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Commissioners

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. They also oversee the unit charter renewal plan so that each unit reregisters on time with an optimum number of youth and adult members.

Unit Commissioners are appointed by the district commissioner with the approval of the council executive board. Unit commissioners should—

  • Have excellent people skills
  • Have a Scouting background or be fast-track learners
  • Know and practice Scouting ideals
Assistant District Commissioners are appointed by the district commissioner with the approval of the council executive board. Assistant district commissioners should—
  • Be able to recruit and work through a team of unit commissioners.
  • Have excellent people skills
  • Have a broad Scouting background or be fast-track learners
  • Know and practice Scouting ideals
Roundtable Commissioners are appointed by the district commissioner with the approval of the council executive board. Roundtable commissioners should—
  • Be congenial and enthusiastic performers
  • Have the ability to recruit a roundtable staff
  • Have a good Scouting program background in the program for which they will run roundtables
  • Be a good planner
District Commissioners are approved and appointed by the council executive board, with the concurrence of the Scout executive, on the recommendation of the district nominating committee. District commissioners should—
  • Be widely respected in the community
  • Be an enthusiastic leader of adults
  • Have the ability to recruit a complete team of commissioners for their districts
  • Have the ability to guide and motivate commissioners to visit units regularly, identify unit needs, and help unit adults to meet needs
  • Be a role model of Scouting ideals

Assistant Council Commissioners are appointed by the council commissioner with the approval of the council executive board. Assistant council commissioners should have some of the criteria for district commissioners and/or council commissioners.

Council Commissioner is elected at the annual meeting of the local council after selection by the council nominating committee. The council commissioner should—

  • Have the ability and proven experience to lead and meet objectives through a large structure of other people
  • Become a role model of exceptional Scouting service to units throughout the council
  • Be a person with a vision of how a good unit program helps youth stay in the program long enough to learn Scouting values
  • Have the ability to develop a good working relationship with the Scout executive and professional staff advisor, characterized by mutual trust, mutual respect, and mutual recognition of each other's role and competency

Commissioners should not be registered simultaneously as unit leaders so that their primary focus can be on the commissioner duties involved.
District Commissioner meetings vary throughout the Council. For more information on District Commissioner meetings, check the individual District Information.

To find your Commissioner Worksheets on our site go to: Forms at Scouting.org


For more Commissioner information and resources go to the National website.


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