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Title: Bachelor of Commissioner


1
  • Bachelor of Commissioner
  • Science

Instructors Richard Benner, David Carleton, Gene
Letner, Chris Porras, Walt Robbins
2
  • Reminder to instructors Check the notes pages
    of this presentation for the text of the
    Continuing Education for Commissioners
  • This is a hidden slide and will not show in the
    presentation.

3
Introductions
  • Name
  • Commissioner job
  • Scouting experience

4
Overview
  • BS104, Unit Visitation (R)
  • BS102, Rechartering (R)
  • BS103, The District (O)
  • BS105, Solutions (O)
  • BS106, Priorities (O)
  • Or any optional Masters or Doctoral class

5
Overview
  • BCS101, Intro to CS
  • BCS102, Charter Renewal
  • BCS103, Commissioner and the District
  • BCS104, Unit Visitation
  • BCS105, Practical Solutions
  • BCS106, Commissioner Priorities
  • BCS107, Youth Protection
  • BCS108, Roundtables I
  • BCS109, Roundtables II
  • BCS110, Style
  • BCS111, Health Safety
  • BCS112, What Would You Do?
  • BCS113, Service to New Units
  • BCS114, Commissioner-Professional Relationship

6
  • BCS 101
  • Introduction to
  • Commissioner Science

Instructor
7
Introduction
  • Need a dynamic commissioner staff
  • Commissioner role is different
  • Quality depends on commissioners
  • Resources help commissioners succeed
  • You arent an expert in everything
  • Know where to go to get help
  • First resource Commissioner Fieldbook

8
Commissioner Fieldbook
  • Resource of information
  • Experience of hundreds of commissioners

9
Contents
10
Commissioner Orientation
  • Overview
  • Use with video Helping Units Succeed

11
Commissioner Concept
  • Help units succeed!
  • Max efficiency
  • Good program
  • More members
  • Results oriented, not procedures
  • Roles
  • Friend of the unit
  • Representative of the BSA
  • Unit doctor
  • Teacher
  • Counselor

12
District Commissioner Staff
  • District Commissioner
  • Assistant District Commissioners
  • Unit Commissioners
  • Roundtable Commissioners
  • District Executive

13
Providing Unit Service
  • We care listen!
  • Unit contacts
  • Frequency
  • Unit meeting visits
  • Unit committee visits
  • Other contacts
  • Annual commissioner service plan
  • Other ways to help a unit
  • Quality Unit Award
  • Do unit service first!

14
Commissioner Style
  • Frontline diplomat
  • Exceptional service
  • Roots and wings
  • Service recoveryHow to right a wrong

15
Lifesaving Commissioner
  • Watch the vital signs
  • Go into action fast
  • Hurry cases

16
Counseling
  • Ability to listen and react in a way that will
    help others solve their own problems

17
Unit Charter Renewal
  • BCS 102 covers unit charter renewal
  • Commissioners goalon time

18
Commissioner Training
  • Orientation video
  • Personal coaching / orientation
  • Basic training
  • Arrowhead Honor
  • Commissioners Key
  • Continuing education

19
Commissioner Resources
  • A list of basic helps

20
Unit CommissionerWorksheets (1)
21
Unit CommissionerWorksheets (2)
22
Summary
  • Commissioner Fieldbook is your guide
  • Only a tool
  • You have to build something with it

23
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

24
  • BCS 102
  • Unit Charter
  • Renewal

Instructor Richard Benner
25
Why Recharter?
  • BSA does not own Scouting units
  • Annual franchise to chartered partners
  • Chartered partners are
  • Churches
  • Schools / PTAs
  • Service clubs
  • Businesses and labor unions

26
When Do Units Recharter?
  • Before the charter date (expiration date)
  • Most are one year
  • Minimum 6 months, maximum 18 months
  • Each council has a preferred pattern
  • BDAC
  • LDS - December 31st
  • Community - January 31st

27
The Charter Renewal Process
  • 90 days before
  • DE visit IH
  • Printout available (to right person!)
  • 60 days before
  • Membership inventory
  • Recruit to make up loss
  • 100 Boy's Life?
  • 45 days before
  • Charter renewal meeting
  • Boys
  • Adults
  • Fees
  • Approvals
  • Plans for the next year (Quality Unit)
  • 15 days before
  • Charter turn-in night
  • 60 days after
  • Charter presentation

