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.




Commissioner Packet – October 2018


Three Shawnee Trails Commissioners Honored for the Service to Units.
  • Commissioner Bob Baranek was recognized as being selected to be a Silver Beaver at the Council Level.
  • ADC for Awards and Training John Wiedenmann was recognized with his Arrowhead Honor. The requirements for which can be found here .
  • Bob Baranek and Commissioner John Rohrer were presented with the bolo tie, knot, certificate and plaque for being honored with the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award. They were nominated to receive this award. The requirements can be found here.
  • Former ADC Joe Allen was awarded the Distinguished Commissioner Award at Roundtable. He is moving to Florida for his retirement this week. We wished him well.
  • One additional Shawnee Trails Commissioner will be awarded the Distinguished Commissioner Award at the next Roundtable.


Here is the packet of information you can refer to for the October 2018 Commissioners Meeting.

Monthly Service Plans:

Monthly Service Plan for Unit Commissioners October

Monthly Service Plan for Unit Commissioners November and December

District Commissioner Minute – YPT:

October 2018 Commissioner Training Corrected Online ReCharter 2019


HOAC Recharter Training 2019 Powerpoint (1) 9.21.2018

October 2018 Commissioner Training Corrected Online ReCharter 2019

Detailed Assessment and Roundtable Attendance Spreadsheet:

October Unit Health Packet

Unit Update 9/1/18

The following is the September 1, 2018 update for all Unit Leaders in the Shawnee Trails District. Please disseminate widely.

Update for All Shawnee Trails Scouters

September 1, 2018 


Cortland Boles gave an update on recruitment. Shawnee Trails is leading the Council in recruitment for 2018 with 361 youth recruited. Shawnee Trails is 36 youth ahead of last year’s recruitment totals. The next closest recruiting district is Iron Horse with 242 youth recruited this year. Thank you Commissioners for your involvement with these packs. Now is the time to dig in with positive contacts so the Packs can have your insights and experience as they get the program year kicked off with enthusiasm and fun in mind. Below, you will see the recent guidance sent to school buildings with regard to our access to students:


Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts may post signs on school grounds advertising an after school information meeting, post flyers to PeachJar, and leave paper fliers to be distributed if schools have an organized system to distribute to students (i.e. Friday Folder, etc.). When outside groups want to invite students/parents to information sessions, they are to be scheduled outside of the school day. The principal may work with groups to schedule meetings after school, but all meetings after 5:00 must work through the district facilities process to reserve space.

Youth Protection Update:

Too many of our adult leaders have not completed their New Youth Protection Training. The specifics are included in the link. We have to do better at this! Please direct all leaders to make the final push in their Unit. This is important. 

Giant Push for YPT 2:

Training Changes for Direct Contact Leaders:

The U91 (Scouter Reserve) designation is being eliminated. All leaders who have direct contact with youth must be Position Specific Trained. This is a major change which will have rechartering implications. Please make certain that every direct contact leader is position specific trained. This is equally important. See the link below for more specifics. 

Direct Contact Training Changes:

University of Scouting:

Registration for the University of Scouting is now open. Lots of great training and program advice. Good for all leaders. 

University of Scouting Registration:


The camping committee formed a sub-committee to explore how girls in Scouts BSA would camp in 2019. The committee is still in process of coming up with a final recommendation. Reminder: Feb. 1 2019 is the kick off for the new Scouts BSA which includes both buy and girls in our scouting ranks. 

Unit Service Plans for September 2018:

  • Detailed Unit Assessments for Shawnee Trails Packs
  • Visit the Cub Scout Family Campout
  • Continue Fall Recruitment
  • Distribute the District Commissioner Minute

Here you can find the Monthly Service Plans


Roundtable occurs the first Thursday of every month at 7PM at Shawnee United Methodist Church

At September Roundtable:

  • Tribute to Patrick Rohrer
  • Popcorn update
  • Games to help teach youth leadership
  • Recruitment, Retention and Engaging New Leaders
  • YPT2 in-person training

At October Roundtable:

  • Starting to talk recharter
  • SPL Reception and Activities with their Scoutmasters
  • Den Chief Reception, new games and songs and how to work with adult Cub Leaders

