Re: Unit Commissioner Information Needed
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Sun, 24 Mar 1996 23:14:49 -0600
Rob Fikes asked:
>> I need to know what the responsibility of the Unit >>Commissioner is?
The Unit/Troop/Pack Commissioner (and the Exploring Service Team
Member/Post/Ship Commissioner) has two main jobs:
The first is to be an RESOURCE and a COACH to the Scouters that he or she
works with. Not a "spy" nor an "police officer".
The Unit-level Commissioner works with three or four units
within a community or neighborhood and insures that Scouting information
from National, the local Council and the District reaches each unit's leader
and committee frequently. They are the additional resources needed to
assist a new unit or a coach to help new leaders get used to the "Scouting
way" of doing things and the way that the Scoutmaster and other Scouters can
input information to the District and Council.
The second is to MAINTAIN STANDARDS of the BSA with greatest regard to the
way that the program operates or is being used by the chartered partner,
with the way the uniforms and insignia of the BSA is being used by the unit,
and the way that the materials used by the unit is being approprately used
as additional resources for the unit. This "maintaining standards" is most
visable when the unit is being rechartered with the Commissioner's
assistance and participation.
Unit-level Commissioners are also nice "additional hands and
legs" to have around. As a former Unit and Troop Commissioner, I made
myself available to my units as an additional adult leader and participated
in lots of "extra campouts" when the Scoutmaster or other leader could not
find additional adult leadership...it also allowed me to take a look at how
my units were implementing the BSA's camping and outdoor program at the same
We also like--no, we LOVE--to also present special awards during Courts of
Honor on behalf of our District's leadership or as a special guest of the unit.
>>Who do they answer to, are the over, under or equal to the >> Scoutmaster?
Unit-level Commissioners directly report to either an Assistant District
Commissioner (ADC) (in most cases) or to the Exploring Chair (in the case of
the Exploring Service Team members.)
Currently, there are three fieldings of a new concept which places the
Exploring Service Team members under the District Commissioner and assigns
an Assistant District Commissioner-Exploring to supervise them). I've been
advocating this change and the job title to "Exploring Unit Commissioner" to
make the Exploring "positions" in a traditional District's operation more
consistant and to avoid
problems whereas the unit support roles are split between the
Exploring Chair and the District Commissioner.
The senior-most Commissioner in a District is the District Commissioner, and
in smaller Districts without much structure, *all* of the Commissioners
directly report to him or her rather than through ADCs which in turn report
to the District Commissioner.
Scoutmasters, on the other hand, "report" to the Unit's Committee Chair and
the Chartered Organizational Represenative.
I guess you can say that the unit-level Commissioner and the Scoutmaster are
on the same "level" and so they would be
about equal, if one is concerned about "power struggles".
Hope that helps out!
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