What is Commissioner Service?
Commissioners are your unit's first line of help in Scouting. They work to get you the answers to your Scouting questions. There are a number of different types of Commissioners. Each unit (pack, troop, and crew) should have a Unit Commissioner. Your Unit Commissioner should be your unit's best friend as they help your unit be its best. There are also Roundtable Commissioners. These Commissioners develop and present the program and training at your District Roundtable. To support the Unit Commissioners and Roundtable Commissioners, there is the Assistant District Commissioner (ADC). Each ADC provides support and backup help to the other Commissioners. The leader of the ADC's, the Unit Commissioners and the Roundtable Commissioners is the District Commissioner. The District Commissioner is your district's leader of the Commissioner Staff and with the ADC's, work to make sure your unit has the best possible Commissioner to help your unit's program. The District Commissioner is also one of your district's Key 3 (District Commissioner, District Committee Chair, and District Executive).
There are also council level Commissioners. The Council Commissioner works with the Council Committee for creating council level support through the total Commissioner Staff. This is done through the Assistant Council Commissioners that are assigned duties to support the Commissioners in the districts through providing Commissioner Training and Support.
What can a Commissioner do for your unit?
Your Unit Commissioner will help your unit be the best it can be. There are a number of key functions that your Unit Commissioner can help your unit with year-round. Such things as:
Journey to Excellence Award
Unit Program Planning
Unit Problem Solving
A Unit Resource
An important note about Commissioners: Commissioners do not lead your unit (that's your job as a unit leader). They are a resource that you can call on to help you solve your Scouting issues and concerns in delivering the Scouting program to your unit's youth. If your Commissioner does not know the answer to your question, they know who to ask to get the answer for you as quickly as possible.
The Commissioner's Creed
I shall make the Scout Oath and Law an active force in my life.
I shall recognize that the responsibility for 'each unit rests in the chartered institution
shall assist it in achieving the full value of the Scouting Program in meeting its needs.
I shall strive to lead through information, persuasion and inspiration rather than coercion.
I shall stimulate friendly and orderly discussion until all facts and opinions are considered.
I shall assist those who serve to receive satisfaction.
I shall measure my success by the extent to which boys and adults exemplify the principles of the Scout Oath and Law.
AMERICA IS RETURNING TO THE VALUES SCOUTING NEVER LEFT
If you want to help the Scouting units in your community succeed, becoming a Unit Serving Commissioner is the opportunity for you.
A Unit Commissioner is a:
FRIEND: This springs from the attitude, I care, I am here to help, what can I do for you?
REPRESENTATIVE: You represent your belief in the ideals, principles, and policies of the Boy Scouts of America.
DOCTOR: Prevention is better than a cure, so you try to make sure your units engage in good healthy practices, following the program and policies of the Boy Scouts of America.
TEACHER: You will have the opportunity to participate in the growth of unit leaders by sharing your knowledge with them.
COUNSELOR: You will have the opportunity to help units solve their problems.
Becoming a Commissioner is a great way to serve.
Are you interested in serving as a Commissioner? There are a number of different positions available in Commissioner Service like helping the units in your community? Then the Unit Commissioner position is for you. Want to help even more leaders, then the Roundtable Commissioner may be right for you. Starting on the Roundtable Staff, helping the Roundtable Commissioners is your start point.
Are you good with administration of others and recruiting others to help? Than maybe the Assistant District Commissioner position is for you. From time to time, there is the need for a leader for the Commissioner Staff. That's where the District Commissioner position comes in. The District Commissioner is best having served in the Unit Commissioner position and Assistant District Commissioner positions before taking on this important role.
Many districts also have a special Unit Commissioner or Assistant District Commissioner called the "Life Saving Commissioner". The Life Saving Commissioner's job is to help a failing unit come back to life. These Commissioners understand how Scouting works and work closely with other Commissioners and the District Committee Members to get the right kind of help to the units needing help before they fail and Scouting is no longer available to the community's youth.
If you are interested in helping Scout units in your community succeed by serving as part of Cimarron Council's Commissioner Corps please contact the Council Office. A District Commissioner or Scout Executive will be in touch with you to help further explain what it means to be a Unit Serving Commissioner.
Commissioner Training & Recognition
There are a number of Trainings and Recognitions available to Commissioners to help you become better Commissioners.
There are a number of tools available to Commissioners to help them serve their units and leaders even better.