August Commissioner Packet


District Meeting – August 9, 2018, 6:30 PM at Atonement Lutheran Church

Commissioner Meeting Packet


  • Commissioner Meeting Agenda
  • August 9, 2018  6:30 PM @ Atonement Lutheran Church
  • Joint Commissioner and Committee Meeting from 6:30 – 7:00
  • 7:00 Commissioner Meeting
  1. Roll Call
  2. High Points – YPT 2 and Recruitment
  3. Quick Review of Service Plans – RJ Wilson
  4. Discussion of Pack Assignments and School Night – Jenna Bentrop and RJ Wilson
  5. Monthly Training Topic – Reaffirming Duty to God – RJ Wilson
  6. Roundtable Update – Alan, Anne, Harry, David (YPT Training in September)
  7. Tiger and Lion Update – Frank Matthews (Bobcat Academies)
  8. New Commissioner Role – Training and Awards – John Wiedenmann

A note from Council Commissioner Robert Kline:

A few important items would be to continue to work with your unit leaders about taking the new Youth Protection Training, YPT-2.  The previous YPT will be expiring on 9/30/2018.  The District Training teams are working to provide in person training, and we have sent every Unit Committee Chair a list of the leaders in their respective units that have not completed the new YPT-2 training as asked for their help to get their leaders to take the new training.
Commissioners in prior years have helped with the Fall Back to School Recruiting Nights and hopefully they will be helping out their units and the District Membership teams again this year.  This is an important time for Scouting, we will be recruiting both boys and girls to Cub Scouts for the first time this fall.
Thanks for all the support you give to the units in your District.
Yours in Scouting:

Robert N. Kline

Unit Commissioner Service Plans:

Please review the following Monthly Service Plans. These service plans have just about everything a Unit would need to be brought up to date on what’s happening at the Council and District.

August 2018 Monthly Service Plan

September and October 2018 Monthly Service Plan

Commissioner Pack Assignments:

Below you will find the latest list Jenna and I have been working on to make sure we have all Pack Commissioner Assignments listed correctly. Please review this list. We will talk about it in our meeting as well.

Commissioner Pack List 8-9-18

School Night Schedule:

Below is the latest and greatest school night schedule. Your assistance with School Night is appreciated.

SN Schedule 2018

August 2018 Training Topic:

Reaffirming our Duty to God

Nick will not be able to meet with us this month but he has sent along the August training document. Please see the document below.

Monthly Commissioner Update


July 2018 Update:


School night will be here before we know it. Council kickoff has occurred. District kickoff just happened. Every kid in every school will be eligible for scouts. School night recruitment is only as good as we make it.

Last week we got all of the Pack Leaders in our district together at Atonement Lutheran, and they were trained on how to run the recruitment nights.  Then we trained everyone who will be helping with a school night.

We have been requested to follow the plan. A copy will be provided to everyone. Staff will share the written plan and the district totals plan broken down by cub rank.

Question to ask ourselves: How can we as commissioners support this and make school nights more fun? I plan to come up with a couple games or maybe some sort of quick demonstration, that the kids will think is cool and to grab their attention.

The Superintendent of the Shawnee Mission School District has decided to shut us out of doing Scout talks with the kids…so there will be no stickers or circulars going home. This will make things a lot harder.

Final Thought: get the parents names and numbers on the card. That will allow us to follow up with them should they disappear after school night.  This is crucial.

Scouts BSA

One of the main questions we hear is: why are there separate Troops for boys and girls?

There was a webinar done regarding Scouts BSA. Leadership is a key component of why we have seperate Troops for Boys and Girls. Two troops doubles the leadership positions available. Division is to assure there is equal opportunity for males and females to lead. Separate SPL and separate PLC. It may change in the future but for now this is how it is. When there’s business to be done they should be separate.

There are only seven months before we’re ready to go live. Start planning now. The new campaign “Scout me in” is from the perspective of the kids and marketing material will be available soon. February 1 is not a deadline. It’s opening day.

Status of LDS

As of January 1, 2020, LDS church no longer chartering units. They will have a separate organization to prepare youth for missions. But there is nothing that says LDS kids can not still have their own units or work into non-LDS Units. Very simply, the LDS church will no longer charter any units.

It would be best for us to stand up new units in the Spring of 2019 and dual register LDS boys with the LDS existing unit and the new unit. If we do that, when the transition happens, those youth will still have a troop to be a part of.

We should work with LDS leaders to determine what they want to do. Remember, they usually do not camp on Saturday night. Anecdotally we’re hearing that the boys want to stay involved. Church HQ has not given a lot of direction other than they are not divorcing scouting.  A good idea may be to have a meeting with all LDS Leader’s in the district to discuss.

