Commissioners are district volunteer leaders who help Scouting units succeed. They coach and consult with adult volunteer leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America. They also oversee the unit charter renewal plan so that each unit re-registers on time with an optimum number of youth and adult members.
Your Mountain Lake District Commissioner Staff
|DISTRICT COMMISSIONER:||Brett Johnson|
|ASSISTANT DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS:||Erik Beyer|
|ROUNDTABLE COMMISSIONERS:||Randy White - Boy Scout|
|Shai Mendoza - Cub Scout|
|UNIT COMMISSIONERS:||Danny Foreman|
2017 Unit Commissioner Recruiting Initiatve
Mountain Lake District is starting a new method of recruiting Unit Commissioners to assist with helping maintain the health of the units and health of our communication channels within the district. Traditionally Unit Commissioners are individuals not directly associated with the units they are assigned to, but we found this to be quite inconvenient for volunteers who also had kids in the program and still wanted to volunteer as a Unit Commissioner. We are making a change to this and are excited to see our district grow because of it.
Each unit (Pack, Troop, Ship, Crew, etc) will select an adult leader from within their unit to take on this role of Unit Commissioner. There will be a huge benefit regarding this position and the relationship to the unit. The Unit Commissioner will have an established relationship with the unit and leaders and know the inner workings of the unit, so it will be easier for the units to express their needs as they arise.
Needed for Success!
This position can be appointed by the unit committee or if someone voluntarily steps up. There is no way this role can be made an actual requirement, but in order for our units to be at the top of their game and get the support they need from the District and Council levels, this position is required in each unit.
Roles the Commissioner Plays
A commissioner plays several roles, including friend, representative, unit “doctor,” teacher, and counselor.
The commissioner is a friend of the unit. Of all their roles, this one is the most important. It springs from the attitude, “I care; I am here to help; what can I do for you?” Caring is the ingredient that makes commissioner service successful. He or she is an advocate of unit needs. A commissioner who makes himself known and accepted now will be called on in future times of trouble.
The commissioner is a representative. The average unit leader is totally occupied in working with kids. Some have little if any contact with the Boy Scouts of America other than a commissioner’s visit to their meeting. To them, the commissioner may be the BSA. The commissioner helps represent the ideals, the principles, and the policies of the Scouting movement.
The commissioner is a unit “doctor.” In their role as “doctor,” they know that prevention is better than a cure, so they try to see that their units make good “health practices” a way of life. When problems arise, and they will even in the best unit, they act quickly. They observe symptoms, diagnose the real ailment, prescribe a remedy, and follow up on the patient.
The commissioner is a teacher. As a commissioner, they will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the growth of unit leaders by sharing knowledge with them. They teach not just in an academic environment, but where it counts most—as an immediate response to a need to know. That is the best adult learning situation since the lesson is instantly reinforced by practical application of the new knowledge.
The commissioner is a counselor. As a Scouting counselor, they will help units solve their own problems. Counseling is the best role when unit leaders don’t recognize a problem and where solutions are not clear-cut. Everyone needs counseling from time to time, even experienced leaders.
Commissioners are appointed by the district commissioner with the approval of the council executive board.
- Have excellent people skills
- Have a Scouting background or be fast-track learners
- Know and practice Scouting ideals
Roundtable Commissioners should:
- Be congenial and enthusiastic performers
- Have the ability to recruit a roundtable staff
- Have a good Scouting program background in the program for which they will run roundtables
- Be a good planner