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Title: Commissioner Basic Training

Commissioner Basic Training
  • Welcome to One Day session
  • Will include
  • Why Commissioners?
  • The Commissioners Top Priority the Unit
  • How to Help a Unit

Commissioner Basic Training
  • Why Commissioners?

Learning Objectives
Session One
At the end of this session, you should be able to
  • State the purpose of the Boy Scouts of America
  • State the mission of the council and district
  • Explain the four-function concept of council
  • and district operation
  • Describe the commissioner unit service role
  • and its relationship to supporting a unit in a
    quality program
  • State the methods and steps of good unit program

Aims Methods of Scouting
  • Association with youth adults
  • Ethical decision making
  • Group activities
  • Recognition
  • Democratic process
  • Curiosity, exploration adventure
  • Advancement
  • High adventure sports
  • Activities
  • Service
  • Personal development
  • Special programs events
  • Ideals
  • Patrols
  • Outdoors
  • Advancement
  • Personal growth
  • Adult association
  • Leadership development
  • Uniform
  • Home neighborhood centered
  • Parent involvement
  • Advancement plan
  • The den
  • Ideals
  • Uniform
  • Activity program

Character Development Citizenship
Training Personal Fitness
Missions of the
To organize and support successful units.
  • Four-Function Plan of council and district
  • Membership/Relationships
  • Available to all youth
  • Finance
  • Provide adequate funds
  • Program
  • Maintain standards policies
  • Unit Service
  • Serve chartered organizations

To guide and support its districts
A COUNCIL is a voluntary association of citizens
which promotes the Scouting program within a
geographical area.
The Commissioner Concept
The commissioner is the liaison between the local
council and Scouting units. The commissioners
mission is to keep units operating at maximum
efficiency, maintain regular contact with unit
leaders, counsel leaders on where to find
assistance, note weaknesses in programs, and
suggest remedies. The commissioner is successful
when units effectively deliver the ideals of
Scouting to their members.
Mission Keep units operating Regular
contact Counsel leaders Help fix problems
Most Important Resource
Contains Commissioner Orientation Orientation
Projects The Commissioner Concept The District
Commissioner Staff Providing Unit Service Your
Commissioner Style Be a Lifesaving
Commissioner How to remove a Volunteer Counseling
Youth Protection Unit Charter Renewal Unit
Commissioner Training Resources Self-Evaluation Di
stinguished Commissioner Service Award
Job of Unit Commissioner
Review answers to pre-opening quiz Refer to
Commissioner Job Description cards
Commissioners Role
What are the five major roles of a commissioner?
  • Friend
  • Representative
  • Unit doctor
  • Teacher
  • Counselor

More details in Commissioner Fieldbook, page 11
Supporting the Unit
Buzz groups
Identify and discuss at least 5 indicators that
should be monitored to determine the health of a
scouting unit.
Cub Scout Pack Boy Scout Troop
Supporting the Unit
What are the indicators to be monitored?
Cub Scout Pack Boy Scout Troop
  • Meeting operation
  • Youth leadership
  • Advancement
  • Adult assistance
  • Attendance
  • Outdoor program
  • Patrol activity
  • Budget plan
  • Membership
  • Planned program
  • Leadership
  • Webelos den
  • Advancement
  • Attendance
  • Adult attendance
  • Den activity
  • Tiger Cub den
  • Den chiefs or den aides
  • Membership
  • Planned program

Supporting the Unit
Would a tool for evaluating a units health be
How might you use these worksheets?
Would a unit leader resist evaluation?
If you understood the units profile, where might
you go for help?
Commissioner Helps for Packs, Troops, and Crews
Commissioner Worksheet
Unit Program Planning
Plan your work and work your plan
Understand the program planning process tools
(see chapter 24, Cub Scout Leader Book)
  • Resources to help with program planning
  • Cub Scout and Webelos Scout Program Helps
  • Pack Program Planning Chart
  • Cub Scout Leader Program Notebook
  • Council Program Calendar
  • Chartered Organization program needs
  • Other planning opportunities
  • Annual Pack program planning conference
  • (attended by Cubmaster, pack committee, den
    leaders, den chiefs, parents, unit commissioner)
  • Monthly pack leaders planning meeting
  • Monthly den chief den leader meeting

Unit Program Planning
Plan your work and work your plan
Follows a pattern which involves the boys (see
chapter 8, Scoutmaster Handbook)
  • Resources to help with program planning
  • Troop Program Features
  • Troop Program Planning Worksheets
  • Boy Scout Leader Program Notebook
  • Council Program Calendar
  • Charter organization program needs
  • Five Planning Steps
  • Do homework (get information ready)
  • Find out what Scouts want
  • Hold troop leaders program planning conference
  • (attended by Patrol Leaders Council and
  • Obtain troop committee support
  • Share the plan with scouts, parents, UC, others

