Re: Unit Commissioner
Todd Tingblad (TINGBLTN@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU)
Thu, 10 Aug 1995 11:56:59 -0500
Congrads Paul...Welcome to the Service...
>What help is your unit commissioner?
As a UC, I help get information to and from the units I service. One of the
reasons I signed on as a UC was the past UC's did not do their job and my
troop got burned on getting all the information needed for a council-wide
event. I did not what anyone else in that or any other unit I service, get
not get the information they need.
>What help would you like from your unit commissioner?
A UC is the communication pipeline. Checking to make were the unit is
functioning. Is the unit having problems. Do the unit leadership have a
question of BSA policy and procedure. Are the unit following these policies
and procedures. TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING. Offer training opportunites to
the units. Get them all Fast Start trained. Make sure the unit recharters
on time and correctly. Help them earn the Quality Unit. Be a Friend To The
>What don't you want from your unit commissioner?
The UC does not run the unit...never ever. It is the Chartered Partner's
program, administrated by the unit committee, and the program is delivered by
the staff (Cubmaster, Den Leaders, Scoutmaster, Assist. Scoutmaster, Adviser,
Assist. Advicer). The UC lets them do their job. The UC may make
recommendations to help the unit function better, but it is the unit itself
that makes it work.
Sometimes, the UC is seeing things to learning of things that are happening
in a unit that should not be happening. You are also the eyes and ears for
the district and council in that unit. This can be a tuff job. You must
work with the unit to solve the concerns before getting to the next level.
But you are also not GOD. Youth Protection guidelines don't give you any
power to fix anything on that level. Like any other person or scouter, you
report it to the proper person at the council as Youth Protection Guidelines
UC is not a hard job. UC is not an easy job. It is a very important job and
must be the number one job you do in Scouting. The job is that important.
Todd Tingblad -- TINGBLTN@UWEC.EDU
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