Commissioner College Comments

Bruce L. Dolder, assistant council commissioner of training, Hawkeye Area Council, Eastern Iowa:

This was my third visit to PTC, and the “How to Conduct a Commissioner College” session was by far the most beneficial and most hands-on experience I have had at PTC. As an assistant council commissioner for training, my council commissioner and I both attended the session.

Over the past two years, we have put on a local council commissioner college in 2010 and a cluster college, which included the neighboring councils, in 2012. In 2013, we are hosting the Daniel Carter Beard Commissioner College for Area 3 of the Central Region. We are expecting participants from as many as 20 councils in April 2013.

The practical experience we gained while arranging all of the details for our Friday commissioner college was very beneficial, especially having to deal with all of the logistics, paperwork, previous training validation, and all of the certificates for awarded degrees or for participation.

The interaction between all of the team members was amazing and the amount of work that we accomplished on Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for Friday was a testament to the abilities and skill sets of each member. Some of us were put into roles that forced us to spread our wings and work outside of our comfort zone, but in retrospect, that was all done for reasons unbeknownst to us at the time.

Eric Randau, district commissioner, Zane Grey District, Grand Canyon Council, Arizona:

Commissioner Week gave me a better understanding of what the commissioner role truly is. I had some idea, but the perspective I gained was invaluable. Meeting and hearing from the outgoing and incoming national Key 3 and the many others who shared that week was an experience that I will never forget. In addition to the Conducting a Commissioner College coursework, I met many friends who have helped me prepare for the commissioner college my council will be putting on Sept. 22.

Larry Hess, Miami Valley Council, Ohio:

Philmont was a great experience for me. I had a good time meeting new Scouting friends and sharing ideas. I have already used the new commissioner basic training and my council is planning to have a commissioner college. Philmont was an experience that all Scouters should take part in, and I am looking forward to coming back.

Steve Trimble, Calusa District, Gulf Ridge Council, Florida:

I started my College of Commissioner Science at Gulf Ridge Council in Tampa, Florida. I spend my winters in Sebring, Florida, where I am an assistant district commissioner. In the summer I live in Heart of Ohio Council in Norwalk. Heart of Ohio has a University of Scouting that offers a few commissioner courses of a general nature. I felt (as did my council commissioner) that Heart of Ohio could support a College of Commissioner Science as well. I was promoted to assistant council commissioner for training and went to Philmont to learn how to conduct a College of Commissioner Science. My five-year training plan is as follows: Year 1—Two basic commissioner courses, one in the spring and one in the fall; year 2—Same as above and add Bachelor of Commissioner Science; year 3—All of the above and add Masters; year 4—All of the above and add Doctorate; year 5—
All of the above and add Continuing Education.

The Philmont course helped me firm up my ideas and kept me from “shooting in the dark.” I highly recommend having the course again.

Scouters Barry Nelson and Kris Jones, Great Southwest Council, Albuquerque, New Mexico:

In 2010, three councils came together and started a very basic College of Commissioner Science. During three annual sessions, it grew and improved. Next year, however, we will add many new features learned at Philmont this past summer. Two Scouters from our council attended the “How to Conduct a Commissioner College” course in July, and they returned with lots of superb information. BSA National is dynamically changing the commissioner’s world and the commissioners’ training week at Philmont is the premier venue to learn all about these changes.