Appalachian Trail Commissioner Service
Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. 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.
The Commissioner Concept
The commissioner is the liaison between the local council and Scouting units. The commissioner is successful when units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting to their members. Specifically, a commissioner:
- Builds relationships as a "friend to the unit", getting to know the people and character of the leadership team.
- Provides connections to other units, District, Council and national resources.
- Informs with up to date news from the District, Council and National organization.
- Ensures all leaders are trained.
- Offers friendly and timely assitance when challenges arise.
- Is a resource for you!
Join Our Commissioner Team
Speak to any of our commissioners about how you might join us this our service to units.
So what is the actual job of a commissioner? Here are our expectations for a commissioner. Our goal is to help your unit meet their goal and offer the best possible scouting program to the youth of the Metacomet District.
Five Areas of Focus:
- Supporting unit growth and retention through the Journey to Excellence.
- Contacting units and capturing in commissioner tools their strengths, needs, and a unit service plan that enables continued improvement.
- Linking unit needs to District Operating Committee and other resources.
- Supporting timely unit, district, and council charter renewals.
- Supporting unit leaders by delivering effective Roundtables that provide program ideas, relationship development, and timely communication.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Help each unit earn the Gold 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.
- Review Scouting program literature.
- Visit unit meetings.
- Observe the unit in action and determine the degree to which the descriptions in the literature are being followed.
- If called upon, participate or help in some of the regular activities of the unit.
- Visit regularly with the unit leader.
- Listen to what the unit leader has to say.
- Offer encouragement and support.
- Using the literature and profile sheet, help the leader see new opportunities for improvement.
- 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 assure effective and active unit committees.
- Visit with the unit committee periodically.
- Observe the committee in action.
- Using the literature, offer suggestions for improvement.
- 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 leaders.
- Know the neighborhood in which your units are located.
- Help graduating members of one program join the next level of Scouting.
- Identify potential sources for new youth members.
- Cultivate men and women of good moral character who might become Scouting leaders.
- Know chartered organizations and prospective ones.
- Learn about resources and characteristics of the neighborhood, which may affect a unit.
- Know the district and council.
- Identify resources that can help the unit.
- Know scheduled events that will help the unit.
- Work closely with the professional staff.
- Use members of district operating committees to help meet specialized needs of your units.
- Set the example.
- Adopt an attitude of helpfulness.
- Keep promises.
- Be concerned about proper uniforming.
- Be diplomatic.
- Continue to grow in experience and knowledge.
- Attend commissioner training experiences and earn the commissioner training awards.
- Meet with, and share information with, other commissioners.
- Involve unit personnel in Cub Scout roundtables, Boy Scout roundtables
- Make certain that proper techniques are used to select and recruit unit leaders.
- Facilitate the on-time annual charter renewal of all assigned units.
- Help the unit conduct a membership inventory of youth and adults.
- Help the unit committee chairman conduct the charter renewal meeting.
- See that a completed charter renewal application is returned to the council service center