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Colonial District, National Capital Area Council, BSA


Volume 1, Issue #2 ONLINE EDITION August 1998


What Is the Commissioner Service? How Is It Organized?

Youth experience Scouting in Packs, Troops, and Crews. The healthier the unit, the more wonderful things will happen for these youth involved in Scouting. To help make this occur, the Boys Scouts of America provides a program of unit service through adult Scouters specifically commissioned to help chartered organizations and unit leaders to achieve the aims of Scouting by using the methods of Scouting. These commissioned Scouters wear a shoulder patch with a wreath surrounding the Scout symbol.

The Commissioner Service is the organization within Scouting that provides a program of unit service. Because of the importance of unit service to the successful delivery of the Scouting program, you will find Commissioners at every level of Scouting. And all of these Commissioners are there as a team to help assure that individual Scouts get the best possible program. In our district you will find three types of commissioners:

Leadership - The District Commissioner and the Assistant District Commissioners are responsible for recruiting, training, guiding, and evaluating the Commissioner staff.

Unit Commissioners are assigned to one or more units, which they serve and counsel.

Roundtable Commissioners provide unit leaders with resources and training in program skills through regularly scheduled roundtable meetings.

What Are The Purposes and Goals of the Commissioner Service?

The Commissioner Service exists to help units provide the best possible Scouting program, which ultimately helps assure that individual Scouts have the best opportunity of developing good character traits, participating citizenship skills, and personal fitness.

Broadly stated the goals of the Commissioner Service through the execution of a successful unit service plan are to:

  1. Help see that the objectives of Scouting are being carried out.
  2. Assure that each unit has strong, competent unit leadership.
  3. Promote regular meetings of unit committees.
  4. Encourage growth in youth membership.
  5. Help assure that Scouts and units take an active part in District and Council activities.
  6. Foster a positive relationship between the chartered organization and its unit leaders.



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