News for Commissioners

News for Commissioners_01.25.2021

Bachelor’s College of Commissioner Science Courses Updated

The Bachelors of Commissioner Science Curriculum has been updated. Check out the new materials at https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/training/college-of-commissioner-science/bachelors-courses/

Previous courses have been archived for a limited time.

 

News for Commissioners_01.08.2021

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Merit Badge

The introduction of the proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is being delayed to allow for the careful consideration and evaluation of feedback.

Until further notice, all Scouts working on the Eagle Scout rank should continue to use current rank requirements. Once the Eagle-required Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is introduced, Scouts in the process of earning the rank of Eagle Scout will be given adequate time to earn it. Updates regarding the merit badge will be shared with councils directly and via Scoutingwire.

Proposed Eagle Scout Required Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Merit Badge Delayed | Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org)

 

News for Commissioners_01.06.2021

Revisions to the COVID – 19 FAQ

Revisions to the COVID – 19 FAQ were made on January 5, 2021.  The revisions are marked with a diamond in front of the question. You can access the document with this link:  COVID-19 FAQ | Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org)

 

News for Commissioners_12.09.2020

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 is the single greatest barrier to serving youth through Scouting that unit leaders face today. Our national service center staff has done good work developing information about how to cope with COVID. All Scouting is local and our professionals and volunteers in our councils have been equally creative in developing new program delivery methods that enable Scouting to continue. All of that information is available on the internet, but it is scattered across a variety of websites and pages.

Commissioners now have a single webpage that provides direct links to information on how to keep on Scouting while COVID-19 continues to limit normal activities. COVID-19 Resources page will continue to be updated as additional information becomes available.

A link to this new resource is prominently displayed at the top left of the commissioner website landing page. It is the latest step in our continuing efforts to make the site a commissioner’s single best source of information about serving units. If you have suggestions for other improvements, please let us know. Send your recommendations to commissionerserviceteam@scouting.org.

 

News for Commissioners_11.23.2020

Delivering a Virtual Commissioner College – Practical Considerations Virtual Impact Session

We’ve been in a virtual mode for quite some time. We have learned a lot about delivering learning through virtual means. We will share some of what we learned at the Delivering a Virtual Commissioner College – Practical Considerations Virtual Impact Session on January 23, 2021. Register here

 

News for Commissioners_11.20.2020

Take your unit service to the next level in the most beautiful setting, Philmont, June 6 – 20, 2021. We look forward to meeting you as we deliver eight commissioner conferences. Two of the conferences are Leveraging Roundtable in Unit Service, Serving all units – Working with Venturing Crews, Sea Scout Ships and Explorer Posts.

Registration is open now at 2021 Philmont Training Center

 

News for Commissioners_11.19.2020

ROUNDTABLE NEWS AND DISCUSSION GROUP FORMED
Good morning scouters. We are pleased to announce a new group, supported by the National Commissioner Service Team, for Roundtables. When Roundtable is successful, scouts win. When Roundtable is completely integrated into unit service, unit leaders win. When commissioners come together in a new group to discuss how to make local roundtables better, everybody wins. If you are a commissioner who wants roundtables to improve in any way or wants to learn how to better incorporate roundtable into unit service, please join the Roundtable News and Discussion Facebook Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/998658400617717/

 

News for Commissioners_10.21.2020

Youth Protection Training problems have been resolved

As reported by many over the last few weeks, the Learning Management System had several issues with properly crediting individuals who retook their YPT.  These have now been fixed.  If you have taken YPT recently and the completion date does not reflect the new date, go back into your My Training (Not Training Manager) and you will see a ‘widget’ which you can click on to update your records overnight.  Note: To have your YPT reflect a new date, you must complete ALL FOUR modules (including passing the Module 4 test).  This widget will only be available for about 30 days.

 

News for Commissioners_10.19.2020

The Unit Performance Guide has been revised and is now called the Unit Roadmap. The development of the Unit Roadmap is a good example of our “simple and unified” efforts – we worked collaboratively with membership volunteers and professionals to produce a reference tool that is more concise and makes it easier to access key information.

