Commissioner Awards

Arrowhead Honor   


District Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner

  1. Work with your District Executive to evaluate all Commissioners you supervise.
  2. Achieve a ratio of one Unit Commissioner for every three units in the district or service area.
  3. Develop and put into action a suitable recruiting plan.
  4. Chair or take part actively in six District Commissioner staff meetings
  5. Attend six District Committee meetings (not required for Assistants)
  6. Attend a council Commissioner conference with a majority of your staff, and
  7. Provide personal coaching for the Commissioners you supervise, and
  8. Develop and implement a plan to track and hold your Unit Commissioners accountable for monthly unit visits..

Roundtable Commissioner

  1. Review all material in the current
    • Venturing Roundtable Guide
    • Boy Scout Leader Roundtable Planning Guide, or
    • Cub Scout Leader Roundtable Planning Guide
  2. Review all material in
    • Troop Program Resources and Troop Program Features, or
    • Cub Scout Program Helps
  3. Recruit a roundtable staff
  4. Lead staff in preparing a one-year roundtable outline
  5. Supervise the staff in conducting these roundtables
  6. With the District Commissioner and District Executive, develop and use an attendance promotion plan, and
  7. Attend a council Commissioner conference, roundtable, or planning conference.

Unit Commissioner

  1. Visit each assigned unit eight or more times throughout the year
  2. Fill in and follow up on Commissioner Work Sheets or self assessment forms for each assigned unit:
  3. Conduct membership and leadership inventories in each assigned unit
  4. Attend six District Commissioner staff meetings and provide the training topic for one meeting
  5. Participate in a charter review meeting that results in on-time unit reregistration
  6. Participate in a charter presentation
  7. Attend a council Commissioner conference, and
  8. Help a unit resolve a specific problem or improve some aspect of their unit operation.

 

Commissioner Award of Excellence in Unit Service

 



Description: gold on gold knot on red background with gold border.

Award Requirements:
    Any registered commissioner who is providing direct unit service is eligible to earn the Commissioner Award of Excellence in Unit Service, through unit service and a project that results in improved retention of members and on-time unit recharter, over the course of two consecutive years. If a commissioner who is not registered as a unit commissioner wishes to earn this award, they must work with the district commissioner where the unit(s) is/are registered.

  • Technical Skills: Use UVTS 2.0 to log unit visits and generate reports
  • Participation:
    1. Be a participant or staff member in ONE continuing education event for commissioner service.1 For example: district, council, area, regional, or national College of Commissioner Science, commissioner conference, Philmont, Sea Base, or Summit training.
    2. Make at least six physical visits to each assigned unit per year and log with UVTS 2.0. Examples: unit meetings, unit activities, leader meetings, and summer camp visitations
    3. Make at least six significant contacts (in addition to those made in item 2) for each unit served, by telephone, twoway electronic communication, or in person, and log in UVTS 2.0.
  • Training and Experience:
    1. Complete Commissioner Basic Training
    2. Provide rechartering service by holding membership inventories, training verification, and Journey to Excellence progress review meetings. Perform charter presentations for the chartered organizations of the units you serve.
  • Performance: Identify a specific goal in a specific unit that would result in higher quality unit performance. Create a written plan to achieve the goal. Track unit self-assessements and retention for two years.

 


 

Distinguished Commissioner Service Award

 



Description: silver on silver knot on red background with silver border.

Award Requirements:
    The Distinguished Commissioner Service Award is intended to recognize commissioners who provide quality service. Each council decides how to certify eligibility and keep records. There is no national application form for this award.

  • Be a currently active council, assistant council, district, assistant district, or unit commissioner
  • Complete training as outlined by the local council, including earning the Commissioner’s Key
  • Serve as an active commissioner for five consecutive years and be currently registered with the Boy Scouts of America
  • Recharter at least 90 percent of the units in your area of service for a minimum of the past two consecutive years
  • Assist units so that more than 60 percent of the units in your area of service achieve the National Quality Unit Award for a minimum of the past two consecutive years

Requirements for Roundtable/Huddle Commissioners:
  • Complete training as outlined by the local council, including earning the Commissioner’s Key
  • Serve as an active commissioner for five consecutive years and be currently registered with the Boy Scouts of America
  • Conduct at least nine roundtables/huddles per year for the past two consecutive years

 

Doctorate of Commissioner Science Knot Award

 

Purpose:

To recognize completion of a standardized program leading to the completion of a thesis or project and the award of the Doctorate of Commissioner Science from a College of Commissioner Science.Justification:

The commissioner is the mainstay for Scouting program administration. It is commissioner service that ensures that units are healthy, productive, and assist in the growth of the program.  The College of Commissioner Science program is designed to have a commissioner learn, through a series of training classes, followed by work experiences to ensure a quality program throughout Scouting. This training will take a number of years to complete. The commissioner finalizes his/her training with an approved thesis or project for the benefit of the Scouting program. This assists both new commissioners as they learn, and seasoned commissioners as they train others. A well-trained commissioner staff better serves the Scouting program.  The College of Commissioner Science program is a guideline for councils to adapt as they determine will fit their needs. Having a knot award for the program requires that the commissioner complete, as a minimum, a training program standardized for all BSA programs.Objectives:

To further involve commissioners in providing support to units in their delivery of a quality program experience for all youth in Scouting.  To provide councils an opportunity to recognize commissioners for their tenured service, their involvement in learning more about delivery of quality Scouting, and their involvement in support of others.Minimum Requirements

Tenure:

Serve as a commissioner for a minimum of 5 years. Their service can be in one or more commissioner roles or positions of service.

Training - A. Bachelor of Commissioner Science Degree (BCS)

Prerequisites:

1. Maintain registration in any capacity as a Commissioner during the entire training program listed below.

2. Complete Commissioner orientation (Commissioner Fieldbook)

3. Complete commissioner basic training.

Course Requirements:

Complete a minimum of seven (7) courses of instruction, at least five (5) of the courses at the Bachelor’s program level as listed in the Continuing Education for Commissioners manual.

Performance

1. Approval of Council or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner

2. Approval of Scout Executive or Advisor to Commissioner Service

 

Training - B. Master of Commissioner Science Degree (MCS)

Prerequisites

1. Completion of bachelor’s degree.

2. Earned Arrowhead Honor.

3. Current registration as a commissioner.

Course Requirements

Complete a minimum of seven (7) additional courses of instruction (total of 14), at least seven (7) of the courses at the Master’s program level as listed in the Continuing Education for Commissioners manual.

Performance

1. Approval of Council or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner

2. Approval of Scout Executive or Advisor to Commissioner Service

 

Training - C. Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree (DCS)

Prerequisites

1. Completion of master’s degree.

2. Have been awarded the Commissioner’s Key.

3. Current registration as a commissioner.

Course Requirements

Complete a minimum of ten (10) additional courses of instruction not used to qualify for other college awards (total of 24), at least five (5) of the courses at the doctor’s program level as listed in the Continuing Education for Commissioners manual.

Thesis or Project

1. Completion of a thesis or project on any topic of value to Scouting in the local council.

2. The topic and final paper or project must be approved by the council commissioner, or assigned assistant council commissioner, or the dean of the doctorate program and the staff advisor for commissioner service.

Performance

1. Serve on the College of Commissioner Science faculty (instructor or support staff) or work with training support for commissioners for at least one year.

2. Recruit at least three new commissioners at any level.

3. Approval of Council or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner

4. Approval of Scout Executive or Advisor to Commissioner Service