Commissioner Corps Information
Message from your Council Commissioner
Dear Miami Valley Scouter,
From time-to-time people ask me what is the actual job of a commissioner. Here are our expectations for a MVC commissioner. Our goal is to help you meet your goal and offer the best possible scouting program to the youth of the Miami Valley.
The Commissioner is a generalist whose passionate overriding mission in Scouting is to help units succeed.
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
Yours in Scouting,
Council Commissioner Corps