Unit Commissioner Commissioning Ceremony


[Facing Audience]

The acceptance of a commission to provide effective service to Scouting units is one of the most important obligations accepted by a volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America. The issuance of a commission represents formal empowerment by the Boy Scouts of America to perform the duties and undertake the responsibilities of a designated commissioner position, and the acceptance of that obligation by the commissioner. We are privileged today to present commissions to volunteers who will undertake that obligation.

[Facing Candidates]

You have been duly selected, oriented, and trained to serve as a unit commissioner in the Boy Scouts of America. You have undertaken a leadership role in your district to help units better serve more youth through Scouting. You will succeed only when the units you serve succeed.

Let me now ask you three questions. Please raise your hands in the Scout sign.

  1. Do you promise, by example in your daily life, to make the Scout Oath and Law a vital force in the lives of the youth and adults you serve? If so, say, “I do.”
  2. [Candidates: “I do”]

  3. Do you promise to help make the program of the units you serve the best that can be given, rich in fun and adventure for youth and full of opportunities for their personal growth and service to others in the community? If so, say, “I do.”
  4. [Candidates: “I do”]

  5. Will you commit yourself to:
  • Supporting unit growth through the Journey to Excellence,
  • Contacting units and capturing their strengths and needs in commissioner Tools,
  • Linking unit needs to district operating committee resources, and
  • Supporting timely charter renewal?

If so, say, “I will.”

[Candidates: “I will”]

It is now my privilege and honor, on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, to present your commissions.