There are a number of Training and Recognitions opportunities just for Commissioners. These training programs will help you be a better Commissioner. A better Commissioner means you are able to help your units and leaders better and more effectively. The recognitions show that you are doing your job as a Commissioner and learning more. Training is avalaible in My.Scouting.org under My Dashboard, My Training, Training Center, Other.
Unit Commissioner Fast start is the first step for any new Unit Commissioner and is to be delivered immediately after a new Commissioner registers and before he or she meets with their assigned units. A corresponding video called: The Unit Commissioner's Orientation: Helping Units Succeed, as well as other videos, are available through the Council Service Center in St. Paul, MN, your District's Training Committee Chair, or District Commissioner.
As one of America's largest youth-serving organizations, our first job is to protect our youth from injury and abuse. Youth Protection Training online (my.scouting.org). When you are done, you will be able to print off a trained certificate and we will be automatically notified that you have taken this course. In addition, more youth protection information is avalaible on Scouting.org.
Basic Commissioner Training & Roundtable Commissioner Training
A new Commissioner should complete the Basic Commissioner Training as soon as possible after taking the Commissioner position. This is generally a 3 hour class led by an instructor. (contact your District Commissioner for next class offering). There is general Commissioner information and Commissioner specific information. Roundtable Commissioner have special training to address roundtable needs, while Unit Commissioners get training about visiting their units. It may also be helpful to a new Commissioner to take the Leader Specific training for Cub Scout Leaders, Boy Scout Leaders, or Venturing Leaders if you have not involved in that area of the Scouting Program, but are not required to become basic trained.
In this three part course, you will learn the fundamentals of the critical job of unit service.
Part 1 -- Why Commissioners: Topics covered include Aims and Methods of Scouting, the Commissioner Service Role, Supporting the Unit, and Unit Program Planning.
Part 2 -- Units: The Commissioners Greatest Priority: Topics covered include Unit Committee Functions, Youth Protection, and Quality Unit Operation.
Part 3 -- How to Help a Unit: Topics covered include Counseling, the District Committee, Membership Management, Unit Charter Renewal Process, and Saving a Unit
In the Commissioner Field Guide, there is a Self-Evaluation form for a Commissioner to evaluate their performance in their Commissioner position. This evaluation will help you determine areas you may need additional training or help from your Assistant District Commissioner.
The District Commissioner will hold Commissioner Meetings where all your district's Commissioner will meet and learn about Commissioner stuff. Here, Commissioners learn of important information to take to their units that they may not get for months. There is also some training on important Commissioner functions.
Go beyond the basics and learn additional skills to help you as a Commissioner. This one day event gives commissioners the ablitly to earn a Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degrees in Commissioner Science.
Philmont Training Center
Advanced Commissioner training is available at the Philmont Training Center located on the grounds of the Philmont Scout Range outside of Cimarron, New Mexico. Here week-long training programs are offered over the summer months for leaders from all over the country. Sharing and learning is outstanding at Philmont. Philmont is also a special place to also include your family. It is Scouting Paradise.
Additional Commissioner Help
Unit commissioners must completely understand where their position places them in Scouting's organizational plan in order that they may be fully effective in knowing where and how to get help for those with whom they work. Help comes from many sources.
The most familiar are:
From the commissioner staff
- Council Commissioner
- Assistant Council Commissioners
- District Commissioner
- Assistant District commissioner.
Other help comes from personal contacts and conferences, commissioner sessions and meetings.
- From the professional staff Through personal conferences. At meetings such as annual commissioner conference, all hands meeting, etc...
- From district contacts
- Routine information at meetings of the district.
- From presentations made on subjects relevant to commissioner service at meetings within the district.
- From response to specific requests for such assistance as advancement help, camping and activities information, etc. Such presentations are generally made by a member of a district operating committee or a professional staff member.
- From training opportunities
- Person-to-person assistance between unit commissioner and unit personnel.
- From monthly roundtable meetings.
- From unit leader training courses (Scout leader training).
- From literature of the Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout and Boy Scout leadership manuals. (Name and display several.)
- Council helps. (Display leader's program calendar, council and district publications.)
- Scouting Magazine and Boys' Life.
- Own personal experience. A wealth of helpful information may be gained from experience as a unit commissioner. Alert unit commissioners share highlight experiences with their associates.