Commissioner Week at Philmont June 23–29

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Commissioner Week at the Philmont Training Center is Week 3, June 23–29. You should have received a personal invitation from National Commissioner Tico Perez to attend the PTC during this fantastic week. At PTC you will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with Scouters from across America.

The conference faculty is composed of some of the most talented and skilled commissioners in Scouting. This year five courses will focus on commissioner service:

The Council Commissioner

The Council Commissioner conference is being taught by faculty members Larry Chase and Gail Plucker. This conference is primarily for council commissioners and assistant council commissioners. Larry is the council commissioner for the Atlanta Area Council and is the author of the course. Larry will be assisted by Gail, who is an assistant council commissioner from the Middle Tennessee Council. This will be the fourth time the conference has been offered at Philmont.

District Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner Training

This is a brand new conference being taught by faculty members Randy Corgan and Betsy Huddleston. Randy and Betsy are revising the Administration of Commissioner Service course to change the focus to address the roles of the district commissioner and assistant district commissioner. Randy, an area commissioner in the Central Region, is from the Dan Beard Council, and Betsy is an assistant district commissioner in the Middle Tennessee Council. Both Randy and Betsy have been instructors previously at the Philmont Training Center.

The Unit Commissioner

The faculty for this course are Dave Fornadel and Kandra Dickerson. Dave was responsible for the creation of this conference three years ago and has taught it at Sea Base and the Philmont Training Center. Kandra is from the Mid-Iowa Council and has been an area commissioner in the Central Region for the last two years. For the past five years, she has helped commissioners become proficient at supporting unit Scoutmasters. As the name implies, this course is for all unit commissioners.

Effective Roundtables

Good unit service also includes conducting an effective district roundtable. George Costigan and Dave Lyons will be the faculty for the course. If you are interested in or involved with roundtables at the council or district level, this conference is for you. Both faculty members have been involved in conducting roundtables for many years. Dave is from the Southern New Jersey Council and has been a roundtable commissioner since 1999. Dave is also the publisher of Baloo’s Bugle. George is from the National Capital Area Council and also has years of roundtable experience.

How to Conduct a Commissioner College

This year the conference will be led by Terry Chapman and Jeff McKinney. Terry and Jeff were both on faculty for this conference last year. Jeff is an area commissioner in the Northeast Region and has been a dean of the Area Commissioner College for 12 years. Jeff also serves as vice president of district operations for the Baden-Powell Council and is a member of the BSA’s National Council. Terry is from the Heart of America Council and has been a dean of the Commissioner College for the last five years. Prior to serving as dean, he was the dean of the masters program for five years and the dean of the bachelor program for three years. The first two days of the conference will be instructional. Then the students must work together to conduct a Commissioner College on Friday for the students in the other four commissioner courses. This experience gives the students the confidence to return to their home council and feel comfortable conducting a College of Commissioner Science.

There are some special activities for commissioners during the week. And as we have done for the past four years, the PTC Commissioner College will be held on Friday. Plan to attend and you will not be disappointed.

For more information, see the Philmont Training Center flier.

If you have any questions about the Philmont Training Center, please contact Tim Acree at