Philmont Training Center—2015 Commissioners Week and Week 8
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Commissioners Week at the
Philmont Training Center was
Week 2: June 15–21. A unit
commissioner conference was
also offered during Week 8:
July 26–August 1. The summer
of 2015 was probably one
of the wettest on record for
northern New Mexico and
cottonwood trees were in full
bloom—at least during Week 2.
As the photos below show, it
looked like it snowed in June!
The entire ranch was the
greenest it has been in well over
10 years and the entire area was
Darlene Sprague and Steve Swain
We had another outstanding week of conferences
this year. Special thanks to our excellent faculty. The
Council Commissioner was taught by Larry Chase,
Miriam Olynick, and Charles A. Morgan III. District
Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner was taught by Dave Fornadel, Dave Lown, and Rick
Hillenbrand. The Unit Commissioner faculty was
Steve Swain and Darlene Sprague. Effective
Roundtables was conducted by George Costigan
and Emily Campbell. Advanced Leadership Skills
for Administrative Commissioners was taught by
Bob Johnston, James D. Libbin, Joe Domino, and Tom
Hunsaker. The Week 8 Unit Commissioner conference
faculty was Kresha Alvarado and Kandra Dickerson.
The attendance for the 2015 conference is listed below:
|Week 2: June 15-21
|Advanced Leadership Skills for
|The Council Commissioner
|District Commissioner and
Assistant District Commissioner
|The Unit Commissioner
|Week 8: July 26–August 1
|The Unit Commissioner
This year we also had a most extraordinary event. The
Effective Roundtables conference participants put into
practice what they learned and conducted a roundtable
for the councils around the Philmont area. The more
than 80 attendees who came to find out what a model
roundtable was all about included five people from the
Great Southwest Council who came out to Philmont to
attend and three Philmont Scout Ranch staff members.
Attendees loved having the opportunity to see how the
different programs split up and covered their programspecific
material, and were eager to take back what they
saw to their home districts and councils. This was the first
time ever that a PTC conference held a roundtable that
was open to the neighboring councils.
Tico Perez and Emily Campbell
Another change this year
was that the last 45 minutes
of each day was used for
On Monday Darlene Sprague
led a session on “Why All
the Changes?” Tuesday Rick
Hillenbrand gave an update on
Commissioner Tools and Larry
Chase discussed the new Unit
Service Plan. Thursday Bob
Johnston asked about “aha!” moments and facilitated
open discussion. Friday Tim Acree continued the “aha!”
moments discussion and gave a brief overview of the
new learning management system. All sessions allowed
for interaction and open discussion. Due to the positive
response, this concept will likely be continued next year.
A new conference titled Advanced Leadership Skills
for Administrative Commissioners was offered this year.
A special thanks to the faculty—Bob Johnston, James D.
Libbin, Joe Domino, and Tom Hunsaker—who were asked
to teach this conference after the unfortunate passing
of Johnny Cain, who was to be the lead instructor. They
did a phenomenal job of recovering and leading the
conference with a very short lead time. The well-received
conference covered a number of leadership skills that can
be applied to commissioner service, such as relationship
building, coaching, and mentoring. To further enhance
your leadership skills, plan to attend this course in 2016.
Tim Acree speaking at the end-of-day conference
Consider attending nationallevel
in 2016 and you will be glad
you did! Every district and
council deserves a welltrained
Commissioners Week at the
Philmont Training Center for
2016 will again be Week 2,
which is June 12–18.
Week 11, which is August
14–20, will feature a conference
titled Key Concepts of Commissioner Service in
Scouting’s Second Century, and it will be open to all
unit, roundtable, and administrative commissioners.
A new conference titled Delivering Commissioner
Service to Changing Communities will be offered,
which will focus on the changing demographics of
communities and how to provide commissioner service
to those communities. More units are being formed in
Scouting’s underserved markets and this conference
will discuss how to successfully deliver on the mission
of Scouting by better understanding the opportunity
and challenges that these new units face. Consider this
Of course all of the conferences offered in 2015 will
be offered in 2016. Click here to view the 2016 Philmont
Training Center brochure. For more information about
PTC, click here. Please consider making a personal
commitment to attend one of the conferences offered
next year. You will not be disappointed!
If you have any questions about commissioner training,
please contact Tim Acree, national commissioner support
staff chairman for training, at firstname.lastname@example.org.