The purpose of the Unit Roadmap is to help simplify the tasks for having successful units. BSA professionals, charter organizations and volunteers work together to foster the unit through different phases a Scout unit might be experiencing. The Unit Roadmap should be laid out to address the 3 phases of long-term unit success: starting, sustaining and growing.

This guide is intended to be a centralized source that will be found in an online version for quick reference for both BSA professionals and volunteers to access. Many resources are already available to support units and can be referenced through links to these documents. The guide should serve as easy, overarching tips to start, sustain and grow units. …this is a good example of our “simple and unified” efforts – we worked collaboratively with membership volunteers and professionals to produce a reference tool that is more concise and makes it easier to access key information.

The Unit Roadmap can be found at the Commissioner website on the Commissioner Manuals and Resources page, and also on the Starting, Sustaining and Growing Units page.

 

News for Commissioners_10.16.2020

Six steps you can do right now to help families return to scouting.

Many scouters are missing the in-person experiences of scouting.  Be sure that you are doing all that you can do to help deliver the promise of scouting during COVID.  Here are six steps you can take.  I think that number two should be done with every unit.

The Steps You Can Take Right Now to Help You Return to Scouting Activities – Scouting Wire

 

News for Commissioners_09.17.2020

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) is the BSA aspirational planning, performance and recognition program designed to encourage and reward success of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence and continuous improvement in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

 Many unit leaders have found JTE metrics to be an effective continuous improvement tool. As previously announced, changes were made to 2020 objectives to reflect the impact of COVID 19. For this reason, the unit JTE recognition program will continue, however, the district and council level JTE recognition will be discontinued for 2020 and 2021. JTE at the unit level will continue, and recognition patches will continue to be available for units and their members.

 Unit Recognition

Revised unit criteria, due to the pandemic, is available at https://www.scouting.org/awards/journey-to-excellence/unit/2020-scorecards-english/. The criteria intentionally provides units a great deal of latitude due to the significant variability of programming due to local pandemic regulations.

 2021 unit scorecards are available at Unit | Boy Scouts of America.

Journey to Excellence for districts and councils represents data which is important to help districts and councils deliver a quality program.   A new membership reporting tool is under development to aid districts and councils with key membership data including gender and ethnic diversity. You will soon hear more about this.

 Unfortunately, the council and district JTE dashboard (dials) and finish line report require substantial manual compilation and data management each month. With the significant reduction in staff at the BSA national service center, the staff support necessary to keep the dashboard current is simply not available.  Consequently, it is necessary to decommission the JTE dashboard and finish line report effective September 18. 

 We suggest that even if JTE recognition is not available, the JTE standards for districts and councils still represent a vision of good Scouting and can be used in strategic planning.

We will be considering what assessment and/or recognition system will be most helpful to councils and districts for 2022 and beyond.   It is very premature to speculate on what that might be. Questions can be directed to jte@scouting.org.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting and for your support of the Journey to Excellence program.

 

News for Commissioners_08.27.2020

ROUNDTABLE SUPPORT PAGE RESOURCES EXPANDED

Resources to support the planning and delivery of virtual (and in-person) roundtables continue to be expanded. Check out the latest on our Roundtable Support page, including:

  • Frequently Asked Questions: A variety of questions have been asked during recent webinars and in emails sent to the national commissioner service team. Typical questions, and answers to them, are available and will continue to be added as new ones are received.
  • Planning Resources:
    • Additional videos to support openings, including requested countdown-to-start videos, are now available
    • Safety Moments through December 2020 have been posted
    • Cub Scout and Scouts BSA breakout materials are being added as soon as they are completed
    • Additional videos to support closings have been added
    • The length of all videos is now displayed in addition to their topic

Periodic notices of updates will continue to be posted through a variety of commissioner communication channels, but make a habit of checking our Roundtable Support page regularly to have the most current resources available to plan and deliver roundtables that will support the unit leaders we serve.

