a publication for commissioners and professionals

Spring 2021


Sue Simmon
NCS Starting and Sustaining Units Chair

Adapting to Change – “The Only Thing Constant in Life is Change”

We have all experienced an abundance of change in our lives recently; most would say more than we would normally expect. In Scouting, we’ve changed our meetings and events, programs, membership, and more. But our mission remains the same:

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Change will always occur; the challenge we face is how we adapt. How can commissioners support our units during this time of great change?

Whether we are starting a new unit or sustaining and growing a current unit, as commissioners we can help our units assess – plan – act to address areas of need.

We need to view change as an opportunity to build relationships with our community partners, units, districts, and council. Commissioners need to seek out more volunteers with a servant heart and a desire to help. Building welcoming and friendly relationships within our communities will benefit everyone.

Commissioners need to have a positive mindset when they communicate with their units. We need to bring resources, information, and alternatives that enable our units to thrive. Let us remember that Scouting is about having fun, and commissioners should be a part of the excitement.

It is important that commissioners regularly attend monthly roundtable and district commissioner meetings to ensure they have the most up-to-date information to share. In addition, commissioners have many opportunities to attend virtual supplemental training to cultivate their expertise. The tools we have as commissioners allow us to move our units in a positive direction.

Commissioners need to accept the challenge and adapt to the changes in Scouting. Now more than ever, every unit needs a caring and friendly commissioner to help them. Without this positive attitude toward change, our mission as commissioners could not be fulfilled.

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