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Doctor of Commissioner Science. Instructors: George Crowl, . Introductions. Name Commissioner job Scouting experience. Overview. DCS 601 — Selecting a Topic DCS 602 — Limiting the Scope of the Topic DCS 603 — Developing Outline / Writing Report DCS 604 — Thesis Workshop

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Doctor of commissioner science

Doctor of Commissioner


Instructors: George Crowl,


  • Name

  • Commissioner job

  • Scouting experience


  • DCS 601 — Selecting a Topic

  • DCS 602 — Limiting the Scope of the Topic

  • DCS 603 — Developing Outline / Writing Report

  • DCS 604 — Thesis Workshop

  • DCS 608 — Advanced Commissioner Lifesaving

  • DCS 610 — Preventing Commissioner Burnout

  • DCS 611 — Consider Your Spouse and Family

  • DCS 612 — Commissioner Awareness of AIDS

Dcs 601 selecting a thesis research project topic

DCS 601

Selecting A Thesis /

Research Project Topic

Instructor: George Crowl


  • 20 pages, double spaced

  • Non-permanent binder

  • Meaningful research, development and study

  • Belongs to local council, credit given

  • Deadline July 1 for conference award

  • Include complete bibliography

  • Some may want to do an approved project not requiring a writtenthesis. That’s OK.


  • Thesis — 1) an essay as evidence of knowledge of a subject, or 2) an unproved statement or postulate

  • Hypothesis — a supposition or a proposition, not proved

  • Theory — relationships which have been verified to some degree

  • Law — unvarying relationship has been established (Kepler’s laws)

Selecting a topic first step
Selecting a Topic —First Step

  • Your area of interest

  • Your area of experience

  • An area of need

  • Something you can research yourself.An individual research project!

  • Limited, plan on one year

Topic selection discussion
Topic Selection Discussion

  • Area of interest

  • Area of experience and expertise

  • Area of need

  • Area that can be accomplished by you

  • Area of research limited by time constraints

Class exercise
Class Exercise

  • Teams of three

  • Select a topic

    • 20 minutes

    • Develop initial stages

    • What would be done?

    • What sequence do it?

    • Not content or how to do it

Team reports
Team Reports

  • Five minutes each maximum

  • What the team did

  • Why you did it

  • Group discussion

Project steps 1
Project Steps (1)

  • Define the problem or state the thesis

    • “What are Cub advancement motivators”

    • “Why some boys don’t graduate from Cubs to Scouts”

  • Propose some solutions

  • Review literature (BSA and other)

Project steps 2
Project Steps (2)

  • Observations, surveys, interviews

    • Watch den / pack / troop meetings to spot leadership skills used / not used

    • Interview boys / parents / leaders

    • Survey samples of new / experienced leaders

  • Field testing — see if the idea works



Dcs 602 limiting the scope of the topic

DCS 602

Limiting the Scope

of the Topic

Instructor: George Crowl

Workable size
Workable Size

  • Why?

    • Confines to area of most expertise

    • Limits area of required research

    • Complete within time constraints

  • Limit the scope of study to:

    • Place — area you can cover

    • Time

    • Number of cases

    • A workable factor of a larger problem

    • Financial cost

    • Feasibility of the project

    • Availability of data

A practical example
A Practical Example

  • Training

  • Cub Scout training

  • Cub Scout training for new leaders

  • Immediate Cub Scout training for new leaders

  • Immediate essential Cub Scout training for new leaders

  • “A method of providing immediate essential Cub Scout training to new Cub Scout leaders.”

Another practical example
Another Practical Example

  • Commissioner responsibilities

  • Responsible to improve Quality Unit status

  • Only 40% of troops attended long-term camp

  • “A commissioner program to improve troop summer camp attendance”

Preliminary exploration
Preliminary Exploration

  • Helps further limit scope

  • May involve

    • Library research

    • Exploratory interviews and visits

    • First-hand observation

  • Develop a preliminary outline of the report

Research sources
Research Sources

  • Library research

  • Surveys and questionnaires

  • Interview schedulels

  • Scouting literature

  • Group interviews

  • Consultants

  • Review of other studies related to topic

  • Statistical data

  • Experimentation

A real thesis
A Real Thesis

  • What sources were used in the handout thesis or theses?

