Recognizing Unit Service Can't Start Too Soon
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We often think of providing recognition to commissioners
for work done over a period of time. In fact, we can’t
start too soon to recognize the commitment and effort
of Scouters who understand the impact unit service can
have in enabling units to better serve more youth through
Scouting. Our revised recognitions for unit service are
designed to reinforce that.
Badge of Office
It’s a simple thing, but the badge of office worn by
a commissioner is an opportunity to provide timely
recognition to a Scouter who has committed to help
serve units. It can have impact when given in private and
be even more powerful when presented publicly. In either
case, it’s an opportunity to express appreciation and
remind everyone present why the commitment to serve
is important and the potential that commitment offers.
The requirements for a unit service badge of office
- A volunteer application of a unit service position has
been submitted and approved.
- A background check has been successfully completed.
- The Scouter holds a current certificate for Youth
While not a requirement, it is assumed that all
commissioners will complete position-specific basic
training as soon as possible.
Just as commissioners and professionals share a
unique design element of their badges of office—the
“wreath of service”—they also are the only individuals
who are commissioned by the Boy Scouts of America.
As a result, commissioning is another opportunity early
on to recognize and celebrate a Scouter’s commitment
to serve as a commissioner and to help units better serve
more youth through Scouting.
The requirements for commissioning are simple:
- The Scouter has been duly appointed to serve as a
commissioner (the requirements to receive and wear
a commissioner’s badge of office have been met).
- The Scouter has completed position-specific training.
- The Scouter has received an orientation (describing
responsibilities, what success will look like, what key
first steps are to be taken in this new role, etc.).
- The commission is for one year and must be
Commissioning ceremonies are a great opportunity to
recognize the commitments of individuals as well as the
commitment of an entire team to unit service. They can
be a powerful reminder of the importance of unit service
and the impact it can have upon the youth we serve