Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of packs, troops, 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.
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.
College of Commissioner Science
The College of Commissioner Science is a day of training for commissioners from Commissioner Basic Training through advanced learning experiences in unit service. The objectives are to help commissioners expand their skills and unit service philosophy. The goal of this experience is to promote the increased effectiveness of the individual commissioner.
This ongoing training opportunity will benefit new commissioners and experienced unit commissioners. Participants do not have to be a commissioner to attend. Any adult leader that is interested in the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement is invited to attend. The building opens at 7 am; lunch is included with registration.
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.
Quickstart Videos for Commissioner Tools
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.
BSA commissioner website
Commissioner Manuals and Resources
Commissioner Awards and Recognition
Recognition has been a fundamental part of Scouting from its beginning. Done well, it is a powerful tool that can help leaders set goals, define accomplishments, encourage skill development, celebrate commitment and achievement, and inspire others to strive for similar success.
Contact your district leadership or district commissioner to determine the unit commissioner assigned to your unit.