Silver Beaver Nominations Due

Silver beaver nominations must be in by September 1. Recommendation letter(s) must be turned in then too.

District Commissioner’s Trained on YPT

Only three district commissioners have not completed the new Youth Protection Course. 100% of the staff has taken it and 92% of the Council board.

Shawnee Trails Falling Behind on Detailed Assessments

We are lagging behind other Districts in detailed assessments. We are also falling further and further behind in simple assessments. I am as much to blame as anyone on this front. I have a page of contacts I still need to record. I will do that this week. The real problem is that we do not have enough commissioners to cover. We have 28 active commissioners and 82 Units. That math does not work out. We need some additional recruitment to make this an easier lift for everyone.

Personally, I am actually worried about how the National and Council Boards perceive Commissioning as a necessary part of the fabric of Scouting. I see the advantage, you do too. Let’s make sure we keep commissioning healthy in Shawnee Trails.

Also, Our DD has asked that I make sure every Pack in the District has an assigned Commissioner this Fall. I know some of you do not want to have a Pack assigned to you, but there may not be a choice if we are to meet this mandate. We will talk about this in our meeting.

Our previous DC had the practice of recording a contact every time an email was sent en masse to the Units. I agree with his methodology and it helps bolster the contact numbers, but as DC I have discontinued that practice. Recording one-way communication as a contact skews our numbers in a way that I am never sure which Units are actually getting contacts. Some people may disagree with my viewpoint and I understand that. Please see me to discuss.

Continuing Education

Nick Badgerow presented that the declaration of religious principles are in the BSA constitution. The national committee passed a resolution recently to recommit themselves to their duty to God. USSC said it’s ok for BSA to hold its duty to God. These duties follow on to our commitments in MOS.

We need to remember now that we have girls in Troops after 108 years. We need to make our adjustments as well as we can. Simple things like remembering to say Scouts, instead of Boys, will be a major part to making sure our organization is changing and growing and thriving for the future.

Commissioner College

Commissioner College will be Saturday March 2, 2019. National Commissioner Ellie Morrison will be our speaker. She’s the new National Commissioner and first female in that role. You all might remember when Charles Dahlquist came and spoke to us a few years ago. It is always an honor to have the National Commissioner attend our college here in Kansas City.

Webelos to Scout Transition

September 22 and 23 will be a WTS transition event at Bartle. Make sure to emphasize to Pack leadership that their boys can join any unit they choose.

District Commissioner Minute

The new YPT it doesn’t cover adult supervision very well.

For the record: Two registered leaders over the age of 21 are required at all activities, including meetings.

For the record: All adults at an event lasting more than 72 hours (consecutive or non-consecutive) must be registered adult leaders. There must be a registered female adult over 21 at any activity where female youth are being served.


There will be a roundtable assessment and workshop at the University of Scouting.  They will be covering what they believe to be best practices.

June 15 came and went and there is no RT guide. In Shawnee Trails we are proceeding with our own planning. In September, Shawnee Trails will host a last chance YPT training for any leader who has yet to take the online training.

Personnel Update

hired a director and executive for Iron Horse. Michael Charlesworth and Heather Martin will fill the director/executive roles. Interviewing for ST executive, Exploring and Mormon trails with 24 candidates. Brick started July 1 and Matt Hill is off to Des Moines.

National Meeting

Robert Kline went to the national meeting. Duty to God breakfast was the highlight. Laura Bush did a fantastic job. The Americanism breakfast had an outstanding national anthem. Met a lot of great people. 10 councils targeted to discuss their successes. Talked for three hours without a break and then recognized Robert to speak. He talked for 15 minutes about what we do here in HOAC.

Why Change YPT?

From the National Committee regarding Youth Protection Training.

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. Now, the Boy Scouts of America is releasing fully updated training to further strengthen our ability to protect youth.

These changes include:

  • Updated Youth Protection Training, including insights from experts and survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection Training for all adults. All volunteers must take the new training by October 1, 2018, no matter when they took the previous training.
  • An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.
  • Unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.
  • Youth Protection Training for youth members available in 2019.

In addition to updated training, we recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:

  • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.
  • As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional, or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their Youth Protection Training.
  • As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.
  • Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.

