Help and Guidance for Local Scouting Leaders
Commissioners are responsible for working with leaders of Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, and Explorer Posts to make sure they get access to the resources they need to run a successful program for their youth. This sometimes means connecting them with other volunteer leaders on District or Council Committees or it might mean helping them work through how to put on a new meeting as a new leader.
How Commissioners Help Local Scouting
Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America.
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 through the Journey to Excellence.
- Contacting units and capturing their strengths and needs in Commissioner Tools.
- Linking unit needs to district operating committee resources.
- Supporting timely charter renewal.
Click the link above to go to the page with detailed information, training links and other resources related to the Annual Recharter process. For Last Frontier Council Scouting programs, this process takes place in the fall and the recharter for each Pack, Troop, Crew, Team and Post is due to be finished and turned in to your Unit Commissioner, with all funds for the next year's membership registration, no later than December 31.
Roles the Commissioner Plays
A commissioner plays several roles, including friend, representative, unit "doctor," teacher, and counselor.
The commissioner is a friend of the unit. Of all their roles, this one is the most important. It springs from the attitude, "I care, I am here to help,what can I do for you?" Caring is the ingredient that makes commissioner service successful. He or she is an advocate of unit needs. A commissioner who makes himself known and accepted now will be called on in future times of trouble.
The commissioner is a representative. The average unit leader is totally occupied in working with kids. Some have little if any contact with the Boy Scouts of America other than a commissioner's visit to their meeting. To them, the commissioner may be the BSA. The commissioner helps represent the ideals, the principles, and the policies of the Scouting movement.
The commissioner is a unit "doctor." In their role as "doctor," they know that prevention is better than a cure, so they try to see that their units make good "health practices" a way of life. When problems arise, and they will even in the best unit, they act quickly. They observe symptoms, diagnose the real ailment, prescribe a remedy, and follow up on the patient.
The commissioner is a teacher. As a commissioner, they will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the growth of unit leaders by sharing knowledge with them. They teach not just in an academic environment, but where it counts most—as an immediate response to a need to know. That is the best adult learning situation since the lesson is instantly reinforced by practical application of the new knowledge.
The commissioner is a counselor. As a Scouting counselor, they will help units solve their own problems. Counseling is the best role when unit leaders don't recognize a problem and where solutions are not clear-cut. Everyone needs counseling from time to time, even experienced leaders.
Assistant Council Commissioner
District Commissioner, New Horizons
Assistant Council Commissioner-Area 2
District Commissioner Kickingbird District
Assistant Council Commissioner Area 3
District Commissioner Will Rogers District
Assistant Council Commissioner-Area 1
District Commissioner, Big Tepee
|Assistant Council Commissioner||Dave Bruneau||(480) 258-2352|
|Assistant Council Commissioner||Harold Hanke||(405) 751-5170|
|Assistant Council Commissioner Area 3||Gordon Shaw||(580) 917-2497|
|Assistant Council Commissioner-Area 1||Mike Veasey||(405) 627-7768|
|Assistant Council Commissioner-Area 2||Rebecca Koss|
|Council Commissioner||Jim Aikman||(405) 833-8893|
|District Commissioner Baden Powell District||Ron Lee|
|District Commissioner Eagle District||Alan Simpson|
|District Commissioner Kickingbird District||Robert Nuckolls||(701) 330-7557|
|District Commissioner Manuel Perez Jr District||Christopher M Davis|
|District Commissioner Western Plains District||Laci Brewer|
|District Commissioner Will Rogers District||Kristina Vanderlinde||(405) 200-7988|
|District Commissioner, Big Tepee||Sherri Mitchell||(405) 401-7771|
|District Commissioner, New Horizons||Gary Jones||(405) 641-1921|
|Sooner District Commissioner||Robert Eades||(405) 615-3585|