Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Serve as Unit Commissioner AND Troop Committe member ?
Re: Serve as Unit Commissioner AND Troop Committe member ?
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 16:51:06 -0800
Jeffrey Bloom wrote:
> Can anyone tell me if there is a BSA policy that says a person CANNOT serve
> both as a Troop;s Unit Commissioner AND the also serve at the same time on the
> same Troop Committee ?
As someone who has been registered as both a leader in a unit and also assigned to
the same unit as a commissioner, I was always told it is not illegal, but
certainly not ideal. In the Commissioner Fieldbook, it states that the
commissioner is a friend and advisor of the unit's leader and committee. The
commissioner should have the resources and knowledge to assist leaders in the
operation of the troop, giving advice, guiding them towards resources they need,
training the leaders in areas they need help, when they ask and when absolutely
necessary, but always advising from a distance to ensure that the troop will
operate successfully on its own. It is easier for me, as a troop leader, to do
many things on my own, without engaging the boys, but that's not my role. I'm a
troop leader to train the boys to lead and function as contribuing and active
members of society, whether I'm there or not. It is much the same for a
commissioner. I could do everthing for the unit, but what happens if my scouting
job changes, I leave scouting or when I'm no longer here at all? The troop is not
being well served when it needs to depend on its commissioner as a major player,
as is the role of the troop committee members, in the management of its
This has been my experience in a few years of commissioner's service. Many
scouters have different views on this, some say it makes for better program. I
hope that this will at least give you a different perspective on it.
Eagle Scout Class of 1985