 

News for Commissioners_08.21.2020

ROUNDTABLE CONTENT UPDATE

Our local districts have provided positive, valuable feedback on the recommended content for August roundtables developed collaboratively by our national Cub Scout and Scouts BSA program committees and national service center staff. Development of content for September is nearly complete and work has started on October. The need to provide roundtable commissioners with advance notice of content topics and finalized materials as soon as possible is understood.

Current content plans for the remainder of 2020 include:

  • Safety Moments
    • September Code of Conduct
    • October Digital Safety & Online Scouting Activities
    • November Winter Sports
    • December Is It Scouting?
  • Cub Scout Breakouts
    • September In-Person Recruiting Events During Pandemic
    • October First Impressions of Your Pack (NMC)
    • November Keeping Your Cub Scouts Having Fun
    • December Pinewood Derby Hacks
  • Scouts BSA Breakouts
    • September Recruiting in the Time of Pandemic
    • October How to Conduct Virtual/Socially Distanced Ceremonies
    • November Getting Back to the Outdoors
    • December Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Merit Badge

Announcement of Hot Topics, by their nature, will have shorter lead times. The goal for that segment of roundtables is to share information that requires immediate action by volunteers. Hot Topic content will be posted in the appropriate month’s folder on our Roundtable Support webpage as soon as it is available.

 

News for Commissioners_07.31.2020

Take Family Fun Fest up to the next level! Follow up with your units and ask them to Share, post and boost Family Fun Fest on your council social media channels. Use the hashtag #FamFunFest in order to use These fun, interactive, online events are an ‘open house’ for Scouting. Learn how to do this at
https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Family-Fun-Fest-Activation-7-2020.pdf

 

News for Commissioners_07.30.2020

A Call to Action for All Commissioners

We’re committed to getting you the information you need – quickly – to provide great support to our unit leaders and the youth they serve.

Just three things:

  1. The Commissioner is now published quarterly; the next issue will be out shortly. Once again, it will provide a lot of good information, including two articles that set the stage for our work over the next year. Scott Sorrels, your national commissioner, wrote the first; Larry Chase, your national service team chair, wrote the second. They speak to both the present and the future, to what we must do today and the impact that will have on Scouting and the youth we serve. Both messages are important to your work as commissioners:
  2. We hear you: many of our units have done their best to keep on Scouting – virtually. Others, and particularly our Cub Scout packs, need more support; they need resources to help them plan how to keep on Scouting in today’s socially distanced environment. Family Fun Fest will help provide those resources. Use this link to learn more about Family Fun Fest:
  3. A Call to Action: forward a link to this news item to the unit leaders you serve. Time is short; do it now. It will give them access to information about Family Fun Fest, which will provide them with resources to help them serve youth. In addition, they’ll also be able to read the two newsletter articles, which speak to our commitment to support them – and you – as we work together to deliver the promise of Scouting.

Thank you for all you do to serve youth through Scouting!

 

News for Commissioners_07.27.2020

Chris Beaver Joins National Commissioner Service Team as Chair for Roundtables

Christopher Beaver has taken on the role of Roundtable Chair for the National Commissioner Service team. He began his Scouting experience in 1987 as a Bear Cub in the Atlanta Area Council and continued through the program until age 18, joining the Chilantakoba Lodge of the Order of the Arrow in the New Orleans Area Council.

After moving to Wisconsin for graduate school, Christopher became Scoutmaster of Madison Troop 29, a role he held for five years. He has also served as District Vice-Chair for Membership, Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Unit Commissioner, District and Assistant District Commissioner, and currently serves as Assistant Council Commissioner for Training for the Glacier’s Edge Council in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2018, Christopher served as course director for Wood Badge C7-620-18 and was presented the Silver Beaver in same year. He completed work for his doctorate of commissioner science in Atlanta in 2019.

