Commissioner Service

 

Commissioners are district and council leaders who help scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of packs, troops, teams, crews and ships. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America.

The commissioner is the liaison between the local council and scouting units. The commissioner’s mission is to keep units operating at maximum efficiency, maintain regular contact with unit leaders, counsel leaders on where to find assistance, discuss opportunities to improve the unit’s program and offer solutions. The commissioner is successful when units are effectively delivering the ideals of Scouting to their members. Click here to see a list of District Commissioners and Assistant Council Commissioners and their area of responsibility.

Commissioner Training is vital for a commissioner to be successful. A trained commissioner is an effective commissioner. Commissioner’s should take Commissioner Fast Start Training online. Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to position-specific courses for unit, district and roundtable commissioners. Click here for the Commissioner Basic Training Schedule.

Reset Your Life with WOOD BADGE:
Wood Badge is a training course for Scouters which finally results in their receiving a certificate, a small neckerchief, a leather slide and two small beads on a leather thong. Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course. Those who attend find the lessons and leadership skills useful in Scouting and also applicable to their professional and personal lives.

Is Wood Badge a stress-free vacation? No, far from it, but the six days you’ll spend in the woods will renew you by testing your limits, improving your personal relationship skills and adding meaning to your volunteer efforts. The bottom line you will not regret the time and energy invested in attending Wood Badge. Click here if you would like more information regarding this years Wood Badge courses.

Commissioner Tools is a new tool available on the new “my.scouting.org” site. Commissioner Tools is used by commissioners to record both unit contacts and monthly roundtable attendance. The tool is intended to help commissioners make units successful in delivering a fulfilling to the youth they service.

Training Tidbit:

Joe Schaffer, ACC provides the Council with monthly training tidbits. He offers insightful information on training, unit operations and a unique perspective. See his monthly tidbits below.

January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016

Keys to Running a Successful Commissioners Meeting is to follow an agenda. Often meetings have no agenda leading to a variety of topics being discuss resulting in nothing being accomplished.  Here are some suggestions on running an effective meeting.
1) An effective meeting serves a useful purpose. This means that in it, you achieve a desired outcome. For a meeting to meet this outcome, or objective, you have to be clear about what it is.
2) Time is a precious resource, and no one wants their time wasted. With the amount of time we all spend in meetings, you owe it to yourself and your team to streamline the meeting as much as possible. What’s more, time wasted in a meeting is time wasted for everybody attending. For example, if a critical person is 15 minutes late in an eight person meeting, that person has cost the organization two hours of lost activity.
3) Once you have an agenda prepared, you need to circulate it to the participants and get their feedback and input. Running a meeting is not a dictatorial role: You have to be participate right from the start.

Perhaps there is something important that a team member has to add. Maybe you have allotted too much, or too little, time for a particular item. There may even be some points you’ve included that have been settled already and can be taken off the list for discussion.

Whatever the reason, it is important you get feedback from the meeting participants about your proposed agenda.

Once in the meeting, to ensure maximum satisfaction for everyone, there are several things you should keep in mind:

  • If certain people are dominating the conversation, make a point of asking others for their ideas.
  • At the end of each agenda item, quickly summarize what was said, and ask people to confirm that that’s a fair summary. Then make notes regarding follow-up.
  • Note items that require further discussion
  • Watch body language and make adjustments as necessary. Maybe you need a break, or you need to stop someone from speaking too much.
  • Ensure the meeting stays on topic. Avoid rabbit holes.
  • List all tasks that are generated at the meeting. Make a note of who is assigned to do what, and by when.
  • At the close of the meeting, quickly summarize next steps and inform everyone that you will be sending out a meeting summary.

After the meeting is over, take some time to debrief, and determine what went well and what could have been done better. Evaluate the meeting’s effectiveness based on how well you met the objectives. This will help you continue to improve your process of running effective meetings.

Source: Mindtools (2016). Retrieved from: https://www.mindtools.com/CommSkll/RunningMeetings.htm

 

Additional External Resources

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The Commissioner Newsletter

 

 

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