HEART OF AMERICA COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
COUNCIL COMMISSIONER’S VISION STATEMENT JANUARY 2018
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.