Unit Program Planning
Plan your work and work your plan
As the coach, you are on the sidelines (see
chapter 5, Varsity Scout Leader Guidebook)
  • Resources to help with program planning
  • Varsity Program Features
  • Team Activity Planning Worksheets
  • Varsity Scout Game Plan Volumes 1-3
  • Council Program Calendar
  • Charter organization program needs
  • Five Planning Steps
  • Do homework (get information ready)
  • Conduct the Teams Annual Planning Clinic
  • Share the Plan
  • Quarterly Program Detailing
  • Monthly Program Detailing
  • Weekly Checkup

Unit Program Planning
Plan your work and work your plan
Information on planning Crews program (see
chapter 3, Venturing Leader Manual)
  • Planning process includes officers and members
  • Suggest ideas for activities
  • Plan the activities
  • Participate in the activities
  • Planning steps
  • Program Capability Inventory completed by adults
  • PCI information organized on Program Planning
  • Venturing Activity Interest Survey completed by
  • Brainstorm ideas for activities using information
    collected above
  • Discuss and evaluate each idea
  • Select activities and place on program calendar
  • Each month, plan details for next months

We have learned about Aims and Methods of
Scouting The Commissioner Service Role Supporting
the Unit Unit Program Planning
Commissioner Basic Training
  • Units The Commissioners Top Priority

Learning Objectives
Session Two
At the end of this session, you should be able to
  • Understand commissioner priorities and how to be
    an effective leader yourself
  • Explain how unit committees are organized to
    support the unit leaders
  • State the role of the commissioner in youth
  • Recognize the standard for quality unit operation
  • Evaluate unit operation

Unit Visitation Reports
Individual reports on visits made before this
training session
Summary comments Become more familiar with all
resource material to improve your
evaluations Increase understanding of the total
situation in the unit Another visit opportunity
Review Unit Contacts section in Commissioner
Fieldbook page 15
Commissioner Priorities
Commissioners are wonderful Scouters May be asked
to do many things NOT the primary
responsibilities of commissioners Concentrate
your Scouting time on helping specific unit needs
Unit Service
Everything else in Scouting
Falling into the Trap
Commissioners can fall into the trap of doing
everything else in Scouting except appointed job
Unit Service --- It happens!
(see page 24, Commissioner Fieldbook)
Effective Leadership
How to be effective leaders
  1. Evaluate and improve your own performance
  2. Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude
  3. Work successfully with adults
  4. Guide unit leaders in working successfully with
  5. Set a good example for the boys and other adults
  6. Continue learning and growing in leadership
  7. Practice good communications

Break and Lunch
Open Forum for questions and concerns
Unit Committee Functions
Understand what help a unit leader should receive
from a unit committee
Unit Commissioner
Functions of the Committee
Cub Scouting Recordkeeping Correspondence Advance
ment Training Public Relations Outings Finance Fri
ends of Scouting Membership Re-registration
Venturing Provide leadership Complete PCI Secure
equipment Provide facilities Find
resources Support program
Boy Scouting Leadership selection Finance Equipme
nt Transportation Membership Re-registration Advan
cement Support outdoor program needs
Varsity Provide leadership Finance Equipment Memb
ership Advancement High adventure Sports Personal
development Service Special programs
References Scoutmaster Handbook Pages 157 Troop
Committee Guidebook
Reference Cub Scout Leader Book Pages 23-5 to
Reference Venturing Leader Manual Pages 18-19
Reference Varsity Scout Leader Guidebook Pages
22 24
Introduction to Youth Protection
Boy Scouts of America is deeply concerned about
the general welfare of our children
The Commissioner and Youth Protection
Commissioners can help in several ways Conduct
annual Youth Protection review Help with leader
selection Coach unit people Promote use of
videos Explain about handbook inserts
Quality Unit Operation
Unit Commissioners must be alert to situations
that can signal a unit is in trouble.
Divide into buzz groups and discuss possible
danger signals
Quality Unit Operation
  • Possible list of Danger Signs
  • Style of leadership
  • Does not understand patrol method
  • Lacks faith in boys running troop
  • Wants to keep authority
  • Can train only by mass instruction
  • Temperament is not compatible
  • Unit is not meeting
  • Unit is without adult leaders
  • Unit has no committee
  • No new members are being added
  • Low attendance at meetings
  • Weak or poorly organized program
  • No advancement
  • No participation in camps
  • No unit budget

Buzz Groups
Each group reports their list
Quality Unit Operation
National Quality Unit Award for pack, troop,
team, and crew operations
These forms represent desirable and important
standards for quality unit operation
We have learned about Commissioner
Priorities Effective Commissioner Leadership Unit
Committee Functions Introduction to Youth
Protection Quality Unit Operation
Commissioner Basic Training
  • How to Help a Unit

Learning Objectives
Session three
At the end of this session, you should be able to
  • Use counseling fundamentals to encourage the unit
    leader and to lead him to self-sufficiency
  • Explain the annual commissioner service plan
  • State methods of membership management
  • Use the resources of the district committee
  • Use the unit charter renewal process in
    rechartering a unit
  • Use commissioner lifesaving techniques to resolve
    unit life-threatening problems
  • Make a meaningful visit to a unit

