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About Commissioners

(from Wikipedia)

           Commissioners are the group within the Boy Scouts that provid direct service to each Scouting unit (pack, troop,  post or ship). Commissioners are experienced Scouters who help unit leaders to achieve the aims of Scouting by using the methods of Scouting. They help to ensure that each unit has strong leadership and they encourage training, promote the use of the unit committee and encourage a relationship with the chartering organization (sponsor).

           Commissioner service started with the first national Scout commissioners: Daniel Carter Beard, Peter Bomus and William Verbeck. Local commissioners formed the first council and started the tradition of direct support to the Scoutmaster. A first-class council had a paid commissioner (now known as a 'Scout Executive'), and could keep 15 cents of each 25 cent registration, while second-class councils with volunteer commissioners could keep five cents.

           By the early 1940's, Crescent Bay Council had a well developed structure for their commissioner staff. The system was composed of a Council  Commissioner, Field Commissioner, District Commissioners, District Field Commissioners, Assistant District Commissioners and Neighborhood Commissioners. Commissioners were expected to complete Basic Leader Training (Troop 258) so that they had essential information needed to provide a safe and successful quality program.

Crescent Bay Council
Scouters' Guide
c. 1942




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Commissioner's Award 

           Crescent Bay Council developed it's own Commissioner's Award in 1955. The award was available for units that qualified in "four stars". Judging of units was conducted September through December which was considered an adequate window of time to assess the health of each unit. Criteria for earning four stars were:

Unit Committee Meeting
  • Have a functioning committee that meets monthly during September-December.
  • Top leader in unit to have gone through Adult Training program.
Activities
During each month September-December
  • Cub Packs-an activity attended by at least 50% of the parents.
  • Scout Troops-one day hike; overnight hike; Civic, District or Council event attended by 50% of unit
  • Explorer Post-any activity of a social; outdoor; vocational; Civic; Council; or District event attended by 50% of the unit.
Advancement
  • Cub Pack-turn in an achievement report to the Council Office three out of four months and hold three Advancement ceremonies.
  • Scout Troops-at least one RANK advancement for every three scouts and hold a Unit Board of Review in three out of four months.
  • Explorer Post-hold officer's meetings in three out of four months.
Membership
  • Increase membership to a goal determined by the unit leader, Neighborhood Commissioner and approved by the District Commissioner.
          For Scout leaders, attending four of the eight Troop 258 basic leadership meetings was considered satisfaction for the unit committee meeting requirement. Beginning in 1958, unit plaques were awarded for partial completion of the requirements but a special patch was made available for the members of units that successfully completed all four stars. Another change was added in 1960, when each scout member in the unit was required to recruit a new member to scouting within the year. It seemed that interest in the Commissioner Award waned after 1963. The program was resurrected for one year in 1966 but again, lacked the momentum to continue. Commissionersl tried again to get the program up and running in 1969 but the interest just wasn't there. It wasn't until after the merger of the Council in 1972 that the Commissioner Award was put into action once again by Great Western Council.


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