Re: Tough Commissioner Question
Sun, 31 Jul 1994 10:39:05 EDT
The commissioner job is my favorite in Scouting: it allows me to play a
semi-active role in the program, and I don't have to deal with the kids.
This has something to do with my personal temperment, and things I saw in my
My Dad was a Commissioner, after a stint as Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster
and Scoutmaster. His favorite job was Cub Roundtable Commissioner, but he
was an ADC, whose role was primarily what would be called District Cub Scout
Commissioner in the 1975 parlance. He exposed me to a lot of the "inner
workings" of a Commissioner job, even while I was a youth.
After my own time as an Assistant Scoutmaster and College Scouter Reserve
(remember that one, folks?), I was a Troop Committee member. I felt that
Commissioner would better suit my time allotments to Scouting until my 4 year
old son got old enough to be a Tiger Cub. (My 8 year old daughter is in the
Brownies, but this GS Council frowns on active roles for male leaders).
I think the scenarios should continue - it's good troubleshooting training
for us because of the resources - nationwide - and the experiences of each of
I would still like to hear from those Pack and Troop leaders and their
experiences with noteworthy Commissioners (see my earlier posting if you
can). I think we could learn from those applications as well.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City