National Commissioner Minute
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My fellow commissioners,
Our fundamental mission as commissioners remains the
same—visit units and work together to ensure that the youth
in every community experience a Scouting program that will
change their lives. If we just do Four Things, we will continue
to increase our unit retention rates and, more importantly,
reinforce the delivery of a quality program in every unit that
will keep our youth in Scouting for years to come.
What are those Four Things? First, help guide a
unit to increase its Journey to Excellence scores. We
know that the elements of JTE are the same elements
that represent the best components of successful unit
programs. Second, visit all of our units and record their
needs in the new Commissioner Tools. Third, use the
tools to communicate the needs of the unit to the expert
resources of the district committee, so together we can improve
unit quality. Finally, help with the on-time charter renewal of the
unit so we can continue to serve more youth. That’s it—Four
Things. But if we collectively focus on these four elements, we
will continue to see Scouting serve and retain more youth.
Week 2, June 15–21, will mark this year’s edition of
Commissioner Week at Philmont Training Center. Once again,
we are setting registration records, but we still have room for
you and your family to have a truly unique training and vacation
experience. We have assembled the best faculty in the country,
and most of the Commissioner Service Task Force will be in
attendance. The task force will be prepared to share information
and, more importantly, to listen to you and learn together how
we can serve more youth. Of particular interest this year is a
new offering, titled “Commissioner Service for Non-Traditional
or Faith-Based Units.” Non-traditional units are those that
involve underserved communities or minority groups.
This will also be the final year, at least for the near term,
of the PTC Commissioner College, where we follow a unique
program of four days of classes in your selected course, and
then you take Commissioner College courses on Friday toward
your Commissioner College degree. The Philmont Training
Center is our national training center, and with these kinds of
offerings, the other commissioners and I hope that you will join
us for this special time.
Thank you for all you do every day to make Scouting
possible for so many youth. Your dedication and talent are an
inspiration to me.