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Session 1 Why Commissioners?
Opening Pledge of Allegiance
Opening Ceremony • The Cub Scout Promise • I, (name), promise to do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack. • The Scout Oath • On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. • The Venturing Oath • As a Venturer, I promise to do my duty to God and help strengthen America, to help others, and to seek truth, fairness, and adventure in our world.
Introductions • Name • Present job in Scouting • Previous positions held • Tenure • Awards earned
Learning Objectives • State the purpose of the Boy Scouts of America • State the mission of the council and district • Explain the four-function concept of council and district operation • Describe the commissioner unit service role and its relationship to supporting a unit in a quality program • State the methods and steps of good unit program planning
Purpose of Scouting • To promote, through cooperation with other agencies, the ability of youth to do things for themselves and others, and to teach youth patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues
Aims of Scouting • Character development • Citizenship training • Personal fitness
Council Mission • Voluntary association of citizens & chartered organization representatives • Promotes Scouting within a geographical area • Guides & supports districts to • Make Scouting available to youth • Provide adequate funds • Maintain standards and policies • Serve organizations using the Scouting programs
District Mission • Ensures growth & success of Scouting units within the district's territory • Works through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units
Four-Function Plan • Membership/Relationships • Finance • Program • Unit service
The Commissioner Concept • 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, • Note weaknesses in programs, • And suggest remedies. • The commissioner is successful when units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting to their members.
Unit Commissioner Responsibility Card • Report to the district commissioner or assistant district commissioner as assigned • Help each unit earn the Quality Unit Award • Use the annual commissioner service plan, with its scheduled opportunities for commissioner contact with units • Know each phase of Scouting and its literature. Be able to describe how each works. • Visit meetings of assigned packs/troops/teams/crews regularly, usually once a month
Unit Commissioner Responsibility Card • Visit regularly with the unit leader • Be aware of unit leader concerns and challenges • Serve as the unit leader’s coach and counselor • Build a strong, friendly relationship • Using the literature and profile sheet, help the leader see opportunities for improvement • Encourage unit participation in district and council events
Unit Commissioner Responsibility Card • Work to ensure effective unit committees • Visit with the unit committee periodically • Observe the committee, offer suggestions for improvement, and work to solve problems • See that adult leaders have adequate training • Make certain that proper techniques are used to select and recruit unit leaders
Unit Commissioner Responsibility Card • Facilitate on-time charter renewal of all units • Help the unit conduct a membership inventory of youth and adults • Help the unit committee chairman conduct the charter renewal meeting • See that a completed charter renewal application is returned to the council service center • Make arrangements to present annually each unit charter at a meeting of the chartered organization
Unit Commissioner Responsibility Card • Attend all meetings of the commissioner staff • Become trained • Initial orientation and basic training • Arrowhead Honor and Scouter’s Key • Annual council commissioner’s conference • Know the resources available to the unit in the neighborhood, district, and council
Unit Commissioner Responsibility Card • Set the example • Adopt an attitude of helpfulness • Keep promises • Be concerned about proper uniforming • Be diplomatic • Be a model of Scouting ideals • Conduct own Self-Evaluation on page 51 of the Commissioner Fieldbook
Commissioner Quiz The unit commissioner: (true / false) • 1. Reports to the district executive. • 2. Must be an expert in training adults and youth. • 3. Is only concerned with reregistering a unit on time. • 4. Should be familiar with the official literature used by units for program. • 5. Visits the unit committee only, on a regular basis. • 6. Must know the unit program planning process. • 7. "Sells" the unit leader on district and council functions, as a primary responsibility.
Commissioner Quiz (continued) • 8. Periodically communicates with the chartered organization representative to offer help. • 9. Regularly attends Roundtables to check up on unit leaders. • 10. Guides the unit through the annual service plan. • 11. May earn the Commissioner’s Key. • 12. Attends monthly meetings of the district committee. • 13. Is not involved in the presentation of the unit charter. • 14. Must be familiar with the monthly program themes. • 15. Encourages assigned packs, troops, teams, and crews to earn the Quality Unit Award.
Unit Commissioner Video • AV-04V001R
Commissioner’s Roles • Friend • Representative • Unit "doctor" • Teacher • Counselor
Supporting the Unit • Topic: Indicators of unit health • Method: Buzz groups
Indicators of Unit Health: Pack • Leadership • Webelos dens • Advancement • Youth attendance • Membership • Family attendance • Den participation • Meeting operation • Den chiefs • Tiger Cub dens
Indicators of Unit Health: Troop • Meeting operation • Boy leadership • Skills instruction presentation • Skills instruction levels • Membership • Budget plan • Attendance • Patrol activity • Adult assistance • Outdoor program
Indicators of Unit Health: Crew • Adult Advisors • Elected officers • Planned program • Adult assistance • Membership • Meeting operation • Service projects • Program capability inventory
Indicators of Unit Health: Post • Adult leadership • Elected officers • Planned program • Adult assistance • Participation • Meeting operation • Post specialty • Program of emphasis areas • Adult Resource Survey
Evaluation Tool • Commissioner Worksheets: pack, troop, crew, post • Do unit leaders resist evaluation? • Do you understand the profile? • What are your resources?
Cub Scout Program Planning • Unit commissioners should understand process and tools • Program Helps and Pack Planning Chart • Cub Scout Leader Program Notebook • Council calendar • Chartered organization needs • Annual program planning conference • Monthly pack leaders meeting • Den Chief – Den Leader meeting
Boy Scout Program Planning • Tools • Troop Program Features — 4 volumes • Program Planning Chart • Boy Scout Leader Program Notebook • Planning steps • Homework (get ready) • Find out what Scouts want (patrol leaders) • PLC annual planning, SPL presiding • Secure troop committee support • Pass the word. Publicize.
Venturing Crew Program Planning • Crew plans program • Program capability inventory (adult resources) • Adult hobbies, interests, skills, careers, and Ideas from PCI to program planning forms • Venturing activity interest survey • Planning steps • Brainstorm activities • Discuss and evaluate each idea • Select activities and calendarize • Plan details each month in advance
Summary • Opening • Purpose, Aims and Methods of Scouting • Commissioner Service Role • Supporting the Unit • Unit Program Planning
Session 2 Units: The Commissioner’s Top Priority
Learning Objectives • Explain how unit committees are organized to support the unit leaders • State the role of the commissioner in youth protection • Recognize the standards for quality unit operation • Evaluate unit operation • Make a meaningful visit to a unit
Unit Visit Basics • Commissioners visit each unit at least monthly • Visits may be to unit meeting, unit committee meeting, or unit leader • Visits provide knowledge of how to help a unit improve its program • Visits allow you to find out about problems before unit fails, weakens or members leave
The First Unit Visit • Make appointment to visit an assigned unit • Go with your observer-coach • Worksheet will be filled out later • Take your resource kit • Observe for the entire meeting • Do not participate beyond introductions • Both new commissioner and coach fill out independent worksheets • Wear your complete uniform
Second & Third Unit Visits • Second visit — unit meeting • Go by yourself • Stay only 15 minutes (drop-in) • Take your resource kit • Make worksheet changes • Third visit — committee meeting • Visit chartered organization representative • Take your resource kit • Be prepared with ways to help • Give everyone your phone and address • Wear your complete uniform
Unit Condition • Know the condition of the unit at all times: • Is the program fun & challenging for the youth • Do leaders find the program rewarding • Is there a membership growth plan • Will the unit register on time