2021 Centennial Commissioner Meeting

2021 Centennial Commissioner Meeting
9495 E Florida Ave
Denver, CO 80247, US
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Youth experience Scouting in packs, troops, crews and posts. The healthier the unit, the more wonderful things will happen for these youth involved in Scouting. To help make this occur, the Boys Scouts of America provides a program of unit service through adult Scouters specifically commissioned to help chartered organizations and unit leaders to achieve the aims of Scouting by using the methods of Scouting.

These commissioned Scouters wear a shoulder patch with a wreath surrounding the Scout symbol. Commissioner Service is the organization within Scouting that provides a program of unit service. Because of the importance of unit service to the successful delivery of the Scouting program, you will find Commissioners at every level of Scouting. And all of these Commissioners are there as a team to help assure that individual Scouts get the best possible program.

At the national level, BSA has a National Commissioner. Similarly, each Council has a Council Commissioner and Assistant Council Commissioners. However, it is at the District level that you will find more than 95% of BSA's Commissioners serving as District, Assistant District, Roundtable, and Unit Commissioners.

In each District you will find three types of commissioners:

  •  Administrative/Management Commissioners: This includes the District Commissioner and the Assistant District Commissioners. Their primary responsibilities are recruiting, training, guiding, and evaluating the Commissioner staff. In larger Districts you may find that their are line managers and specialty advisors within the Commissioner staff. For example you may have Assistant District Commissioners that manage several Unit Commissioners in a Service Area and others that specialize in re-chartering, training, or the administration of Commissioner service.
  • Unit Commissioners: Unit Commissioners are assigned to one or more units, which they serve and counsel. In some Councils and Districts, Exploring units are served by Unit Commissioners and in others by Exploring service team members.
  •  Roundtable Commissioners: Roundtable Commissioners provide unit leaders with resources and training in program skills through regularly scheduled roundtable meetings.

The Commissioner's Mission

The Commissioners mission is to keep Units operating at maximum efficiency so they can deliver a quality program to a growing membership. The Commissioners role is to develop strength within the Unit by providing program resources, and acting as the liaison between the Unit and the District and Council. This helps Units provide the best possible Scouting program, which ultimately helps assure that individual Scouts have the best opportunity to:

  • Develop good character traits
  • Participate and use good citizenship skills
  • Practice personal fitness.

In general, the goals of Commissioner Service through the execution of a successful unit service plan are to:

  • Help see that the objectives of Scouting are being carried out.
  • Assure that each unit has strong, competent unit leadership.
  • Promote regular meetings of unit committees.
  • Encourage growth in youth membership
  • Help assure that Scouts and units take an active part in District and Council activities.
  • Foster a positive relationship between the chartered organization and its unit leaders.

This unit service program is invaluable to both the chartered organizations and the local Council when it is thoroughly understood and wisely administered.

The Commissioner's Pledge

On My Honor: I will do my best to attend the monthly staff meetings and monthly district roundtables: 

  • I will accept basic training as a commissioner and see that my assigned units have qualified, trained adult leadership:
  • I will secure and wear the uniform and insignia pertaining to my office and will encourage all adult leaders and boys to so do: 
  • I will assist my unit leaders to prepare their annual charter registration papers and see to it that all, of my assigned units register on time: 
  • I will report at least monthly as to my contacts with each of my units by using the commissioner report card, which is supplied by the council:
  • I will strive to exemplify the ideals of the scout oath and law in all of my service as a commissioner and in my personal life.
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