Twin Valley : Commissioner Descriptions

What is a Commissioner?

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.

District Commissioners

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.

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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


The District Commissioner leads the Commissioner staff of the district, guiding and measuring the districts unit service program. Major responsibilities for the District Commissioner include:

  • Recruit and train a full staff of Commissioners.
  • Oversee the Commissioner training program.
  • Work with the district chairman and executive as a member of the districts Key 3.
  • Plan and preside at the monthly meeting of the District Commissioner staff
  • Attend district committee meeting to report on conditions of units and to secure specialized help for units.
  • Represent the district as a member of the council commissioner's cabinet.


Ass't District Commissioners

Assistant District Commissioners are appointed by the District Commissioner with the approval of the council executive board.

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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


A district may have one or more Assistant District Commissioners. Each ADC is responsible for an assigned share of the units in the district, and the unit Commissioners who serve those units. Assistant District Commissioners are often assigned a geographic or specialty area of the district. The ADCs work closely with the District Commissioner and the district executive. The responsibilities of the ADC include:

  • Recruit enough unit Commissioners to serve their assigned units and areas.
  • Conduct personal coaching and orientation sessions for unit Commissioners.
  • Maintain regular contact with their unit Commissioners to provide guidance in unit service needs.
  • Serve units with no assigned unit Commissioner.
  • Help unit Commissioners evaluate and improve their unit service performance.


Roundtable Commissioners

Roundtable Commissioners are appointed by the District Commissioner with the approval of the council executive board.

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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


A district may have one or more Roundtable Commissioners. The responsibilities for the Roundtable Commissioners include:

  • Recruit and train a staff qualified to put on quality roundtables for unit personnel.
  • Plan monthly roundtable programs.
  • Make all arrangements for roundtables including meeting places, equipment, and supplies.
  • Conduct regular critiques to determine how roundtables can be improved.


Unit Commissioners

Unit Commissioners are appointed by the District Commissioner with the approval of the council executive board.

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Unit Commissioners should-

  • Have excellent people skills
  • Have a Scouting background or be fast-track learners
  • Know and practice Scouting ideals


A Unit Commissioner is a generalist whose overriding mission in Scouting is to help units succeed. Specific responsibilities for the unit commissioner include::

  • Help each unit earn the Quality Unit Award
  • Use the annual Commissioner service plan, with its scheduled opportunities for Commissioner contact with units
  • Know each phase of the Scouting program and keep current by reviewing Scouting program literature.
  • Visit unit meetings and observe the unit in action and determine the degree to which the descriptions in the literature are being followed. Only if called upon, participate or help in some of the regular activities of the unit.
  • Visit regularly with the unit leader and listen to what the unit leader has to say. Offer encouragement and support and help the leader see new opportunities for improvement. but always maintain the best possible relationship with unit leadership. Help the leader with forms and applications. Encourage unit participation in district and council program events and training opportunities.
  • Work to ensure effective and active unit committees. Visit with the unit committee periodically and observe the committee in action, offer suggestions for improvement and work with the committee to solve problems and improve unit operation.
  • Keep in touch with the chartered organizations of the units you serve. Meet and orient the chartered organization representative. Meet the head of the organization and explain your role as helper of units. Help develop a good relationship between unit leaders and chartered organization leaders.
  • Know the neighborhood in which your units are located so that you can help graduating members of one program join the next level of Scouting (e.g. Webelos to Boy Scouts.)