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District CommissionerCommissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. A commissioner’s primary function is to be a “friend to the unit.” When people work together on a common goal relationships are strengthened.Commissioners coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. They 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.The Unit Commissioner is a generalist whose overriding mission in Scouting is to help units succeed. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Help each unit earn the Journey to Excellence Award
  • Use the annual Commissioner service plan, with its scheduled opportunities for Commissioner contact with units
  • Know each phase of the Scouting program and keep current by reviewing Scouting program literature.
  • Visit unit meetings and observe the unit in action and determine the degree to which the descriptions in the literature are being followed. Only if called upon, participate or help in some of the regular activities of the unit.
  • Visit regularly with the unit leader and listen to what the unit leader has to say. Offer encouragement and support and help the leader see new opportunities for improvement but always maintain the best possible relationship with unit leadership. Help the leader with forms and applications. Encourage unit participation in district and council program events and training opportunities.
  • Work to ensure effective and active unit committees. Visit with the unit committee periodically and observe the committee in action. Offer suggestions for improvement and work with the committee to solve problems and improve unit operation.
  • Keep in touch with the chartered organizations of the units you serve. Meet and orient the chartered organization representative. Meet the head of the organization and explain your role as helper of units. Help develop a good relationship between unit leaders and chartered organization
  • Know the neighborhood in which your units are located so that you can help graduating members of one program join the next level of Scouting (e.g. Webelos to Boy Scouts).

With that being said, our District is a couple commissioners short. Each commissioner should ideally have 3 units to track. If you want to help the district succeed or you know someone that wants to help the district succeed, please talk to JoAnne Dederick and consider being a Unit Commissioner.


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JoAnne Dederick, District Commissioner, Washington Trail District
October 10, 2012

Washington Trail District