My fellow commissioners,
We have had a lot on our plate in the year 2011 and took on new challenges that resulted in great accomplishments in unit service for serving local councils. Together, we accomplished the following:
- Achieved the third consecutive year of unit commissioner growth. We increased the number of new unit commissioners with a 4 percent increase from over a year ago—exceeding the 30,000 unit commissioner mark for the first time ever, with a total of 30,349.
- Provided key unit service components in both the New-Unit Retention Guide and Strengthening Organizations through Scouting manuals, with a focus on implementation of the role of the new-unit commissioner and unit Key 3 concepts.
- Developed a Commissioner Award of Service progress award and knot for recognizing all commissioner serving units for youth and unit retention.
- Increased the number of councils utilizing the Unit Visit Tracking System. In 2010, 52,657 visits were entered in UVTS, but in 2011, we saw a substantial increase—with 260,789 visits entered. All councils are engaged in using the system.
- Helped launch the Journey to Excellence measurement performance program.
- Increased the commissioner-to-unit ratio to 3.7.
- Updated the commissioner website and online resources.
- Recruited a first-time national commissioner service roundtable chair to coordinate a nationwide roundtable study on the effectiveness of our programs.
- Provided a new College of Commissioner Science course syllabus at Philmont Training Center.
- Introduced a commissioner service best methods website.
In 2012, we are excited and committed to continue helping units succeed on their Journey to Excellence requirements, with its continuous improvement performance recognition program of Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Did you notice JTE 2012 has featured some new requirements, and even a fitness requirement for each unit? That’s awesome! You can find them in the 2012 Journey to Excellence Requirement Changes article.
We also play an important role in the promotion of the BeAScout program to support youth and their parents to join existing units, the Voice of the Scout program to receive feedback from parents and Scouts on how our programs are doing, and the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.
Yes, 2011 was a great year for unit service and, with your continued support, 2012 will be even better.
Thanks for all you do for unit service. You truly make a difference.