With these changes, and many more outlined in the documents listed below, as well as the overview video, we will continue to build a safe environment for our youth.

As an advocate and champion for youth protection in Scouting movement, I encourage you to watch the video, become familiar with the resource documents, take the training and spread the word.

We realize the Oct 1 training deadline will be a challenge for some – but the safety of our children is too important to delay.

Thank you for your work in sharing the message of safety in Scouting. You make difference every day, in ways you may never know. Truly, Youth Protection Begins with You.


Michael Johnson
Director, Youth Protection

Additional Resources:


HOAC Vision Statement




Our primary mission as Commissioners is helping Scout units succeed. Commissioners coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, and Exploring Posts. Commissioners help maintain the standards of The Boy Scouts of America.

National Retention Mission Statement: The retention mission of the Commissioner Corps is best achieved by providing an adequate number of trained Unit Commissioners who visit their assigned units and help the units provide the best possible program.

Unit Commissioners will focus on the following four primary areas:

  1. Supporting unit growth in the Journey to Excellence (JTE) criteria. JTE measures performance characteristics that unlock the door to a successful and sustainable unit. We should analyze the unit’s program and identify JTE areas where help is needed to move the unit to a higher level of JTE success and sustainability. This is best accomplished using the detailed unit assessment, which is part of Commissioner Tools, to help units establish a unit service plan.
  2. Linking district committee resources to the unit. We will support the district committee’s as they deliver a “catalog of services” to support the specific JTE elements needed for a particular unit’s health and success. 75 percent of our units will achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold.
  3. Contact assigned units at least six times per year; completing at least two detailed assessments each year for each assigned unit; and logging these contacts in Commissioner Tools. Our core task remains contacting units to accomplish our primary mission. Imputing monthly contacts in Commissioner Tools feeds critical information to the district committee to help link resources to the unit. Six recorded contacts per unit is the minimum required. Commissioners set the example and should attempt to contact each assigned unit at least one time per month, by telephone, email, text, or in-person. Each District Commissioner will also directly contact each unit Key 3 in his or her district at least once each month by emailing the District Commissioner Minute. The District Commissioner Minute will provide the unit Key 3 a brief discussion or description of a topic that is relevant and timely.
  4. Supporting on-time charter renewal. Unit commissioners are responsible to ensure each assigned unit renews its charter on-time. The commissioner’s primary focus is the retention of the unit and the youth membership it serves.

Assistant Council Commissioners, District Commissioners, and Assistant District Commissioners will implement the following best practices to fulfill the National Retention Mission Statement and in support of our Unit Commissioners:

