Why Use Commissioner Tools?
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National Commissioner Service Recruiting and Retention Chair
Commissioner Tools was developed to enable commissioners
to provide unit service quicker and more efficiently. While the
data from UVTS will be retained, UVTS will no longer be available
to councils once they convert to Commissioner Tools.
The mission of unit service is to help units better serve more
youth through Scouting. To accomplish that, commissioners
must accomplish four objectives:
- Support unit growth through the Journey to Excellence.
- Contact units and capture their strengths and needs in
- Link unit needs to district operating committee
- Support timely charter renewal.
Commissioner Tools was designed to help
commissioners fulfill their mission by providing benefits
in four areas:
1. Enabling easy access to actionable
Commissioners, in real time, will use dashboards to view
summary information about a unit’s membership, the status
of its leaders’ Youth Protection and position-specific training,
their participation in district roundtables, and the unit’s current
needs and opportunities to improve performance. As additional
my.Scouting Tools are released (such as Advancement and
Charter Renewal), commissioners will also have direct access
to that information.
2. Enabling improved focus on their primary objectives
Commissioners will be able to work together with a unit’s
Key 3 to develop a Unit Service Plan: an assessment of the
unit’s strengths and needs and a prioritized list of action items,
including accountability and target dates for completion.
Completion of those tasks will enable continuous improvement
in planning and budget, membership, program, and volunteer
leadership. Through ongoing unit contacts, commissioners will
be able to identify unit needs and capture periodic updates of
the collaborative assessment of unit health and ensure the plan
for improvement is moving forward.
3. Supporting roundtable administration and promotion
Roundtable commissioners will be able to publish dates
of upcoming roundtables, agendas, and unit participation
information, and note key developments. That will enable unit
commissioners to effectively promote participation.
4. Supporting commissioner administration
Administrative commissioners will be able to assign unit
commissioners and identify their training needs, and identify
units that need a commissioner assigned. They will also be
able to identify newly formed units so they can be assigned a
dedicated new-unit commissioner.
Reports will be available online and can be downloaded in
All of Commissioner Tools’ benefits are available to all
district and council commissioned professionals. They, too,
are encouraged to become familiar with it and use it to support
volunteers more effectively.
Simply stated, Commissioner Tools is a better way to:
- Improve the retention rate of traditional units.
- Support implementation of the Unit Service Plan
through detailed assessments and an increased
number of significant unit contacts.
- Improve the performance rating of units using
Journey to Excellence metrics.