Questions from the Field
Many commissioners have been asking me when they will see changes made to UVTS, in both performance and functionality. The reality is that UVTS will not get any enhancements. It will ride off into the sunset as is. But the good news is a new tool is being created to help commissioners respond to their units. This new tool is being called the Commissioner Tools and will ride under the cover of the new my.Scouting Tools. The first release of this tool is slated for the first quarter of 2014. (See the related article in this newsletter.)
Asked and Answered
One of our commissioners asked, “In the Administration of Commissioner Service I read where it is highly recommended that a commissioner not take a leadership role in a unit. Can you guide me in where I might be able to find this?” A little while later she responded, “I have found the information I was looking for; the lower right-hand side of page 9 of the Administration of Commissioner Service. If you know of another area where this might be referenced, I would appreciate it if you would let me know.” Also included on page 9 is the following information related to this question:
Commissioners must not be registered as unit leaders.
Although some commissioners may be registered on a unit committee because they have a child in the unit or because of previous personal history in the unit, their principal Scouting obligation should be to commissioner responsibilities.
Please don’t assign unit commissioners to their own units or chartered organizations.
A commissioner needs an objective view as an arm of the district and council. Avoid potential conflicts of interest. Commissioners may be currently registered in only one commissioner position.
Please don’t ask units to provide their own commissioner.
Commissioners must be selected by the district on the basis of qualities needed to adequately represent the district and council.