November Commissioner Packet

Hello Commissioners:

Tonight we will meet by conference call at 6:30 PM. Just dial 913-213-1946 and you will be joined to the call.

I have heard from Jim Nicholson, Phil Hudon and a couple others that they will not be able to make it. If you can not make it tonight, please call me sometime in the next couple days so we can talk to make sure we are on the same page. My personal cell phone is 913-209-3936.

Below you will find the detailed commissioner handouts for November 2018.

First, thanks to Matt Thoman, Dan O’Keefe, Marshall Hollingsworth and Harry Moyer for their help preparing popcorn to be distributed today. Congratulations to Harry for being the latest Commissioner to receive the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award. He received that award at Roundtable.

Also, I saw Joe Ogilvie performing an important civic duty as the assistant supervising judge in my polling place on Tuesday. Thanks for doing that Joe.

Here’s the packet:

November Training Topic – Nick Badgerow, the Duties of a Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America: Commissioner Training November 2018 – 5 Duties

Youth Protection Training – R.J. Wilson, we are at about 61% as a district of having our Key leaders trained. Here is the spreadsheet of everyone who is trained (marked Yes) and everyone who is not trained (marked No.) Please reach out to the people you know and the Units you serve. ST YPT 2018-10-26

Rechartering:  – Scott Tener and Matthew Thoman. Many packets were handed out at Roundtable. Matt and Jenna have arranged for the remainder to be handed out in person. Scott is tracking where people are in the process. Rechartering support is one of our main duties. You can see that document here:


Journey to Excellence: JTE forms are due back to the District Staff no later than December 31. If the form comes in after that it does not count for our District JTE. Please sit down with your Units or ask them to fill in their JTE form before the end of the year. Each Unit is receiving their JTE form with their rechartering Packet. This is one of our main duties.

Guidance on Scouts BSA and the addition of girls to Packs and New Troops. Jenna forwarded the document I sent to you the other day in an email. I wanted to include it here so you can be sure to make your Units aware of the guidance. Here is the document:Heart of America Council – Scouts BSA Implementation Guidelines

Detailed Assessments: I appreciate all of you who have worked hard to complete detailed assessments this year. I know we will achieve Gold JTE status. I have 7 of my 20 Units which have agreed to assessments and I know more will come along.  Please make sure all of your units have a detailed and five simples before the end of the year.

I have tried a new tool to get Key Three members to complete a detailed assessments. You can see the files here, but please do not take the assessment:

Committee Chairman Self Assessment Form // Chartered Organization Representative Self Assessment Form // Unit Leader Self Assessment Form

You are welcome to use these forms for your Units and I will be happy to send you the assessment replies or even enter in the assessment for you. They should work for Crews, Troops and Packs.

Commissioner Tools Down: Today as I was preparing to send you our updated statistics for assessments and RT attendance I noticed that my.scouting was being updated. It looks like the site has updated but the reports and tools are not available at the moment. I suspect that it will be fixed later today. When it is fixed I will send you that big spreadsheet showing the health of your units. Hopefully…the update will give us more insight into how your Units are doing. Right now, when you enter in an assessment, I receive no feedback from the system. In order to know something is wrong at the Unit level I rely on you to tell me. I have asked specifically for this to change in the updated Commissioner Tools. We shall see.

A personal note on how I am working to remain focused: There are a lot of things that will pull us in many directions. I am really trying to keep my focus on:

  • Youth Protection Training,
  • Rechartering, and
  • Detailed and Simple Assessments.
  • JTE Completion

In addition, we are fortunate to have some great help to complete our other functions:

  • Alan, Anne, Harry and David and their staff are really focused on making Roundtable work for our leaders.
  • Frank will make sure that our Tiger and Lion Dens are getting what they need to be successful.
  • John will make sure you are all trained and earning the awards you are due.

Packets for your Units: Tomorrow, before I head for popcorn, I will try to get a Unit Packet put together for you that you can send out to your Packs, Troops and Crews. It will likely be a page on this site and it will be simple and focused on the objectives Nick will talk about tonight and the focus I hope we can keep.

Dates to Keep in Mind:

December 6, 2018 – Roundtable, Shawnee United Methodist Church. The plan in Boy Scout RT is to have everyone bring holiday snacks to share and to have a true white elephant gift exchange. Spontaneous caroling may occur.

December 13, 2018 – Shawnee Trails Holiday Party. 6-8 PM. Place to be announced.

January 3, 2019 – January Roundtable, 7PM, Shawnee United Methodist.

January 8, 2019 – Recharter Turn In for all Shawnee Trails Units. 6-8 PM. Atonement Lutheran.

January 10, 2019 – Commissioner’s Meeting. I will need someone to help me with this meeting because the Wood Badge post course meeting is scheduled the same night.




Author: RJ Wilson

Improving Scouting in the Kansas City area on volunteer at a time.