National Level Training Events

The National Commissioner Service Team conducts several live national level training events each year. These events help equip commissioners to be successful in their local councils and districts. The team uses proven adult learning techniques to maximize the effectiveness of these events.

Weeklong Conferences

Weeklong conferences give commissioners the opportunity to take a deep dive on important unit service topics. These sessions are conducted at various national high adventure bases. In addition to quality material delivered by highly qualified faculty, conference participants can network with the National Commissioner, members of the National Commissioner Service Team, and each other.


Philmont Training Center

The national commissioner conferences that take place each summer at the Philmont Training Center near Cimarron, New Mexico, offer commissioners:

  • A mountaintop training conference with a top-flight faculty
  • The inspiring ambiance of a big sky sunset over a working ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
  • Family programs for all age groups from nursery through adult so the whole family benefits
  • Recreation and personal time in an area rich in history and natural beauty
  • A week of Scouting fellowship

Commissioner Week 2020 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Save the date for Commissioner Week 2021
June 6-12, 2021
Registration will open later this year.

Impact Sessions

Impact Sessions are weekend training events that are conducted across the country.  These sessions cover relevant topics and are great networking opportunities. Sessions usually start on Friday evening and conclude midday on Sunday. There are typically four Impact Sessions offered each year, one in each BSA region.

NOTE: The 2020 schedule is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Virtual Impact Sessions

This is a new offering!

Virtual Impact Sessions are monthly 2 hour live online training events. They provide a laser focused session on a relevant topic for commissioners. The sessions will generally start at 1:00 pm EASTERN time . Participation is limited to 30 people. See below for details:

Date Topic Registration Link
Jul 25, 2020 Effective Commissioners: “The Right Stuff” Session Complete
Aug 15, 2020 Recruiting for Diversity: “Including All of Our Friends” Session Complete
Sep 19, 2020 Inside Recruiting:  A Menu to Getting the Scouters 2020 Virtual Impact Session – Inside Recruiting:  A Menu to Getting the Scouters
Oct 17, 2020 Elements of a Successful Retention Plan 2020 Virtual Impact Session – Elements of a Successful Retention Plan
Nov 14, 2020 The New Member Coordinator 2020 Virtual Impact Session – The New Member Coordinator
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