28
Ninety Days Before
  • District Executive visits Institution Head
  • Friendly visit
  • or
  • "How can I help"

29
Sixty Days Before
  • Membership inventory
  • Set review meeting
  • Uniform inspection?

30
Forty-Five Days Before
  • Charter review meeting
  • Youth
  • Adults
  • Fees
  • Approvals
  • Quality Unit status
  • Plans

31
Fifteen Days Before
  • Charter turn-in night

32
Sixty Days After
  • Charter presentation
  • Chartered partner
  • and
  • The unit
  • Sample presentation in Commissioner Fieldbook

33
Failure to Recharter
  • Who has the forms?
  • Why?
  • What can you do about it?
  • Reorganize before charter expiration

34
Charter Renewal Application
  • Headers
  • Adults
  • Age
  • Applications
  • Youth
  • Applications
  • Boys Life

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38
Reregistration Checklist
  • One is available

39
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43
Two PrinciplesAssure Success
  • Keep the unit charter renewal process simple
  • ONLY registration, Boys Life, Quality Unit
  • Anticipate anything that could delay on-time
    charter renewal
  • Unit problem
  • Leader or institution head out of town
  • Etc.

44
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

45
  • BCS 103 The Commissionerand the District

Instructor Chris Porras
46
  • Volunteers and ProfessionalsWorking Together

47
Relationship
  • What makes the relationship work?
  • Who makes the important decisions?
  • The flavor of the relationship
  • How do UC and DE work best together?
  • How to avoid common problem areas

48
  • District
  • Organization

49
Four-Function Plan
  • Membership
  • Finance
  • Program
  • Unit Service
  • Key 3
  • District Chairman
  • District Commissioner
  • District Executive

50
Membership
  • School nights
  • Commissioners needed!
  • Garfield roundup
  • Patrol plus
  • New unit organization
  • Commissioner needed!

51
Finance
  • District goals support council services
  • District campaign
  • Unit campaign
  • Unit commissioner explain / support

52
Program
  • Training
  • UC support, take people to training!
  • Camping / Outdoor
  • Summer camp
  • Day camp
  • Outdoor program
  • Activities
  • Advancement

53
Unit Service
  • UC a friend to the units leaders
  • UC evaluates program, provides help
  • UC encourages activities
  • UC reports unit status
  • UC helps unit solve problems
  • Training
  • Advancement
  • Outdoors / Activities

54
  • Council
  • Organization

55
Council Organization
  • Six valley Scouting districts - Tomahawk, El
    Dorado, Sunrise, Chemehuevi, Big Horn, North Star
  • Urban Scouting - 60 units
  • Northern Southern districts
  • Mini-districts within
  • Learning for Life
  • In-School Scouting - elementary HS
  • Exploring

56
Council Support
  • Executive Board - governance
  • Professional staff - service
  • Support staff - service
  • Volunteer staff - service
  • Training - Pow Wow, Wood Badge, etc.
  • Commissioners - RTRT, CCS, etc.
  • Camping - camps, high adventure, etc.

57
  • Successful
  • Districts

58
Quality Districts
  • 60 Quality Units
  • 2 unit growth
  • 2 or balanced membership growth
  • Finance goals
  • On-time reregistration goals
  • 1 unit commissioner for each 3 units
  • Use the standard district structure
  • Each key volunteer position filled
  • Hold annual conference with each IH

59
How Do You Contribute?
  • On-time rechartering
  • Quality Units
  • Membership growth
  • Outdoor program
  • Trained leaders
  • Communicate the need for finance drives
  • A quality program for kids!

60
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

61
  • BCS 104
  • Unit
  • Visitation

Instructor Walt Robbins
62
Types of Visits
  • Unit meetings
  • Unit committee meetings
  • Individual get-together with unit leader
  • Visit with other unit adults
  • Effective phone contacts

63
Before You Go
  • Friend of the unit
  • How can you help the unit?
  • Know what is best for unit success
  • Strengthen unit adult roles
  • Commissioner is in the background
  • Be helpful, not critical
  • Better to call first
  • Know units, do homework, know what to expect

64
During the Visit
  • Watch and listen
  • Do not disrupt the meeting
  • Stay long enough
  • Dont take notes
  • Chat with other adults on the sideline
  • Get to know the boys
  • Dont distract the leader
  • Give a chance to mention problems
  • Take some freebies

65
After the Visit
  • After fill out commissioner worksheet
  • Determine priority needs
  • How can you be most helpful?
  • Discuss special needs with ADC / DC / DE

66
Worksheet
67
Sample
68
Odds and Ends
  • Brainstorm ways to help
  • Prioritize your units
  • Keep a positive attitude

