National Commissioner's Minute
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Relationships Matter, With a Special Thanks
to Our Chartered Organizations
One of the great rewards of serving as your national
commissioner is that I meet so many outstanding
volunteers and professionals who live the Scout Oath
and Scout Law every day. Over the years, many of these
people have become great friends. The relationships
that we form in this program are unique. We instinctively
understand that we are bound by something larger than
ourselves. Looking back on a lifetime of faces, I am
amazed and gratified by the great relationships that are
part of our Scouting experience.
Relationships matter, particularly in Scouting. We see
them every day and they fundamentally transform our
lives. It seems appropriate as we start a new school year
that we should take a moment and say a special thanks
to those who make the Scouting program possible.
Let’s start with our chartered organizations, which look
to us to deliver a quality Scouting program to the youth
affiliated with their organization and community. In doing
so, they trust us with those relationships, and we need to
be ready to deliver on our commitment to our chartered
organizations and the constituencies they serve.
There are a lot of other kinds of relationships in Scouting
that mean so much to us. Our volunteer–professional
partnerships are a prime example. Recently, our 12th Chief
Scout Executive, Wayne Brock, retired after 43 years of
service to the youth of America. Our personal relationship
spanned a lot of years, from my time as local council
president to region president to the national Key 3. Thank
you, Wayne, for your extraordinary service and friendship.
The commissioner corps looks forward to supporting the
leadership of our 13th Chief Scout Executive, Mike Surbaugh.
I recently enjoyed rekindling a number of volunteer to
volunteer relationships at our first College of Commissioner
Science Dean’s Retreat held at Scouting University. When
you get a group of Scouters together who are lifelong
friends, it does not take long for the miles between us to
drop away. The event was a huge success. It is a product
of a remarkable collaborative effort between Scouting
University and our training team, led by Tim Acree, from
the Commissioner Service Task Force.
Now it is time to build a Scouting relationship with
new families across America. We have a new adventure based
Cub Scouting program, designed by parents and
volunteers to be both exciting and timely in its program
content. Scouting has never been more relevant. The
new program is easier to execute for our leaders and
more fun for the boys. Cub Scout activities and a
revised advancement program are front and center, but
everything is aligned with the aims and mission of the Boy
Scouts of America. Remember, growing Cub Scouts is
the foundation of growing the Boy Scouts of America.