Commissioner Training

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As your Council Commissioner I am here like all our commissioners to serve our unit level volunteers and programs to help them be successful. We want our commissioners to be a resource for our units and assist them to connect the dots where needed to find additional help and support. We also want to be a conduit of information and a friend that can assist in dealing with to help with tough issues and concerns. As Commissioners we are also there to assist our programs to recharter on-time and to achieve their goals as it relates to the Journey to Excellence standards.

My Scouting story started like a lot of yours nearly 20 years ago as a volunteer to my son’s Tiger Cub pack. As I saw my son grow and benefit from the program I developed a deep sense of respect for BSA and their mission. When my son attended NYLT and then went on to serve on staff I started to see a noticeable difference in his maturity and it was then I realized Wood Badge may offer some opportunities for me. We both ended up serving in senior leadership positions. Patrick did become an Eagle Scout for which I am immensely proud. Why am I still here when my son aged out several years ago? Easy! I am repaying BSA for what they did for my son and my family. We all have a chance to make a difference and I plan to “do my best” for as long as the Council wants me around.

I am grateful to serve as your Council Commissioner and my goal is to support all our commissioners.

If we achieve our goal as commissioners in helping our unit level leadership run successful programs, we can ultimately assist in fulfilling the ultimate mission of the BSA by impacting as many youths as we can in a positive way through the Scout Oath and Law.

We would like for this page to be a resource to you and that it will assist you in providing useful information that will help you be more successful in your role as a commissioner. If I can be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Yours in Scouting,

Pat Hargadon

Council Commissioner

Retention Mission Statement

The retention mission of the commissioner corps is best achieved by providing an adequate number of trained unit commissioners who provide a link to district committee resources in support of a quality unit program.

Unit commissioners will focus on the following four primary areas:

  • Supporting unit growth in the Journey to Excellence criteria: JTE measures performance characteristics that unlock the door to a successful 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.
  • Linking district committee resources to the unit: We should support the district committee’s delivery of a “catalog of services” to support the specific JTE elements needed for a particular unit’s health and success.
  • Visiting units and logging the visits into the Unit Visit Tracking System (UVTS): Our core task remains visiting the unit. UVTS input feeds critical information to the district committee to help link resources to the unit.
  • Supporting on-time charter renewal: The commissioner’s focus is the retention of the unit, though we should be especially mindful of supporting new youth membership efforts as we move more toward a volunteer-led, professionally guided approach to increasing membership.

Roles the Commissioner Plays

COMMISSIONER TRAINING! Commissioner training is ongoing and we have many opportunities for our commissioners to be trained.

Basic Training – can be conducted by a District and hosted with classroom approach for our commissioner staffs.


NOTE: Once Basic Trained as a Commissioner, please continue to seek training and support! Our best source of ongoing local training for commissioners is our Lincoln Heritage Council Commissioner College! More info and links for our LHC College can be found below.

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  • Create an account if you haven’t already! Once logged in you will see the BSA LEARNING CENTER on the right hand side of the home page.
  • Under the Commissioners Section you will find COMMISSIONER TOOLS TRAINING and also an LDS COMMISSIONER ORIENTATION
  • The BSA LEARNING CENTER has information and training for all volunteer leaders (Cubs, Boy Scouts, and Venturing). Once you click on the BSA LEARNING CENTER you can view all of the trainings offered through the course catalog tab at the top of the page.
  • Your familiarity with this site will prove very useful when supporting our various Scouting programs and leaders. For example, Cub Scout Basic Leader Training is found here and a Cub Scout leader can be considered Basic Leader Trained from taking the appropriate courses online! Also, this is the spot to go for Youth Protection Training!

Our goal is to not only recruit Commissioners to support our Scouting program, but to train and support the best way we can. We believe if we do this we can recruit, retain and build a sustainable support system for our Scouting programs throughout our Council!

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