69
Uniform Inspections
  • Notify youth and adults in advance
  • Hand out uniform inspection sheets in advance
  • Prepare your team before the inspection
  • Inspect the inspectors first
  • 1-2 inspectors per den / patrol
  • Give an honest grade, move on
  • Dont sweat the small stuff
  • Compliment the boys and adults

70
Counseling
  • Ability to listen and react in a way that will
    help others solve their own problems

71
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

72
  • BCS 105
  • Practical Solutions to Common Unit Needs

Instructor David Carleton
73
Commissioners Help Units
  • Succeed
  • Develop a better program
  • Operate more effectively

74
Unit CommissionerWorksheets
  • Review worksheetsCommissioner Helps
  • Nine / ten categories for each unit
  • Unit profile
  • Some Ways to Help suggestions

75
Pack Worksheet (1)
76
Pack Worksheet (2)
77
Pack Worksheet (3)
78
Pack Worksheet (4)
79
Troop Worksheet (1)
80
Troop Worksheet (2)
81
Troop Worksheet (3)
82
Troop Worksheet (4)
83
Crew Worksheet (1)
84
Crew Worksheet (2)
85
Crew Worksheet (3)
86
Crew Worksheet (4)
87
Commissioner Response
  • Commissioner Helps for Packs, Troops and Crews
  • Standards based on experience and policy
  • Practical action by a commissioner

88
Find a Solution
  • St. Marys Roman Catholic Church has a new pastor
    who is unfamiliar with Scouting
  • Neither Troop 41 nor Crew 41 appear to have any
    program planned more than two weeks in advance.
  • Last week you attended a pack meeting and only
    three parents were present.
  • One of your assigned troops has not added a new
    boy member in ten months.
  • One of your troops has very few boys in Scout
    uniform.
  • At their May Pack meeting, Cubmaster Bob Newguy
    tells you he looks forward to seeing you in
    September.
  • The chairman of a unit committee calls and
    expresses concern about the adequacy of the
    units meeting place.

89
Class Project
  • A Cub Scout pack consists of six members, one
    den leader (untrained), one Cubmaster
    (untrained), no committee members, and parents
    who say they are willing to help but never make a
    move to do so.
  • List every section of Helps which can help you
    respond

90
Problem-Solving Video
  • Unit Problem-Solving for Commissioners video,
    AV-04V002
  • 14 problem segments
  • Designed for use in commissioner meetings

91
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

92
  • BCS 106
  • A Commissioners
  • Priorities

Instructor Gene Letner
93
Know Your UnitsOur 1 Priority
  • Know the unit adults
  • Be a friend of the unit
  • Understand the environment
  • Chartered organization
  • History and experience with Scouting
  • Income and education level
  • Inner-city neighborhood / suburban / rural
  • Visit often enough to be up-to-date

94
Prioritize Unit Needs
  • Keep a list of needs and problems
  • Evaluate your timeit is limited
  • Concentrate your energies on main problems
  • Focus on units that need help
  • Do unit servicenot everything else
  • Activities are not a commissioners first job
  • Say no when required
  • Being a commissioner is your primary job

95
Typical Priorities
  • Unit not meeting
  • Unit with no leader
  • New unit leader lacks training
  • Unit with no active committee
  • Unit with no new youth members
  • Unit with weak leadership
  • Conflict with chartered organization
  • Unit charter renewal time

96
Steps in Handling a Problem
  • Identify the problem
  • Decide if it is a problem
  • Discuss the problem with the ADC
  • Is assistance needed from the district committee?
  • Decide whether you will handle it alone or with
    the ADC
  • Decide who is to handle the problem
  • Plan your actions
  • Plan your alternatives
  • Put the plan into action
  • Evaluate

97
The Quality Unit Award
  • A commissioner is successful if the unit is a
    Quality Unit
  • Review achievements at recharter time
  • Make a commitment for next year
  • Present streamers, emblems, etc.
  • You make it a year-around project for them to
    succeed

98
National Quality Unit Award
  • Four mandatory items
  • Trained leader
  • Trained assistant leader
  • Outdoor activities
  • Recharter on time
  • Minimum two of six optional items
  • 100 Boys Life (or improvement)
  • Advancement
  • Service project
  • Etc., appropriate to the type of unit

