Commissioner Training Update
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As you may remember from previous newsletters,
committees were formed at the beginning of 2014 to update all
commissioner training with the intention of posting all updates
to the Commissioners website before the National Annual
Meeting in May. This update was primarily driven by the new
Commissioner Tools but was also intended to include new
programs such as Voice of the Scout, the updated Unit Service
Plan, and updates to JTE. However, Commissioner Tools was
not released in March as planned. Thus, all training updates
were suspended until Commissioner Tools became available.
Now that Commissioner Tools is beginning to roll out to all
councils, we will reinitiate the training updates at the beginning
of 2015 with the intent to have all courses updated and
posted to the Commissioners website by the National
Annual Meeting in May. The updates being planned are
- Dave Fornadel—Team lead for Basic Training
All seven of the Basic Training courses are being
updated by a team led by Dave Fornadel. Dave will incorporate
the Commissioner Tools and the new Unit Service Plan as part
of the Basic Training updates.
Commissioner College Courses
All 68 Commissioner College courses as well as the
supporting materials in the General folder will be updated by
the team listed below:
- Dick Kroll—Continuing Education courses
- Peter Matrow—Doctorate courses
- Craig Donais—Masters courses
- Bill Kropa—Bachelor courses
- Suzanne Windisch—Supporting materials in the
This team will make sure the course materials contain the
most current information. The goal in making the updates is
to make sure that we are offering current, up-to-date training
that is aligned with the BSA’s major initiatives. We also want
to provide an outstanding learning experience for every
commissioner whether they were just commissioned or have
years of experience.
In addition, Dan Maxfield has approved seven additional
courses as support for roundtable commissioners. Thus a
college will be able to offer a bachelor degree in Roundtable
Science. These courses will be posted at the same time as the
others above. Selection for the development committee will
begin next month.
In March 2014, Diane Thornton was named BSA chief
learning officer for Scouting University. Diane is now
responsible for all training development within the BSA
including commissioner training. While commissioner training
is still very separate from program training, the goal is to make
sure that all training is aligned.
Diane attended Commissioner Week at Philmont this year.
She is interested in developing a strong relationship with the
commissioners and making sure we are included in all future
In addition, Diane and her team of course developers are
available to assist in the future development of commissioner
courses. Therefore, Tim Acree will sit on the review committee for Scouting U as the representative for commissioner service.
The relationship between commissioner service and Scouting
U is very strong, and we will work to make sure commissioner
service is mentioned in all appropriate future training
development. We welcome the opportunity to work with Diane
and her team.
Florida Sea Base Commissioner Training
Whether you directly serve a unit, serve as a roundtable
commissioner, or are an administrative commissioner, this
conference, scheduled for Jan. 18–24, is for you. You’ll learn
how to link the unit with district and council resources and
communicate more effectively. Your experience this week will
teach you how to support and retain new units. We will also
discuss best practices, the new Unit Service Plan, and the
rollout of the new Commissioner Tools.
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Philmont Training Center Commissioner Training
Commissioner training will take place June 14–20 at the
Philmont Training Center with an additional Unit Commissioner
course during Week 8, July 26–Aug. 1.
- Commissioner Service for Non-Traditional or
Faith Based Units
- The Council Commissioner
- District Commissioner and
Assistant District Commissioner
- Effective Roundtables
- The Unit Commissioner
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If you have feedback on how training can be improved,
please contact Tim Acree, national commissioner service
training chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.