parents: Parents will say Scouting in Mid-America Council offers their family fun and adventurous things to do. This fun and adventure will help their son or daughter develop leadership skills and values important to good citizenship and service to others.
to learn all about the Journey to Excellence.
There are four (4) important guide books for all commissioners. Click on the image below to download a copy or for more information.
The U.S. Scouting Service Project web site for Commissioners, started in 1994. This resource has evolved to become even more useful by adding "ASK ANDY" – a column written by a Scouter for Scouters – and in 2011 moved to a more interactive platform (i.e., a blog) so commissioner can ask questions and get answers.
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