99
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

100
  • BCS 107
  • Youth
  • Protection
  • Training

Instructor
101
Introduction
  • Child abuse is one of five unacceptables
  • Educate Scouting volunteers, parents and Scouts
    to aid in the detection and prevention of child
    abuse
  • Establish leader-selection procedures to prevent
    offenders from entering BSA leadership
  • Establish policies that create barriers to child
    abuse within the program
  • Encourage Scouts to report improper behavior in
    order to identify offenders quickly
  • Swift removal and reporting of alleged offenders

102
  • Video

103
Commissioner Duties
  • Conduct annual adult YPT
  • Help units use proper leader-selection
  • Coach unit people if abuse occurs
  • Promote use of youth videos
  • Cub It Happened to Me
  • Scout A Time to Tell
  • Venturing three vignettes
  • Explain how to use youth handbook inserts
  • Stay up to date on YPT changes

104
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

105
  • BCS 108
  • Effective
  • Roundtables
  • I

Instructor
106
Introduction
  • Essential elements for success
  • The will to do
  • The skill to do
  • Who should attend roundtables
  • When and where to hold roundtables
  • Why people attend

107
Roundtable Structure
  • Combined sessions
  • Separate sessions

108
Basic Ingredients of a Roundtable Program
  • Preopening exhibits, display, literature
  • Opening
  • Information and recognition
  • Cub Scout program theme / Boy Scout program
    feature
  • Closing
  • After the meeting

109
Planning Cycle
  • Annual program planning
  • Annual planning conference
  • Monthly program themes
  • Use of theme managers
  • Quarterly planning meeting
  • Monthly staff meetings
  • Program themes
  • Personal resources
  • District and council events
  • Special dates

110
Roundtable Planning Checklists
111
Resource Materials
  • Planning guides
  • Program Helps
  • Scouting magazine
  • Boys Life magazine
  • Scouting literature
  • Other resources

112
Closing
  • BCS 109 coming up!
  • Effective Roundtables II

113
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

114
  • BCS 109
  • Effective
  • Roundtables
  • II

Instructor
115
Promotion and Publicity (1)
  • Regular date, time, and meeting place
  • Think second Thursday
  • Have a permanent meeting place
  • Reminders
  • Newsletters
  • Follow-through
  • Forming a roundtable pack or troop

116
Promotion and Publicity (2)
  • Unit involvement
  • Recognition
  • Promotional plans
  • Gimmicks and goodies
  • Attendance awards
  • Personal contact is best
  • Phone squads

117
Location
  • Adequate space
  • Adequate parking
  • Available year-round
  • Areas for split sessions
  • Attractive and interesting facility
  • Easily accessible
  • Easily accessible for people with disabilities
  • Meets health and safety requirements

118
Roundtable Morale Builders (1)
  • Displays and exhibits
  • Program theme ideas
  • Council and district events
  • Scouting literature
  • Equipment
  • Unit show and tell
  • Scouting memorabilia
  • Trading post
  • Boys Life
  • Other stuff

119
Roundtable Morale Builders (2)
  • Information center
  • Announcements (keep them brief)
  • Written notices and packets
  • Scouting supermarket
  • Physical property bank
  • Songs
  • Use of songs
  • Songleading tips
  • Songbooks

120
Roundtable Morale Builders (3)
  • Icebreakers, stunts, and skits
  • Icebreakers
  • Group Meeting Sparklers
  • Cheers and applause
  • Stunts and skits
  • Developing skits
  • Staging skits
  • Resources
  • Funny lost-and-found

121
Roundtable Morale Builders (4)
  • Games and contests
  • Value of games
  • Types of games
  • Use of games
  • Recognitions
  • New people / new units
  • Units and leaders
  • Awards
  • Fun stuff

122
Roundtable Morale Builders (5)
  • Ceremonies
  • Purpose of ceremonies
  • Essential ingredients
  • Staging ceremonies
  • Involvement and participation
  • Types of ceremonies
  • Ceremonial props

123
Review of Quality Roundtable Ingredients
  • Action
  • Material
  • Handouts
  • Skills and crafts
  • New ideas
  • Useful information
  • Fun
  • Food

124
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

125
  • BCS 110
  • Commissioner
  • Style

Instructor
126
Be a Frontline Diplomat
  • Be an effective commissioner
  • Be a good listener
  • Have sound judgement
  • Be tactful
  • Have a Scouting background or be a fast learner
  • Be persistent and patient
  • Be adaptable
  • Know and practice Scouting ideals
  • Be enthusiastic

127
Exceptional Service
  • Equation
  • Unit leader perception of help received
  • Help the leader expected
  • Exceptional district service
  • Exceptional service exceeds unit leader
    expectations rather than barely meeting
    expectations

