Re: What makes a good commissioner
John Conley (iti@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Fri, 12 Dec 1997 10:53:26 -0800
Ron Raab-Long wrote:
> Well, I've been asked, and have accepted, a new hat to wear. Last week
> our DC asked me to become a Commissioner. What the heck, what's another
> hour a week :-).
> But, while I know what the job description for UC is, can anyone out
> there tell me, in human terms, what constitutes a "good" commissioner?
Welcome to the ranks. While Commissioning is sometimes frustrating, it
is also sometimes incredibly rewarding.
In general, there are some great publications on Commissioning. Get and
read them. There is good training. Take it.
But, from reading your posts here I'm confident that you will make a
good commissioner, because you have the quality without which all the
training in the world is worthless; you care.
There are many skills that are absolutely necessary to being a good
Commissioner, and I encourage you to learn them. But all the skills
in the world won't help if you don't sincerely care about helping your
units to succeed.
Don't get caught up in numbers for their own sake. When a unit succeeds
it is delivering a quality Scouting program to flesh and blood young
Finally, some good advice I was given when I was recruited as a UC:
Don't assume ownership of a unit's problems. You have volunteered to
help them solve *their* problems. After all, you still need to sleep
Good luck. I'm confident that you'll be fine!
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City