Re: Unit Commissioner's Responsibilities
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 00:19:09 -0400
We use the following in our District as a guide to Unit Commissioner
Unit Commissioner Expectations: The UC is expected to cooperate with
other Scouting personnel related to specific programs but should not be
responsible for them. The UC is an advisor/mentor whose primary duties
1. Maintain a close liaison with the chartered organizations of the
served units. This requires a working relationship with the Chartered
Organization Representative (COR). Unit activities and Chartered Partner
Expectations should be discussed with the COR at least once a quarter.
The Institutional Head should be visited once a year.
2. Work to assure effective and active unit committees. Encourage
each unit committee member to review appropriate Fast Start training
videos and attend any relevant and available training including Roundtable.
3. Make efforts to involve unit personnel in Roundtables. Check
Roundtable attendance sheets to learn whether the unit was present. If a
unit has not attended make sure to deliver an materials passed out at
Roundtable to the unit leaders.
4. Establish good lines of communication between unit personnel and
other District and Council leaders. Visit each unit at least once a
month and maintain regular telephone contact with the unit leader,
committee chair, and the COR. Visits should not be limited to either the
unit meeting or committee meeting, but should include both in turn.
Participate or help in some regular activities of the unit. Know the
resources of the Council and District. Involve these resources in the
life of the unit. Encourage unit participation in Council and District
program events and training opporttunities. Report monthly to the ADC on
the status of each unit.
5. Help select and recruit unit leaders. Thought the actual
appointment is approved by the chartered partner, with help and action by
the COR and the unit committee, the UC plays a key role in the selection
process, making sure that proper techniques are used to locate and enlist
the best possible leaders. Often you will be looked to suggest
candidates for these positions.
6. Continue to grow in experience and knowledge. Attend the Basic
Commissioner Training Course. Attend the College of Commissioner Science
eachyear until the Doctorate has been completed. Attend the District
Commissioner and Service Area Commissioner meetings. Attend Roundtable
7. See that all units are rechartered on time and help each unit to
conduct programs and submit paperwork that will earn the unit the Quality
Unit Award, National Camping Award, and Summertime Pack Award among others.
8. Know the neighborhood in which your units are located. Learn
about the resources and characteristics of the neighborhood that may
affect a unit. Help graduating members of one program join the next
level of Scouting. Identify potential sources of new youth members.
Identify locations for new units and potential chartered partners. Relay
this information to the District Membership Committee.
9. Set a good example for others. Have a positive attitude and keep
the interest of our youth uppermost in decision making.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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