A unit 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.
The commissioner is a representative of the council.
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 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.
The Commissioner Role
Commissioners are District and Council volunteers who help Scouting Units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, and Exploring Posts.
Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America. They also oversee the Unit charter renewal plan so that each Unit reregisters on time with an optimum number of youth and adult members.
Your Unit Commissioner is a link between your Unit, your District, and Gamehaven Council. Each Unit (Pack, Troop, and Crew) should have a Unit Commissioner. Your Unit Commissioner should be your Unit's resource as they help it to be its best.
There are also Roundtable Commissioners. These Commissioners develop and present the program and training at your District's monthly 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 ADCs, they 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 is also a Council level Commissioner. 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.
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