National Commissioner Minute
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My fellow commissioners,
This year has seen some extraordinary milestones in terms of
service by the commissioner corps. Let's talk about a few of the
milestones we accomplished in 2013:
- The "Peg the Needle" unit visitation project was a huge
success, with a more than 30 percent increase in recorded
unit visits nationally over the previous year. A number of
our councils recorded unit visit rates that were multiples of
prior performance. We have recorded 153,070 unit visits
through August 2013. That performance is amazing
and shows once again how our commissioner
corps responds to support the needs of the
- The roundtable study committee completed the
initial phase of its study and has rolled out the new
Cub Scout and Boy Scout roundtable guides, both of
which can be downloaded from the national website.
- Our training team released a comprehensive revision of our
College of Commissioner Science curriculum, including
adding more than nine courses, all of which are free to
download from the national website.
- The Unit Performance Guide, including the use of a newunit
commissioner to shepherd a new unit through two
charter renewal cycles, was approved as a standardized
best practice. The genesis of the guide can be traced to the
- The BSA will celebrate 100 years of Scouting by The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this October in Salt Lake
City, and all commissioners in attendance at the regional
board meetings will join together in a first-ever joint meeting
to chart the future of commissioner service.
- Commissioner Week at the Philmont Training Center had
record attendance and participants enjoyed a special visit
by National President Wayne Perry.
- A new training course titled Commissioner Service for
Non-Traditional or Faith Based Units will be offered in 2014.
The course was created in response to requests from
commissioners for a program that covers a wide range of
commissioner topics and developments.
Any discussion of 2013 milestones has to include the inaugural
national Scout jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National
Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The jamboree was, by any measure,
extraordinary in so many respects. Most importantly, the young
people I met had the experience of a lifetime. One Scout after
another told me that the Summit was "awesome"—a phrase used
a lot in West Virginia this summer. Venturers came to the jamboree
as participants for the first time, and we hosted Scout delegations
from 22 countries and gave them a glimpse of what the 2019 world
Scout jamboree will be like at the Summit.
The jamboree—and the Summit itself—could not have
happened without the selfless service of many of you who served
on staff and as volunteer unit leaders. Our staff performed a
herculean effort and worked tirelessly to ensure that each Scout
and Venturer had that "awesome" experience. Many of you were a
part of this historic effort, and I especially
want you to know how much your service
Everywhere across America Scouting
is happening because of our volunteers.
As commissioners, we often work behind
the scenes, but our role in ensuring
a quality program and improving unit
retention is more important than ever.
Thank you for all that you do and will
continue to do to serve the youth