128
Roots
  • Confidence and commitment
  • Traditions
  • Campfires
  • Camporees
  • Uniforms
  • Ideals Law and Promise
  • Youth leadership
  • Quality programs

129
Wings
  • Commissioners lead change
  • Stay relevant to young peoples world
  • Help units personal growth to embrace change
  • Be excited about new ideas
  • Relate to the community and culture

130
Brainstorming
  • What are specific examples of traditions and
    standards in Scouting that should probably not
    change? (Roots)
  • What are specific example of recent changes in
    Scouting that we should try to quickly adapt to?
    (Wings)

131
How to Right a Wrong
132
How to Right a Wrong
  • Find a sincere way to say Im sorry
  • Act immediately
  • Take the initiative
  • Smooth ruffled feathers
  • Let them know you care
  • Turn a blunder into an opportunity
  • Be prepared

133
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

134
  • BCS 111
  • Health and
  • Safety Training

Instructor
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  • Questions?
  • Comments!

137
  • BCS 112
  • What Would
  • You Do?

Instructor
138
Procedure
  • Small groups solve separate problems. Positive
    solutions for all parties
  • Report solutions
  • Select individual ideas that have broader
    application

139
1
  • One of your friends, a new unit commissioner,
    meets for the first time with a longtime
    Cubmaster. While the Cubmaster is not hostile,
    he is decidedly formal. In the course of
    conversation, he says, We dont support Friends
    of Scouting in this unit because the council has
    never done anything for us. The new
    commissioner calls you and says, So what do I do
    now?

140
2
  • You receive a call from a harried Scoutmaster.
    She reports that her unit commissioner is an
    impossible chauvinist who resents women being in
    leadership positions in Scouting. She with the
    backing of her unit committee, demands the
    immediate reassignment of the commissioner. As
    an ADC, your course of action would be . . .

141
3
  • You receive a call from John Smith, who informs
    you he is the new unit commissioner for Troop 1
    and Pack 1. John wants to talk to you about some
    changes he thinks should be made in the operation
    and leadership of both units. He informs you
    that he has already spoken to the pastor of the
    church which holds the unit charters. You have
    never heard of John Smith before. What do you do
    next?

142
4
  • You are a unit commissioner. You receive a call
    from an irate mother of a young Scout. Mom
    launches into a tirade about how her sons
    advancement is being frustrated by members of the
    Scouts unit. It seems her son had earned 17
    merit badges at summer camp. He worked from 5 in
    the morning until 11 at night and had the
    approval of the provisional assistant Scoutmaster
    at the camp. She stated that the troop
    advancement committee is sitting on the blue
    cards, not processing them. Mom makes it clear
    that her son, who is 12 and a half, is going to
    be the youngest Eagle Scout in the nation. As
    soon as you hang up the phone you should . . .

143
5
  • You receive a call from a single-parent father
    who is trying to get his twin sons into a Cub
    pack. He has been told by all the units in the
    area that they are full. What would you do?

144
6
  • You learn that one one of your packs is telling
    their Cubs that denners and assistant denners who
    have completed their terms can cut the cords off
    and continue to wear the small yellow shoulder
    tab. The women of the pack have voted to wear
    the green Venturing uniform shirt with the blue
    tabs. What should you start doing?

145
7
  • You meet a Scoutmaster at the council service
    center and he complains to you that he can never
    get any information about whats happening in the
    district and the council. He feels isolated and
    forgotten. What would you recommend.

146
8
  • It has come to your attention that one of your
    newly assigned troops has not attended a council
    summer camp in over six years. In fact, the
    troop puts on its own camp on privately owned
    land. The troop committee supports this program
    and feels the camp experience they are providing
    is far superior to anything happening in a
    council camp. Should you do anything?

147
9
  • You have a unit in your area that has never, in
    the memory of man, ever done its charter renewal
    correctly. The unit leaders refuse to attend the
    orientation meetings and, in fact, do not take
    charter renewal very seriously. Should you do
    anything with this unit? If so, whats the first
    thing?

148
10
  • The committee chairman of a newly formed Boy
    Scout troop calls you and wants a laundry list of
    all the training opportunities for Scout leaders.
    Make up the list and prioritize it, showing the
    chairman who should take what training in what
    order.

