Questions and Answers From the Field

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The National Commissioner Support Team frequently gets questions from those in the field. Here are a few we have picked for this issue reprinted from actual questions sent to the team. Please continue to ask us questions; we are pretty good about providing a quick response.

How can I earn a doctorate if my council doesn’t offer a college?

Contact a college in a neighboring council that you could attend. Explain the situation to the dean and ask to be considered for the doctoral program. You may want to forward a transcript of courses and degrees earned to show your progress. Most colleges have reciprocity and should welcome you. Once you are approved and complete the requirements, that council could award the doctoral degree.

Contact a college in a neighboring council that you could attend. Explain the situation to the dean and ask to be considered for the doctoral program. You may want to forward a transcript of courses and degrees earned to show your progress. Most colleges have reciprocity and should welcome you. Once you are approved and complete the requirements, that council could award the doctoral degree.

What is the difference between a doctorate of commissioner service and the doctoral knot?

The degree and the doctoral knot (also known as the Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award) are two distinct items. The degree is awarded by the local council as part of conducting a college. If the council has followed a standardized course curriculum, you may qualify for the knot assuming you have met the tenure requirement. There are additional requirements for the knot beyond the degree. For example, tenure is usually not required to earn the degree, but five years of experience is required for the knot.

The degree and the doctoral knot (also known as the Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award) are two distinct items. The degree is awarded by the local council as part of conducting a college. If the council has followed a standardized course curriculum, you may qualify for the knot assuming you have met the tenure requirement. There are additional requirements for the knot beyond the degree. For example, tenure is usually not required to earn the degree, but five years of experience is required for the knot.

Is the doctoral knot a service knot?

The doctoral knot requirements signify a level of experience as well as completion of a course of study. It is possible to travel to other councils and complete your doctorate within a year. However, you would not be an experienced commissioner. Thus the knot has a tenure requirement, but that does not make it a service knot.

The doctoral knot requirements signify a level of experience as well as completion of a course of study. It is possible to travel to other councils and complete your doctorate within a year. However, you would not be an experienced commissioner. Thus the knot has a tenure requirement, but that does not make it a service knot.

Some inaccurate information about the commissioner knots was posted on another Scout-related site. The commissioner knots are NOT going away or being consolidated. The only definitive source for Scouting awards is Awards Central; don’t trust any other source.