Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of packs, troops, teams, crews and ships. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America. 

The commissioner is the liaison between the local council and Scouting units. The commissioner's mission is to keep units operating at maximum efficiency, maintain regular contact with unit leaders, counsel leaders on where to find assistance, note weaknesses in programs, and suggest remedies. The commissioner is successful when units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting to their members. Contact your district leadership or district commissioner to determine the unit commissioner assigned to your unit.

Commissioner Training

A trained commissioner is an effective commissioner. Commissioners should take Commissioner Fast Start training online. Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to position-specific courses for unit commissioners, assistant district commissioners, assistant commissioners and Roundtable commissioners. Find a commissioner training course near you. Commissioners are encouraged to attend the College of Commissioners Science, held the first Saturday in December.

New Commissioner Tools

Commissioner Tools is a new tool available on the new my.Scouting Tools. Commissioner Tools are used by commissioners to record both unit contacts and monthly roundtable attendance. The tools are intended to help commissioners better perform (not change) current functions by improving efficiency and easy access of information.

Unit Service Plan

The Unit Service Plan is a tool to strengthen a unit and enable it to offer the best possible program to the youth it serves. A collaborative effort between the unit’s leaders, its chartered organization, the unit commissioner, and the district operating committee, it establishes a customized annual plan that is periodically reviewed and updated to provide continuing improvement.

Commissioner Resources

BSA commissioner website


Commissioner Manuals and Resources


External Sites


Contact your district leadership or district commissioner to determine the unit commissioner assigned to your unit.