Commissioner Manuals and Resources

The previous Commissioner manuals have been replaced with a series of PDF documents, outlined on this page.  Each manual module has several subtopics within the document.  There is no provision for printing the information in book form.  This format provides commissioners the opportunity to create their own hard copy book, or an ebook for tablet, phone or other digital  device. 

The three previous commissioner manuals are now obsolete: Commissioner Field Book for Unit Service, Administration of Commissioner Service and Council Commissioner Manual.

The Unit Performance Guide is still a relevant publication.

The modules will be updated as information changes.

Commissioner and Professional Roles

  • National Commissioner
  • Regional Commissioner
  • Area Commissioner
  • National Commissioner Support Staff
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD
  • The Role of the Council Commissioner
  • By the Bylaws: The Council Commissioner
  • By the Bylaws: The Commissioner Staff
  • Quick Reference for Council Commissioners
  • Relationships
  • Key 3 Membership
  • Board Membership
  • It Starts with a Vision
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD
  • The Role of the District Commissioner
  • By the Bylaws: The District Commissioner
  • By the Bylaws: The Commissioner Staff
  • Quick Reference for District Commissioners
  • Relationships
  • Key 3 Membership
  • Board Membership
  • It Starts with a Vision
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD
  • The District Commissioner
  • Assistant District Commissioners
  • Unit Commissioners
  • Roundtable Commissioners
  • District Executive
  • Resources
  • Appendix A – Sample District Commissioner Meeting Agenda
  • DOWNLOAD
  • The Role of an Organizational Design
  • Four Fundamental Concepts
  • Developing the Design
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD
  • Introduction
  • Qualities of a Good Relationship
  • Tips for better Relationships
  • A Closing Note
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD

Providing Unit Service

  • Purpose of Scouting
  • Charter Concept
  • The Chartered Organization’s Role
  • The Role of the Local Council
  • Traditional unit Organization
  • Districts
  • Unit Service
  • Concept of Unit Service
  • Adequate Number of Trained Commissioners
  • Unit Service Vision
  • Unit Service Mission
  • Unit Service Objectives
  • Unit Service Goals
  • Unit Service Methods
  • Roles the Commissioner Plays
  • Commissioner Contacts
  • Commissioner Tools
  • Unit Assessment and Unit Service Plan
  • District Committee
  • Charter renewal for Units / Review Journey to Excellence
  • Leader recognition
  • Commissioner Training
  • Orientation or Onboarding
  • Summary
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD
  • The Role of the Unit Service Plan
  • Why Build a Unit Service Plan?
  • Developing a Detailed Collaborative Assessment
  • Journey to Excellence Tools
  • Unit Assessment Scoring Matrix
  • Building a Unit Service Plan
  • Linking Needs to Resources
  • Process Overview
  • In Summary
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD
  • Guiding Principles
  • General Technology
  • BSA Technology
  • Appendix 1 – Cache Clearing Process of Several Popular Platforms
  • Appendix 2 – Role to Functionality Matrices
  • DOWNLOAD

Providing an Adequate Number of Trained Commissioners

  • The Role of Recruiting
  • It Starts with a Vision
  • Identifying Needs
  • Identifying Candidates
  • Screening for Passion and Potential
  • The Essential Characteristic
  • Where to Look
  • Making the Ask
  • What Not to Do
  • Building and Working a Recruiting Plan
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD
  • Developing a Commissioner Prospect List
  • The Process
  • DOWNLOAD
  • Focus of Commissioner Training
  • Who is Responsible for Commissioner Training?
  • National Commissioner Support Staff
  • Regional Commissioners
  • Area Commissioners
  • Council Commissioners
  • District Commissioners
  • Why We Train Commissioners
  • How We Train Commissioners
  • Commissioner Specific Basic Training
  • Continuing Education
  • National Level Training
  • Training Administration
  • Review
  • DOWNLOAD

Continuous Improvement

  • The Role of Recognition
  • Why Recognize Commissioners?
  • Commissioner Recognition
  • Recognition Supports Recruiting
  • Requirements and Progress Records
  • Certificates
  • Available Commissioner Awards and Recognitions
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD
  • What is the Purpose?
  • Journey to Excellence Standard
  • Why JTE is worth their time?
  • The JTE scorecard
  • Introduce the scorecard to unit committee
  • Review progress on this year’s scorecard
  • Look at next year’s scorecard
  • Complete the scorecard and turn it in
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD

Linking District Resources

Roundtables

  • The Role of Roundtable
  • Who Should Attend Roundtable?
  • Roundtable Leadership
  • Roundtable Commissioners
  • Roundtable Fun
  • Assistant Roundtable Commissioners and the Roundtable Team
  • Using RoundTable in Unit Service
  • Training the Roundtable Team
  • District Commissioner Support for the Roundtable Team
  • Recognition for the Roundtable Team
  • Recognition for Roundtable Participants
  • Planning Roundtables
  • Using the Roundtable Planning Guides
  • Roundtable Length and Format
  • Program Specific Roundtables
  • Technology and Roundtable Delivery
  • Roundtable Promotion and Attendance
  • After Roundtable: Time for Evaluation: Start, Stop, & Continue
  • Summary
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD

Charter Renewal

  • Charters
  • Charter Renewal Process
  • Internet Charter Renewal
  • Failure to Recharter
  • What are the consequences of not completing charter renewal on time?
  • Charter Presentation Ceremony
  • Resources
  • DOWNLOAD

Scouting Programs

Unit Performance Guide

The Unit Performance Guide is the approved BSA best method strategy for creating and sustaining high-performing units for local councils. This book provides extensive new-unit resources for volunteers and professionals and covers the following topics: Know the Market, Make the Call, Build the Team, and Grow

Resources

Unit Commissioner Program Notebook, No. 26-006
This pocket-size commissioner planner, calendar, and resource guide helps unit commissioners plan and schedule their weekly and monthly service to units. It’s available annually from Boys’ Life magazine.

Selecting Cub Scout Leadership

Guiding a chartered organization in the process of selecting unit leaders is one of the commissioner’s most important tasks.

Selecting District People, No. 34512

Volunteers are the single greatest resource of the Boy Scouts of America. They provide leadership for boards, committees, units, and finance. This book is designed to help key district leaders determine the number of people needed to operate an effective district, and then to locate, select, and recruit them.

 

Forms

Commissioner Assessment Forms These blank detailed assessment forms taken from Commissioner Tools may be used as paper information-capture sheets if a commissioner does not want to work on the computer live while contacting a unit. Alternatively, they may be used by a commissioner who does not have access to a computer, and a “commissioner friend” will enter the information. They may also be used when collaborating with a unit to complete the assessment of a unit’s strengths and needs.

Unit Assessment Forms These blank assessment forms taken from Commissioner Tools may be given to a unit leader to complete prior to the Collaborative Assessment being completed by the unit Key 3 and the unit commissioner. Ideally, the unit should complete these within my.scouting.org when they are sent to them by the commissioner; however, they may be used as a worksheet prior to entry in my.scouting.org. They may also be used when collaborating with a unit to complete the assessment of a unit’s strengths and needs.