Ability to listen in such a way that they will
solve their own problems
Best way to help a unit is to strengthen its
leadership through effective counseling
Commissioners must be good counselors to do their
jobs well
Counseling fundamentals Carefully select time
and place Work to understand what the leader is
saying Let the leader know you hear and
understand DO NOT give advice. Guide them to
solve their own problem Summarize from time to
time Support their thinking with information
More information in Counseling chapter of
Commissioner Fieldbook
Commissioner Basic Training
  • The District Committee

District Committee
Four Function Organization Membership Finance Pro
gram Unit Service
Membership Functions
  • Fall Roundup
  • Spring Roundup
  • Special membership rallies
  • Advice and help to units with membership problems

Finance Functions
  • Sustaining Membership Enrollment
  • and Friends of Scouting
  • Trust Funds
  • (James E. West Award)
  • Advice to units

Program Functions
  • Camping
  • Activities
  • Advancement
  • Training
  • Health Safety

Program Functions
Order of the Arrow Where to go camping Summer
camp promotion Log Cabin Gateway Philmont
Program Functions
Scout Expo Scouting for Food Scouting Anniversary
Week District Recognition Dinner Cub Day
Camp Derbys Pinewood, Soapbox, etc. Camp-O-Rees
Program Functions
Eagle Boards of Review Merit Badge
Counselors Venturing awards Advice / training for
units Heroism awards Adult recognition
Program Functions
Cub Scout Fast Start New Leader
Essentials Leader Specific Training Youth
Protection Pow Wow, Roundtable Wood Badge Philmont
Boy Scout Fast Start New Leader
Essentials Leader Specific Training Intro to
Outdoor Leadership Youth Protection Roundtable Woo
d Badge Philmont
Varsity/Venturing Fast Start New Leader
Essentials Leader Specific Training Intro to
Outdoor Leadership Youth Protection Roundtable Woo
d Badge Philmont
Youth Den Chief National Youth Leadership
Training Junior Leader Backpack
Training Venturing Leadership Skills Course
District Committee
Unit Service
Membership Management
Buzz Groups
Discuss how to get and keep young men
Potential Scenarios Unit members concentrated
into one age group need to recruit Unit not
aware of membership situation need an
inventory Units at risk to drop charter needs
member management focus Recruiting opportunities
Boy-fact surveys, list of Webelos scouts,
birthday greetings, specific invitations to day
camps long-term camps, etc
Also see membership section of Commissioner helps
for packs, troops, and crews
Membership Management
Report from groups
Summary Membership for memberships sake is not
the name of the game Recruiting will ensure
continuation of the unit Good program is the key
to attracting boys
Unit Charter Renewal Process
Discussion of renewal process
Note Unit Commissioner should be involved in a
majority of the steps
More information in Commissioner Fieldbook,
Charter Renewal chapter
Annual Commissioner Service Plan
Gives specific purpose for some of your regular
and supportive contact with units
See page 17 in Commissioner Fieldbook for more
The Lifesaving Commissioner
Sometimes a commissioner is called on to save the
life of a unit. What needs to be done? How do
you go about it?
More information in Commissioner Fieldbook, Be a
Lifesaving Commissioner chapter on page 28
The Lifesaving Commissioner
  • Youth dropping out
  • No youth recruiting or poor recruiting methods
  • No adult leader
  • No planned program
  • No youth leaders
  • No discipline
  • Unit stops meeting
  • Charter lapses
  • Charter organization leader unhappy with the unit
  • Only one adult active
  • No involvement of parents
  • Adult conflicts and poor communications
  • Others

Watch for Vital Signs
The Lifesaving Commissioner
Specific things you can do Consult your ADC or
DC Ask some basic questions What must be
solved? Possible alternatives? Which strategy
first? Who to involve? Is it saved? What is Plan
B? Be enthusiastic Apply first aid Apply
second aid Generate teamwork
The Lifesaving Commissioner
Unit No Meeting Move quickly to salvage remaining
leadership and membership Unit with No Leader See
that leader is replaced quickly and then
trained Unit with No Committee Work with
chartered organization to understand
importance Unit with No New Members Help find
ways to grow membership and ensure program is
attracting and keeping. Unit Conflict with
Chartered Organization Be a mediator. Bring
together to talk. New Leader lacks Training Help
orient and provide information Unit with Weak
Leadership Counsel with leader. Encourage with
Chartered Org
Typical Hurry Cases
More information in Commissioner Fieldbook Page
The Lifesaving Commissioner
Using a team approach
Ad Hoc Or Organized effort
What are the benefits of a formal lifesaving team?
We have learned about Counseling The District
Committee Membership Management Unit Charter
Renewal Process Annual Commissioner Service
Plan The Lifesaving Commissioner
Next Unit Visits
Today we have learned about dealing with units,
its adult organization functions, and the
quality program.
As a leader, You have made a personal commitment..
to Scouting ...of time, effort, and
knowledge of patience and understanding to be a
living example for unit leaders to lend a
helping hand to fellow Scouters.
The Challenge- You now see your task Training is
just beginning continue to gain
knowledge Commissioner must be a friend to
units Goal is more boys with better Scouting
experience Graduation
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