National Commissioner Minute

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Tico Perez
Tico Perez
National Commissioner


My fellow commissioners,

It truly takes an entire district to support a unit. Although our commissioner corps provides direct service to units, adds visits in the Unit Visit Tracking System (UVTS), and helps units succeed in their continuous improvement for earning the Bronze, Silver, or Gold performance award in Journey to Excellence (JTE), we cannot do it alone. We also need to call on the district committee as subject matter experts to support unit program needs. The district committee should be your key resource for such specialty areas as training, advancement, camping, and finance. In our best districts, the district commissioner shares a unit’s needs as identified by the unit commissioner, and the district chair or his or her designate assigns the appropriate program specialist to assist the unit commissioner in serving the unit’s needs. If we work together as a team—the unit commissioner, the district administrative commissioners, the district chair, and the district’s subject matter specialists—we can help a unit achieve the key performance characteristics outlined in Journey to Excellence.  We are the best team to recruit new commissioners.

The district Key 3 plays a major role in selecting, recruiting, training, and recognizing qualified volunteers to serve units in local councils. The commissioner corps should support the Key 3’s efforts to identify and introduce new volunteers who can provide needed depth and expertise to the district committee. Every volunteer who is recruited for the district committee is a resource that a unit commissioner can link to the unit in support of the unit’s needs.

There are exciting times ahead for the commissioner corps in 2012.

  • Philmont Training Center is offering a record number of commissioner training courses this summer. Details are contained in the newsletter and on the national website.
  • The opening of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve and the 2013 National Scout Jamboree is only a year away. This history-making event should be experienced by your unit youth. Don’t forget your staff application.
  • UVTS usage continues to grow at an exponential rate, and we are getting a better grasp of unit health and needs.
  • Updated College of Commissioner Science curricula are being prepared and will be available soon.
  • Revised commissioner basic training for unit commissioners, district commissioners, and assistant district commissioners will be available this quarter.
  • Commissioners are playing an increasingly important role in Journey to Excellence and Voice of the Scout.

Get Registered as a Commissioner

Serving as commissioner is truly an honor. Please check with your district executive and local council registrar to make sure your BSA registration is current. If you also serve in a unit, make sure you are multiple registered with your position codes: unit commissioner = 80; district commissioner = 81; assistant district commissioner = 82; assistant council commissioner = 16; council commissioner = 15; roundtable commissioner = 83; roundtable staff = 84. Your registration status will ensure that you have continued access to UVTS and are able to add visits.

Thank you all for the service you provide to youth in your local councils.