  • What other sources might have been used?

Questionnaires interviews
Questionnaires / Interviews

  • Select best questions for purpose

  • Unbiased wording

  • Pre-coding

  • Layout and order of questions

  • Preliminary trial

  • Revision as required

  • Preparation of instructions


  • Sample size

  • Sampling methods

  • Selection and location of samples in the field

Getting data to report
Getting Data to Report

  • Need accurate, reliable data

  • Uniform, consistent data

  • Complete data

  • Organization / coding of data

  • Tabulation of data

  • Interpretation of results



Dcs 603 developing the thesis outline and writing the report

DCS 603

Developing the

Thesis Outline and

Writing the Report

Instructor: George Crowl

Types of theses
Types of Theses

  • Informative reference

  • Analytical report

  • Experimental project report

Sample thesis outline
Sample Thesis Outline

  • Prefatory material

  • Text or body

  • Supplementary material

Prefatory material
Prefatory Material

  • Title page

  • Table of contents

  • Lists of illustrations, tables, and charts

  • Preface, foreword, or letter of transmittal

Text or body of report
Text or Body of Report

  • Introductory chapters (background, purpose, problem, delimitation of subject, methods, summary of study findings)

  • Analysis and interpretation of findings

  • Conclusions and recommendations basedon data presented

  • Summary chapter

Supplementary material
Supplementary Material

  • Appendixes

  • Bibliography

  • Index

  • Glossary of terms

Writing the thesis
Writing the Thesis

  • Revise your preliminary outline

  • Assembling material:

    • Use of diagrams

    • Supporting material

    • What to put in appendixes

    • Preparing the bibliography

    • How-to and reference material

    • Should you include an abstract?

    • Follow the outline — revise again if necessary

    • Organize notes according to the outline

Write the first draft
Write the First Draft

  • Introduction — purpose, arouse interest

  • Paragraphing — each new phase

  • Transitional devices

    • Repetition

    • Direct reference

    • Connectives

    • Transitional paragraph

  • Conclusion — summarize, reemphasize


  • Compile bibliography

    • Give sources for facts

    • Give credit for others thoughts

Read revise rewrite 1
Read, Revise, Rewrite (1)

  • Purpose clear?

  • Paragraphing correct?

  • Paragraphs make major points of thesis?

  • Each paragraph unified and coherent?

  • Paragraphs clearly related to one another?

  • Sentences varied in structure?

Read revise rewrite 2
Read, Revise, Rewrite (2)

  • Sentences be better written?

  • Too wordy?

  • Eliminate some expressions or words?

  • Need punctuation to make meaning clear?

  • All words spelled correctly?

  • Parts need to be rewritten for clarity?


  • Have someone else carefully read and mark anything that is unclear or awkward

  • Revise again


  • Type in final form

  • Edit

  • Correct

  • Submit



Dcs 604 thesis workshop

DCS 604



Instructor: George Crowl

Individual progress
Individual Progress

  • Discuss areas of interest and progress

  • Counseling and help as needed

  • Rising Ph.D.s discuss their projects and theses



Dcs 608 advanced commissioner lifesaving

DCS 608




Instructor: George Crowl


  • Look for vital signs — dropouts, recruiting, program, leadership, no meetings, conflicts

  • Go into action fast — consult, ask basic questions, be enthusiastic, apply first aid, generate teamwork

  • Hurry cases — not meeting, no leader, no committee, no new members, conflict with chartered organization, lacks training, weak leadership

Lifesaving commissioner
Lifesaving Commissioner

  • Good commissioner is one!

  • Teams may help

  • Start with administrative commissioners

  • Dead units do not serve kids

  • Units require prompt, intensive, persistent care

  • Commissioner Fieldbook provides help

Lifesaving team
Lifesaving Team

  • Individuals can save lives, but (paramedic) teams are often better

  • Insure basic commissioner structure is in place before starting teams

  • Individual commissioners should be trained

  • Two kinds of teams:

    • Ad hoc or temporary

    • Permanent

Temporary team
Temporary Team

  • DC selects 2+ people: Who are the best to work with this unit in this situation?

