Re: Unit Commissioner Information Needed
(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 26 Mar 1996 09:10:55 -0600
Mike Kauffmann wrote:
>The Unit Commissioner answers to the District Commissioner >who in turn
answers to the District Committee and the District >Exec.
Nope. Each "category" has it's own "reporting person".
Unit-level Commissioners report either to an Assistant District Commissioner
(ADC) or in smaller Districts to the District
Commissioner. The District Commissioner WORKS WITH the
District's Committee and the District Executive but does NOT
"report" to them. He or she instead "reports" to the Council
Commissioner and serves on the Council's Executive Board.
The District Commitee has a chair. This District Chairperson
works closely with the District Commissioner and Executive but neither does
NOT "report" to him or her. The District Chair "reports" to the Council
President and serves as a member of the Council's Executive Board.
The District Executive is dependent upon the volunteers of his or her
District for goal setting and completion, but he or she is NOT "hired" by
them. His or her boss is the supervising District professionals (if he or
she is junior to the
"lead professional"), to a Field or District Director, to an
Assistant/Associate Council Executive, or directly to the Scout Executive in
the Council, depending upon the size of the Council and the structure in
which the professional finds him or herself.
>The Unit Commissioner does not have specific authority but >serves in an
When someone can withhold your charter without signing it, that's a little
authority, Mike. The Unit Commissioner's first and formost role is to
insure that the unit is operating a Scouting program consistant with what
the chartered partner organization AND the BSA (through the local Council)
says it should take the form of. This is based on the Commissioner's
training, ongoing coaching by supervising Commissioners, and most
importantly, the experience of the Commissioner.
This is in great part why many Councils want experienced Scouters to serve
as Commissioners, because they bring to the new role some understanding on
how their Council operates and what the Council is expecting from their units.
If a Commissioner finds that a unit is NOT operating within the confines of
the BSA, he or she can request that the unit's charter be reviewed or
pulled. Not many Commissioners take that extreme a step and work with the
unit's leadership and
committee before such a step is taken, but IT HAS HAPPENED
and it was a UNIT COMMISSIONER that made the first steps.
Again, the Unit-level Commissioner is there, as many have
wrote earlier, to be first a FRIEND and COACH to the new and experiencd
Scouter, to share information and programming which the Council/District is
putting together for all units, and
to insure the stability of the program and to allow for expansion of the
program. But his or her loyality is to the Council and the BSA, and his or
her emphasis is on insuring that the best possible program is being
conducted according to the standards of the chartered partner and the BSA.
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