149
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

150
  • BCS 113
  • Service to New Units

Instructor
151
Commissioner Tasks (1)
  • No gap in service after organizing unit
  • How do commissioner and organizer work together?
  • How do they handle transition?
  • Make first charter presentation special
  • Remember Fieldbook pp. 42-44

152
Commissioner Tasks (2)
  • First unit committee meeting
  • Role?
  • Your agenda?
  • Training
  • Fast Start
  • New Leader Essentials
  • . . . Specific Training

153
Commissioner Tasks (3)
  • Youth buy-in
  • Venturing officers elected and trained
  • Scouting patrol method
  • Cub Scouting dens functioning
  • Guide program planning
  • First two months

154
Commissioner Tasks (4)
  • Be a friend, not a checker-upper
  • Help start planning for major events
  • Cub day camp, resident camp
  • Scout summer camp
  • Venturing superactivity

155
Commissioner Tasks (5)
  • Recognize unit successes.
  • Help leaders solve immediate concerns

156
Commissioner Tasks (6)
  • Play a mentoring role. Begin a trusting
    relationship.
  • How is future help affected?
  • How can you gauge trust?

157
  • Questions?
  • Comments!

158
  • BCS 114
  • Good Commissioner-
  • Professional Relationships

Instructor
159
Introduction
  • Volunteer professional relationship special
    hallmark of BSA
  • Core of its success
  • Both share responsibility for good working
    relationships

160
  • What is evidence of a good relationship?

161
  • Good volunteer-professional relationships are
    characterized by mutual trust, mutual respect,
    and mutual recognition of each others role and
    competency.

162
Mutual Dependence
  • Common goal quality program for youth
  • Interdependent
  • Too much work to be done by professionals
  • Professionals provide coaching / experience
  • Seek each others counsel
  • Professionals work with volunteers
  • Should be friends

163
Differences / Similarities
  • Differences
  • Professional full time, more experience
  • Volunteer part time, experience limited
  • Similarities
  • Dedicated to principles of Scouting
  • Desire quality program for kids

164
Tip 1
  • Intentionally begin to build a good relationship
    with your professional from your very first
    visit. Be positive. Be enthusiastic. Be well
    prepared. Think in advance about the impression
    you want to make as one of the trusted volunteers
    of the district.

165
Tip 2
  • Be accessible to your professional adviser.
    Exchange phone numbers, e-mail addresses, mailing
    addresses, etc. Avoid the impression that you
    are too busy or annoyed when he calls. Return
    his calls.

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Tip 3
  • Create a welcome environment for the new
    professional and plan ways to incorporate him or
    her into the team. Remember that its easy for a
    group to turn inward and make newcomers feel
    awkward or unwelcome. Send a letter of
    introduction to appropriate volunteers from an
    appropriate person in authority (council
    president, Scout executive, etc.). This helps a
    person feel good about joining the district or
    council. It also helps volunteers get acquainted
    with the new professional.

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Tip 4
  • A professional will try to make efficient use of
    commissioners time and, as best they can, plan
    visits and meetings at times that are best for
    volunteers. Commissioners and professionals
    should help make the most efficient use of each
    others Scouting time

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Tip 5
  • Commissioners should know that they can turn to
    their professional for advice or troubleshooting.
    Help create the kind of relationship in which
    you are comfortable asking for help.

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Tip 6
  • There will inevitably be some professionals you
    dont like as much as others. Thats human
    nature. However, part of being a good Scouter is
    working with all kinds of people, even when the
    human chemistry isnt just perfect. Feel free to
    talk with your professional partner about how you
    are working together.

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Tip 7
  • While you obviously want to form a Scouting
    relationship, it is nevertheless important to get
    to know your professional as a whole person.
    Most of us will feel more comfortable working
    with someone who is interested in other aspects
    of our lives as well as our Scouting
    responsibilities.
  • Keep in mind that Scouting is not a persons only
    priority in life. They will have family
    priorities and may be active in religious and
    other activities.

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Tip 8
  • Let your professional adviser know if you plan to
    have your spouse, secretary, or work associate
    assist you with a Scouting task, and how the pro
    can be helpful to that person.

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Tip 9
  • Develop good communication in which you and your
    professional really listen to and understand each
    other.

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Tip 10
  • In some instances the function of guiding other
    volunteers is shared between you and a pro. A DE
    works with operating committee chairmen who also
    look to the district chairman for guidance. Both
    the DC and DE have a direct working relationship
    with ADCs. Unit commissioners work with both
    their DE and ADC.
  • You and the professional should be careful to
    avoid confusion for volunteers and to ensure that
    they receive consistent messages and have a
    compatible relationship with both their volunteer
    leader and the professional.

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Summary
  • Scoutings success is founded on volunteer talent
    with professional advice and support

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