National Commissioner Minute

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Tico Perez
National Commissioner

My fellow commissioners,

Welcome to 2013.

I am excited to tell you that 2013 will involve an intense focus on membership recruitment at all levels of Scouting. We as volunteers own membership and it is up to us to ensure that we experience membership growth in 2013. We are all in the membership business!

You have no doubt heard me say that commissioners own unit retention, and that primary mission will not change. Commissioners need to continue to deliver quality unit service while we all work together to recruit and empower volunteers to lead the membership drive. You will also see an increased focus on the importance of a strong district committee. As commissioners, we serve as the key link between the many resources of a functional district committee and the unique needs of each unit. We have built this concept of linkage as part of our “simple and unified” mission statement and position description:

“The retention mission of the commissioner corps is best achieved by providing an adequate number of trained unit commissioners who provide a link to district committee resources in support of a quality unit program.”

We can achieve that retention mission statement by focusing on our most important roles:

  • Supporting unit growth in the Journey to Excellence criteria: JTE measures performance characteristics that unlock the door to a successful unit.
  • Linking district committee resources to the unit: Unit commissioners should support the district committee’s delivery of a “catalog of services” to support the specific JTE elements needed for a particular unit’s health and success.
  • Visiting units and logging the visits into the Unit Visit Tracking System (UVTS): Our core task remains visiting the unit. UVTS input feeds critical information to the district committee to help link resources to the unit.
  • Supporting on-time charter renewal: The commissioner’s focus is the retention of the unit. Finally, the commissioner corps is fully supportive of the concept of the new-unit commissioner, as outlined in the Unit Performance Guide. The concept of assigning a new-unit commissioner on a one-to-one basis to each new unit, through the first two recharter cycles, is a proven and approved best method that results in dramatically increased new unit retention.

Together, we can bridge the gap to increased membership in the BSA.

Thank you all for the service you provide to youth in your

local councils.