Commissioner Training at Philmont

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Commissioner Week 2013

Week 3, June 23–29, was Commissioner Week at the Philmont Training Center. This year we had record attendance for the commissioner conferences. At the beginning of the year, National Commissioner Tico Perez sent personal invitations to every registered commissioner, and it sure made a difference inattendance! The attendance per course is listed below:




The Council Commissioner



District Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner Training



Effective Roundtables



How to Conduct a Commissioner College



The Unit Commissioner






Special thanks to our faculty. The Council Commissioner was taught by Larry Chase and Gail Plucker. District Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner Training was taught by Randy Corgan, Charles Bucklew, and Betsy Huddleston. Effective Roundtables was conducted by George Costigan and Dave Lyons. How to Conduct a Commissioner College was led by Terry Chapman, Jeff McKinney, and Tim Acree. The Unit Commissionerfaculty was Dave Fornadel and Kandra Dickerson.

The reviews for every conference were outstanding. For the rating of “Way above Average” the conference scores ranged from 62.5 percent to 91.7 percent. That means at least two-thirds of the participants in every conference thought their experiencewas way above average! Here are some of the comments:

“The overall experience was great. Excellent instructors, super opportunity to network with others in similar positions, and wonderful setting with a staff that went out of their way to makethe participants feel welcome and valued.”

“The training was top-notch and you can’t beat the setting! I also felt that the diversity and experience of the participants provided an additional benefit that can’t be found in localtraining sessions.”

“I got all the info I was looking for and the staff was outstanding. It was a great training experience, probably in thetop two BSA training courses that I have taken.”

Friday was the fourth annual PTC Commissioner College conducted by students in the How to Conduct a Commissioner College course. There were 45 bachelor’s degrees, 18 master’s degrees, and 56 certificates of attendance awarded to 147 students. Several other courses had their students participate in the college. Daniel Early, a very well-spoken Cub Scout from Pack 29 in Longview, East Texas Area Council, welcomed the commissioners to the college.

There was a special guest at graduation: National President Wayne Perry conferred degrees during the graduation ceremony. What a great college!


Commissioner Week 2014

Commissioner Week at the Philmont Training Center for 2014 will be Week 2, June 15–21. A new conference, Commissioner Service for Non-Traditional or Faith Based Units, will be offered. This course has been one of the most requested over the past several years. Of course, all of the conferences offered in 2013 will be offered again in 2014. Click here to see the Philmont flier.

For more information and to register, click here.

Please consider making a personal commitment to attend one of the conferences in 2014. You will not be disappointed!

If you have any questions about commissioner training, please contact Tim Acree, national commissioner service training chair, at