Re: Unit Commissioner Information Needed
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Mon, 25 Mar 1996 10:06:02 -0600
>Is there a difference between a "District Commissioner" and >"District
There sure is.
District EXECUTIVES, their ASSOCIATES, and in larger
Districts, District DIRECTORS are all professional positions
within the BSA. In other words, they get paid to administer
and support the volunteer structure of the District in which
they are assigned or support.
District COMMISSIONERS, their ASSISTANTS and unit-level
Commissioners are ALL VOLUNTEERS. They do NOT get
paid a dime for their essential services and most are extremely happy that
they don't get paid like their professional counterparts do.
"Counterparts, Mike?", you may ask.
BOTH positions utilize the same insignia, and it is this unified
insignia which ties the volunteer and the career/professional
Scouter together. See, Evette, the BSA started out with Commissioners
during its earlier days. Some were paid by the
local chartered partners as a lump for their time and efforts and
others weren't paid (or the Commissioner never asked to be paid) to organize
and extend the program, to arrange for finances and collect fees from the
units, and to arrange for special events and insuring that the organizations
using the new BSA program are using the "BSA-consistant" program.
Later, the BSA wanted to have a set of administrators out in the field as
the organization grew. The first persons they looked to for filling those
new "executive secretary" positions were the Commissioners that were doing
those positions in those communities. They became the first "Council
Executives" and later as the organization grew, became "District
Executives", and a split between the volunteer Commissioner, that supports
the units and the professional,
which supports the program, was established. Those executive positions,
like today, support the volunteers that were elected to serve as officers of
the local "chapter" of the BSA, to insure the financial and physical welfare
of the program and to arrange for camping and other outdoor facilities and
their upkeep for Scouting units from their Council and from other Councils.
As the BSA grew even further, other forms of professionals were created to
meet specific needs. For instance, with the advent of the modern
(contemporary) Exploring program, Exploring Executives were hired by many
Councils; Education Executives were created when the BSA entered school
systems and created in-school Exploring and Scouting programs. When the
size of some urban and suburban Districts became too large for the
traditional District Executive/Associate District Executive structure, a manager
of several District Executives was created, called the District
Director, with roles similar to the traditional Field Director found in many
Councils as a first-line supervisor of several
District professional members.
On the volunteer side, as the BSA grew, the single Council Commissioner
could no longer be everywhere, and so Unit Commissioners [with name changes
throughout the years:
there were (and in some places still are) Troop Commissioners
(specializing only with Boy Scout Troops), Pack Commissioners (specializing
only with Cub Scout Packs), Neighborhood Commissioners (our forerunner to
Unit Commissioner), Community Commissioners (found in many overseas areas)]
were instituted to assist the Council (and later District) Commissioner.
Later, the BSA experiemented and allowed local Councils the option of
splitting the unit service function into separate "program areas", and
created the positions of District Boy Scout Commissioner and District Cub
Scout Commissioner and their assistants. That plan didn't work out very
well, because by then everyone was aware of the existing Assistant District
Commissioner and Unit Commissioner positions. Officially, the
"optional unit service plan" has been shelved, but there are many Councils
that are still using this format today and love it.
Commissioners and Executives share the same "wreath of service" emblem and
are proud of their historic connection.
But their roles within the program...and the way that they are
compensated for their roles, are indeed different.
>(Sometimes it helps to know these things...)
Sure it is...its a great question, Evette!! Thanks for asking!!
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