National Capital Area Council

Commissioner College

March 9, 2019

From the Council Commissioner Rick Rogers and Commissioner College Dean Julia Farr:

Helping Units Serve More Youth Better Through Scouting!

In addition to welcoming all commissioners, we are very excited to welcome attendees from all across Scouting, including chartered organizations and Scouters serving in membership, program, finance, marketing, and the Order of the Arrow. With the introduction of Family Scouting, 2019 is an especially exciting time for commissioners, as we are playing a role in helping BSA serve the entire family.

This will be a great time for everyone to learn more about unit service and how we can partner to provide better unit service. Learning is a lifetime activity, and we are committed to helping you improve your game through a full day of learning with opportunities to earn the Bachelor, Master, or Doctor of Commissioner Science degree, to engage in Continuing Education. You will be getting the most up-to-date information on ways to improve service to your units. These informative classes are packed with material you can use at your next unit visit and are presented by faculty who are highly experienced, dedicated, and enthusiastic about this year’s college. You can expect a great day packed with solid learning experiences along with many opportunities for fellowship.

As commissioners, our role is different from that of other Scouters. The insignia we wear displays a wreath around Scouting’s trefoil representing your commission to serve chartered organizations in the operation of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Explorer posts. Scouting depends on the men and women who wear this wreath of service. You are the coach . . . the mentor . . . who forges a relationship with key unit leaders to support them in planning and delivering a quality program for the young people they serve. As commissioners, we must continually enhance our skills to better serve units.

Commissioner service in the second century focuses on five areas:

  • supporting unit growth and retention through Journey toExcellence;
  • contacting units and capturing in Commissioner Tools their strengths and needs; 
  • linking unit needs to district operating committee and other resources;
  • supporting timely unit, district, and council charter renewals; and
  • supporting unit leaders by delivering effective roundtables that provide program ideas, relationship development, and timely

The mission of the commissioner is to help the unit succeed, and we prepare ourselves to accomplish this mission through education and shared learning experiences. Just as every Scout deserves a trained leader, every unit deserves a trained commissioner! You can expect a great day packed with solid learning experiences along with many opportunities for fellowship. Thank you for being part of Commissioner College today!

Yours In Commissioner Service,

Rick Rogers, NCAC Council Commissioner

Julia Mae-Shen Farr, NCAC Commissioner College Dean