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Commissioner Staff / Unit Service -- Scouters Helping Units other than their "Home" Unit

Commissioner Staff / Unit Service functions . . .

  • Commissioner Staff / Unit Service.  Commissioners connect the Membership and Program functions to Units and Leaders. Commissioners are volunteers who will help unit leaders succeed at putting on a great Scout program, and making it as easy as possible; see the National Commissioner Page for resources, including the Journey to Excellence resource page, and the Atlanta Area Council has a number of Commissioner Resource Pages.  Commissioners will "check in" on units from time to time ... but do not hesitate to contact a Commissioner.  Commissioner assignments are included on the Unit Contact Information sheet attached in the "About Us, How to Join & Unit Support" page, or contact the District Commissioner.  
  • The current messaging from the BSA on what Commissioners do is described as:  (1) Supporting unit growth through the Journey to Excellence, (2) Contacting units and capturing their strengths and weaknesses in Commissioner Tools, (3) Linking unit needs to district operating committee resources, and (4) Supporting timely charter renewal.
  • For more, check out the new Commissioner Training Page and these resources about how to use Commissioner Tools (or these videos about how to use Commissioner Tools, which probably duplicates some of that).
    • Many Committee Members are also Commissioners.
    • And many Commissioners are also Committee Members.
    • This helps ensure Unit Support occurs effectively
  • District Commissioner (2017: Bernard Bagley; 2013-16: Bert Bender).  Recruit and coordinate and support and communicate and connect Commissioners, Committee functions and units.
    • Charter Renewal Assistant District Commissioner (____), if someone has the passion, be a resource for getting recharter done as easy as possible!
    • Commissioner Tools Champ Assistant District Commissioner (____), someone to help Commissioners figure out productive uses of Commissioner Tools.
  • Unit Commissioner Roles (see assignments in our list of units at About Scouting & How to Join) -- support and advise units and leaders, get to know them and how they operate, help them access the district, council and other resources.  Some Commissioners have no other BSA role and might advise multiple units, but most Unit Commissioners have "just one chartered organization" to serve (so probably only a Pack a Troop).  All Unit Commissioners must contact units (kindly … the Commissioner Tools “Unit Assessment Form” should be used very carefully, if at all, as it is taxing on volunteer leaders and should be tailored to your local units) … and all Unit Commissioners must report, ideally through Commissioner Tools, but also through calls or emails to the District Commissioner.  So … types of Commissioners include:
    • One Unit “Mentoring” Commissioners (someone in leadership of a strong unit taking on “just one unit”, to “mentor” the other unit, perhaps with joint outdoor events or other activities)
    • One Unit “Visiting” Commissioners (newish volunteers visiting good units can pick up tips and tricks – “visiting” commissioners have “just one unit” (a strong one), to do Commissioner Reporting Tools, and pick up some tips and tricks along the way, including tips to take back to the home unit)
    • New Unit Commissioners: should have no other roles, to be sure that time is invested in unit success
    • Commissioner Staff: registered commissioners, not currently assigned due to time constraints or other roles, but responsive and helpful, friendly, courteous, kind to other units in District interactions. 
  • Roundtable Commissioner (____; 2015: position had been vacant for years, Bender no longer willing to stopgap this), overall coordination, recruiting, promotion and follow through.  Goal: support leaders as needed, so that those who want Roundtable get good Roundtable.  Note: not everyone needs Roundtable -- many get the tools they need by accessing resources like those on our website, visiting units, telephone calls, and other methods, because time is precious.  And absent a committed team to conduct quality programs that are promoted in advance, delivered in a robust way, and are well received, Roundtable will continue to alternate between: (1) “Casual Open Question Time” roundtable meetings, where leaders who want to attend and discuss "around the table" can ask their questions of whoever shows up, and have discussion on information otherwise circulating, and (2) if/when a committed volunteer steps up, Promoted "Program" roundtable meetings, with a planned and promoted "hands on" program to relate to what leaders can do with their units.  A third option is an “On the Road" roundtable meeting to visit Pack or Troop Meetings, as "experiential" learning is valuable (to play the game, see the game being played) and will become more utilized by BSA training in years to come.  So, to support leaders, specific roles can include:
    • Cub Roundtable Commissioner (2017: Kevin Butler), develop and deliver program for Cub Leaders at Roundtables, with advance promotion and recruiting.  Answer questions at “Casual Open Question Time” roundtable meetings and other venues (e.g. District Website / FB content, calls/emails).
    • Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner (____), develop and deliver program for Troop Leaders at Roundtables, with advance promotion and recruiting.  Answer questions at “Casual Open Question Time” roundtable meetings and other venues (e.g. District Website / FB content, calls/emails).
    • Roundtable Refreshments Commissioner (____), find some budget for refreshment, deliver on that, or find a cooperative rotation for roundtable refreshments.
    • "Virtual" Roundtable Commissioner (____), likely overlapping with "Communications Commissioner", identify information that will be available at Roundtable and ensure that it is available to leaders through the website and other channels.
  • Communications Commissioner and Public Relations (2017: Bert Bender willing), overall coordination, recruiting, promotion and follow through on communication of District information.  Specific roles can include:
    • Public Relations and Social Media Assistant District Commissioner (2017: _____; 2015: Keir Chapple), overall coordination and follow through on PR matters, run Facebook page.  Need to consider also YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, WhatsNext and other social media.
      • Paparazzi (2017: _____; 2016: Valerie Baldowski, again), photos and video for the FB page and Website.
      • Marketing Maven (____), work traditional public relations (AJC to local papers); work with Event Teams for before and after promotion; seek ideas from units about what they are doing
    • Webmaster (2017: Bert Bender, again), Website information.
      • Council Event Promotion Commissioner (____), identify what is important to who, when to sell it, and how.  P.S.: not every Council event is important for "rebroadcast" – and people get frustrated between too little information and too much information.
    • BSA Contact Data Dog (2017: Bert Bender, again, if given "Key Three Delegate" access), someone to harvest and update email contact information for district communications.  Capture Key Leader contact data.
      • Phone Tree Commissioners (____), to telephone the “off line” about key events and issues
      • Polling (____), design and conduct surveys of leaders, parents, etc.