Training for Commissioner Service

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Tim Acree
National Commissioner Service Training Chair
tim.acree@comcast.net

Position-specific basic training and updated Commissioner College courses were posted on the Commissioners website last year around Thanksgiving. While there have been some minor changes made based on feedback from participants, the comments have been overwhelmingly positive. Overall, the training has been well received.

Basic Training Update—A new Council Commissioner Basic Training course was added to the Commissioners website right before Christmas. This course is a bit different from the other courses in that it is more than just a presentation. This training contains “action items” for the council commissioner to perform. These are activities that help the council commissioner form a better understanding of the role. For example, the council commissioner is asked to find out who the other officers of the council are, when they meet, what meetings they plan to attend, how they will develop the organization, the current commissioner ratio, and how many new units are planned for next year, among other questions. The goal is to have the council commissioner understand the leadership role within the council and help facilitate outstanding unit service. Thanks to Dave Fornadel and Larry Chase, who were the primary developers of the course.

A new Council Commissioner Basic Training course was added to the Commissioners website right before Christmas. This course is a bit different from the other courses in that it is more than just a presentation. This training contains “action items” for the council commissioner to perform. These are activities that help the council commissioner form a better understanding of the role. For example, the council commissioner is asked to find out who the other officers of the council are, when they meet, what meetings they plan to attend, how they will develop the organization, the current commissioner ratio, and how many new units are planned for next year, among other questions. The goal is to have the council commissioner understand the leadership role within the council and help facilitate outstanding unit service. Thanks to Dave Fornadel and Larry Chase, who were the primary developers of the course.

Note that we are currently considering technology to make this course a self-paced learning module.

Commissioner College Update—Section III, Chapter 4 of the Administration of Commissioner Service manual was updated and posted to the Commissioners website at the end of the year. This update has been a long time coming and it covers many new topics such as how to conduct a commissioner college using the Internet and conference calls. That information should enable commissioner colleges in remote areas. It also has information that the college deans should find helpful in planning for the college.

Section III, Chapter 4 of the manual was updated and posted to the Commissioners website at the end of the year. This update has been a long time coming and it covers many new topics such as how to conduct a commissioner college using the Internet and conference calls. That information should enable commissioner colleges in remote areas. It also has information that the college deans should find helpful in planning for the college.

The college courses are being reviewed and will be updated on the website as the review team finishes each degree. The plan is to update each of the courses to be more consistent in font, style, and presentation. In addition, each course will be reviewed for alternative methods of instruction and will incorporate feedback that has been received as well as changes in the program like JTE. The update should result in more consistent course offerings and more complete and up-to-date information. Additional courses may also be considered.

NOTE: Now that the Commissioners website has all the courses posted, the Dropbox site will be decommissioned at the end of February. The Dropbox links will no longer be active at that time.

Now that the Commissioners website has all the courses posted, the Dropbox site will be decommissioned at the end of February. The Dropbox links will no longer be active at that time.

National-Level Training

Sea Base—Special thanks to Dave Fornadel and Kresha Alvarado of Circle 10 Council for the outstanding unit commissioner course that was taught at Sea Base on January 13–18.

Special thanks to Dave Fornadel and Kresha Alvarado of Circle 10 Council for the outstanding unit commissioner course that was taught at Sea Base on January 13–18.

Philmont—Commissioner Week at the Philmont Training Center is Week 3: June 23–29. You should have received a personal invitation from our national commissioner, Tico Perez, to attend PTC during this week. At PTC, you will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with Scouters from across the nation. The conference faculty is composed of some of the most talented and skilled commissioners in Scouting. There will be five courses focused on commissioner service as well as some special activities just for commissioners. The fourth annual PTC Commissioner College will be held on Friday. Plan to attend and you will not be disappointed.

Commissioner Week at the Philmont Training Center is Week 3: June 23–29. You should have received a personal invitation from our national commissioner, Tico Perez, to attend PTC during this week. At PTC, you will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with Scouters from across the nation. The conference faculty is composed of some of the most talented and skilled commissioners in Scouting. There will be five courses focused on commissioner service as well as some special activities just for commissioners. The fourth annual PTC Commissioner College will be held on Friday. Plan to attend and you will not be disappointed.

If you have any questions about commissioner training, please contact Tim Acree, National Commissioner Service Training Chair, at tim.acree@comcast.net.