  • Could be: UC, ADC, IH, another unit’s leader.Anyone who can help

  • Team head:

    • UC in some circumstances

    • Someone else in other situations

Permanent team
Permanent Team

  • Operates the district’s intensive care program

  • DC appoints members

  • ADC team chief (main Scouting job)

  • UC assistants (main Scouting job)

  • Other Scouters as needed

  • Units assigned to team by DCReassigned to regular UC when healthy

The decision
The Decision

  • Based on Key 3 philosophy

    • Some want a permanent team

    • Some don’t

  • More important — a commitment Stop the drops

    • Give special help to units with critical needs

    • Have a plan of action

    • District commissioners are critical



Dcs 610 preventing commissioner burnout

DCS 610




Instructor: George Crowl


  • “I’m sick of it!”

  • Why are you still here?

  • Everyone feels some burnout

  • We will look at ways to overcome burnout

Types of burnout
Types of Burnout

  • Fatigue

  • Boredom

  • Lack of motivation

  • Others?


  • Signs

    • Tiredness

    • Low energy

    • Lack of ideas and planning

    • Others?

  • Solutions

    • Vacation

    • Temporary replacement

    • Have others help

    • Go to bed earlier!

    • Get help with late-night TV addiction


  • No longer interested (not fatigued)

  • Prevention / cures

    • Change of pace — new skills, new places

    • Visit others — gather ideas

    • Special activity — Philmont, other activity

    • Teach — commissioner or other training

    • Redevelop — read inspirational literature

    • Reflect on your progress

    • Ask for a change of assignment

Lack of motivation
Lack of Motivation

  • What is motivation?

  • What is the only real way to motivate?

  • Some incentives:

    • Keep up-to-date

    • Your sincere, interested, helpful and enthusiastic attitude motivates others

    • Your talents are important to Scouting

    • Group sense of belonging motivates

    • Recognition

Time management 1
Time Management (1)

  • Set priorities — what will make a difference?

  • Commissioner service is primary

  • Keep Scouting papers sorted out

    • Keep the stuff you need, pitch the rest

    • Use your notebook to organize

  • Talk to verbose Scouters before meetings

  • Group tasks and appointments

Time management 2
Time Management (2)

  • Say “no” when you need to (nicely)

  • Don’t procrastinate

  • Listen carefully

  • Commissioner “to do” list — A, B, C

  • Make a schedule, stick to it


  • Take it easy. Relax!

  • Manage your weight

  • Regular exercise. Stay fit.

  • Lead a balanced life

  • Get prompt medical help



Dcs 611 consider your spouse and family

DCS 611


Your Spouseand Family

Instructor: George Crowl


  • How many have seen volunteers leave Scouting because of their family?

Skit 1
Skit 1

  • We never communicate, that way we never argue

    • Communication is key to good organization

  • Family is getting in the way, no time for Scouting

    • Family must come first. Schedule time accordingly

Skit 2
Skit 2

  • No organization, but confusion and frustration

    • Plan together, keep priorities in order

  • My spouse does not care for me

    • Consider your spouse. Work together on house, children, meals. Show care often.

  • She just does her own thing

    • Involve your spouse in your responsibilities

Skit 3
Skit 3

  • Single parent. Doesn’t have time for everything

    • Plan ahead. Budget available time. Do not take on too much.

Other problems
Other Problems

  • Finances

  • Time together

  • Values

  • Overload

Spouse recognition
Spouse Recognition

  • Appreciation certificate

  • One spouse represents, gets recognition

  • Card, poem, flower at dinner plates

  • Thank you letters

  • Recognize spouses at all activities

  • Testimonial for and on behalf of spouses

  • Annual spouse recognition – BBQ, picnic, etc.

  • Spouses’ day at camp



Dcs 612 commissioner awareness of aids

DCS 612


Awareness of


Instructor: George Crowl


  • The text in the notes pages is from the syllabus. Because the syllabus is non-specific, no presentation is prepared.