  1. Every Unit must be assigned a Unit Commissioner. The District Commissioners will ensure that every unit in their districts has been assigned a Unit Commissioner and that the assignment is entered in Commissioner Tools, thus the unit Key 3 will have accurate contact information for the assigned Unit Commissioner.
  2. Tiger Cub Mentor. Each District Commissioner will recruit and train one Assistant District Commissioner with recent Tiger Cub experience to serve as the district Tiger Cub Mentor, who will be available to coach and consult all Tiger Cub den leaders in the district. The District Commissioner will ensure that the contact information for each Tiger Cub Mentor Assistant District Commissioner is communicated to the Assistant Council Commissioner for Cub Program.
  3. New Member Coordinator. The District Commissioner will encourage all of the units in their district to recruit at least one ‘New Member Coordinator’. The duties of the New Member Coordinator are to: 1) coordinate new unit recruitment; 2) share the benefits of Scouting with new Scouts and families; 3) assist new families in getting into the new program and making them feel welcome; 4) build relationships with new Scout families.
  4. Unit Commissioner Training and Continuing Education Plan. Continued education is essential to the competency and effectiveness of our Commissioners. The District Commissioner will provide monthly continuing education to their Unit Commissioners. They will also encourage the Unit Commissioners to attend the Commissioner College no less than once every two years and that each Commissioner has the necessary basic and other training for the position to which he or she is assigned.
  5. Commissioner Evaluation and Assignment Program. The units we serve deserve the best Unit Commissioner. District Commissioners will ensure that every Commissioner is assessed annually and counseled semiannually on areas for improvement.
  6. Webelos to Scout Transition. All youth in the Heart of America Council (HOAC) should have the opportunity to benefit from Scouting. The transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts is when we lose a large percentage of our Webelos Scouts. Our Unit Commissioners will work closely with Cub Scout Packs and Boy Troops to see that Webelos scouts have ever opportunity to join a Boy Scout Troop. Our Commissioners will work with the unit leaders to ensure that they have all the resources and contact information necessary to accomplish this task. Webelos leaders and the Unit Key 3 should be given the link to the Councils ‘Recruiting Guide – Webelos-to-Scout Transition’ which is located at:
  7. Commissioner Annual Service Plan. We must have a plan to succeed in our mission to help units succeed. We will continue to develop our use of the Commissioner Annual Service Plan to support units, improve units’ JTE scores and help units succeed. The Commissioner Annual Service Plan also provides all Commissioners a ready reference of important events, activities and news. Updated plans for the next three months will be distributed to the District Commissioners in the last week of each month. The District Commissioners will provide an electronic copy of the plan to each Commissioner in the District and the plan will be reviewed at each District Commissioner meeting.
  8. Unit Contacts and Commissioner Tools. District Commissioners will ensure that every unit receives at least six visits from the assigned Unit Commissioner annually and at least two of these will be detailed unit assessments and that each of these contacts will be recorded using Commissioner Tools.
  9. Charter Renewal (Recharter). We will analyze the recharter process and develop new methods to ensure on-time recharter for at least 95% of our units, recognizing that the loss of even one unit is too many.
  10. Roundtable. The monthly district roundtable is an opportunity for unit leaders to learn and share ideas. It is an opportunity to connect and collaborate with other unit leaders and to develop friendships and mutual support among unit leaders. The Assistant Council Commissioners for Roundtable Service will identify best practices; develop a plan for Roundtable improvement to be implemented as necessary during the year. The district Roundtable Commissioners will take attendance and report this information to the District Commissioner who will share this with the Unit Commissioners. The Unit Commissioners will contact those units who do not have leaders in attendance at the Monthly Roundtable meetings and encourage them to attend.
  11. Service Excellence. We will develop a program to recognize excellence in service by Commissioners. All Unit Commissioners will also be encouraged to complete the requirements for the Commissioner ‘Arrowhead Honor’, the Commissioner ‘Key’ and the Commissioner ‘Award of Excellence in Unit Service’.
  12. Council Commissioner Meetings. Council Commissioner Meetings will be more productive with increased time for collaboration, training and problem solving. Commissioners are requested to wear a proper field uniform at all meetings to demonstrate their commitment to Scouting. Topics of meetings are subject to change at the request of the group and direction of the Council Commissioner.

Vision and Mission



Unit Service will enable units to better serve more youth by providing an adequate number of trained commissioners who provide a link to District Operating Committee and other resources in support of a quality unit program. 


The mission of Unit Service is to help units better serve more youth through scouting.


  • Supporting unit growth and retention through the Journey to Excellence.
  • Contacting units and capturing in commissioner tools their strengths, needs, and a unit service plan that enables continuing improvement.
  • Linking unit needs to District Operating Committee and other resources..
  • Supporting timely unit, district and council charter renewals.
  • Supporting unit leaders by delivering effective roundtables that provide program ideas, relationship development, and timely communication.


  1. Enable an increased number of traditional units.
  2. Enable the retention rate of traditional units.
  3. Enable implementation of a unit service plan through collaborative detailed assessments and an increased number of significant unit contacts.


  1. The UPG Methodology
  2. New Member Coordinators
  3. Unit Key 3
  4. The Unit Service Plan
  5. Journey to Excellence
  6. My.Scouting Tools (Including Commissioner Tools)
  7. Continuous Recruiting
  8. Assigning Resources to Greatest Needs


You can find the written statements of our Council and District Commissioners here.

New Youth Protection

Below you will find information about the new Youth Protection Training. All registered leaders must complete this new training by October 1, 2018. 

Here are the highlights:

  • There are three modules and a test module in this new training. It will take just over an hour to complete.
  • You can not leave a module in the middle and pick up where you left off. You must complete a module once you start it or you will have to start the module over.

Continue reading “New Youth Protection”

Commissioner Manuals / Resources


Four important books guide the service of commissioners and their professional staff advisors in the Boy Scouts of America.

The current manuals are undergoing a revision. The new format will be in the form of modules or topic chapters. These will be posted electronically on the Commissioner website and will contain links to other electronic sources.

Commissioners will be able to create their own ebooks with the chapters they need. A suggested collection list will be posted by position. Keep an eye out for announcement of new modules.