Christopher is honored to join the National Commissioner Service Team and looks forward to advancing virtual roundtables.

 

News for Commissioners_07.22.2020

Transforming Roundtable Webinar 7.15.2020

What does it look like and why is it important?  This is the recorded session from July 15, 2020 with all commissioners.

Webinar
Powerpoint

 

News for Commissioners_07.17.2020

Colleges of Commissioner Science across the country

Have you checked out the Colleges of Commissioner Science that are being offered across the country and virtually?  Puerto Rico is even offering a virtual Spanish College of Commissioner Science in August.

https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/training/colleges/

 

News for Commissioners_07.15.2020

2021 National Jamboree Postponed

Communication from the 2021 Jamboree Leadership:  It is with great disappointment we inform you that the 2021 National Jamboree has been postponed. As a committed member of our staff, we wanted you to hear this news from us directly.

We thank you for your cheerful service for volunteering to be part of the 2021 National Scout Jamboree. We cannot thank you enough for your willingness to serve our movement as the BSA needs your continued support and active participation as we Face the Challenge.

The unpredictability of the pandemic and its impact on local councils, which are key to the success of any Jamboree, are the two main reasons for this difficult decision.

The Boy Scouts of America is committed to the safety of all youth in our programs. Planning, preparations, and decisions regarding National Jamborees take place months, and even years, in advance. The unresolved issues surrounding the pandemic make it exceedingly difficult to plan and prepare for a premiere event of this size in a way that continues to keep the safety of Scouts, volunteers, staff, and communities at the forefront.

We know this decision brings many questions about your role and the future of the Jamboree. To assist, we have compiled a FAQ at jamboree.scouting.org which will be updated as decisions are made and as more information becomes available. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to email them to 2021Jamboree@scouting.org.

Like you, we are disappointed that we will not be able to hold the National Jamboree next summer, but we know this is the right decision. We are grateful for your commitment to the Jamboree thus far and for understanding this extremely difficult choice. We are strongly committed to ensuring that this once-in-a-lifetime experience returns to the Summit Bechtel Reserve as soon as possible.

Yours in Scouting,

Dr. Glenn Ault Daniel Busby Al Lambert
Jamboree Chairman Jamboree Director ASCE, Outdoor Programs

 

News for Commissioners_07.09.2020

The Linked-Troop Webinar recording is now being shared.  Commissioners with linked troops should watch this webinar and share it with their linked units.  Commissioner Webinar 6.2.20

2020 – Virtual Impact Sessions announced 

You told us that you wanted National-Level Impact Sessions that were more available to commissioners throughout the country. We heard you and took action. The result is what we call Virtual Impact Sessions.

Virtual Impact Sessions are 2 hour live online training events. They provide a laser focused session on a relevant topic. Participation is limited to 30 people and are scheduled monthly (except June and December).

You can register at: https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/training/national/

The current topics scheduled are:

Effective Commissioners: “The Right Stuff”

Recruiting for Diversity: “Including All of Our Friends”

Inside Recruiting: A Menu to Getting the Scouters
Elements of a Successful Retention Plan
The New Member Coordinator

 

News for Commissioners_07.06.2020

Roundtables

Providing leaders with timely information on an ongoing basis is one of the best ways that we can support them – particularly in this time of change. Roundtable has been a primary vehicle for providing information to volunteers. We will present a webinar on July 15 at 8PM Eastern on Transforming Roundtables – What does it look like and why is it important? The agenda will be:

Why Virtual Roundtables?

Roundtable Opening

Roundtable Hot Topics

Roundtable Safety Moment

Roundtable Breakouts

Roundtable Closing

Networking in a Virtual Roundtable

Linking Needs in a Virtual Roundtable

Register Now for the July 15, 2020 8PM Eastern Time Webinar called Transforming Roundtables at:
https://scouting-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t6FHCYdKQ0qMKJ-bYYO5xQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We will have a Q & A at the end. Please submit your questions in advance to commissionerserviceteam@scouting.org

 

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