Re: District Commissioners
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Thu, 18 Aug 1994 09:57:33 PDT
> The reason I have been interested in the discussion is that I
> would LOVE to have a real commissioner to assist. We are in
I know the feeling. Our District Commissioner showed up at our Troop Courts
of Honor twice, both times to present the Troop charter. I also saw him the
night I tendered my resignation as Scoutmaster; three times in a bit over 2
1/2 years. I _never_ saw the Unit Commissioner or Assistant District
Commissioner to which my Troop was assigned.
After a break of about a year during which I have been working on a master's
degree (founded a new Troop and two new Packs in the past year, just to keep
doing something constructive, with another Troop coming on-line next month),
I took over as Scoutmaster of a Troop in town until rechartering time. I am
_still_ unable to find out who my Unit Commissioner is.
Am I indulging in Commissioner bashing? No. "Been there, done that", as a
Commissioner. I hold the Commissioner's Key and the Commissioner's Arrowhead
Honor (Unit Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner). Doing a good
job as Commissioner can be difficult and thankless.
The Scoutmaster's job is even more difficult and has a high burnout rate. A
good Commissioner is a jewel beyond price, especially for a new Scoutmaster.
I tried to touch base with my unit leaders once a week, and I always tried
to see if there was _something_ I could do to make their jobs easier and
more enjoyable for them.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 852
Ventura County Council
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