Part of what I really liked about it is that now I know what I can or should expect from my own unit commissioner. I knew I had one and I knew who he was, but I didn't know how that position fit with anything else, or what I could expect from him. Now I do.
So, here are the responsibilities of the unit commissioner:
- Help the unit earn the Journey to Excellence Award. (formerly Quality Unit Award)
- Know each phase of Scouting and its literature. Be able to describe how each works.
- Visit meetings of assigned packs/troops/teams/crews regularly, usually once a month.
- Visit regularly with the unit leader.
- Be aware of unit leader concerns and challenges.
- Serve as the unit leader's coach and counselor.
- Build a strong, friendly relationship.
- Help the leader see opportunities for improvement.
- Encourage unit participation in district and council events.
- Work to ensure effective unit committees.
- Visit with the unit committee periodically.
- Observe the committee, offer suggestions for improvement, and work to solve problems.
- See that unit leaders have adequate training.
- Facilitate on-time charter renewal of all units.
- Help the unit conduct a membership inventory of youth and adults.
- Help the unit committee chairman conduct the charter renewal meeting.
- See that a completed charter renewal application is returned to the council service center.
- Make arrangements to present the unit charter at a meeting of the chartered organization.
- Attend all meetings of the commissioner staff.
- Become trained.
- Set the example.
- Adopt an attitude of helpfulness.
- Keep promises.
- Be concerned about proper uniforming.
- Be diplomatic.
- Be a model of Scouting ideals.
- Know the resources available to the unit in the neighborhood, district, and council.
I didn't mean this to be a complaint about my unit commissioner. Its just that when you learn what is supposed to happen, it gets discouraging to see that it isn't being done. But maybe I can change that. Now that I know he is supposed to make visits, I can invite him to our meetings. I can ask him for help with Journey to Excellence. I can ask him for suggestions about how to improve our program. I can ask for help in encouraging our other leaders to get trained.
As I said before, this training was a great experience. I think it would be great for every unit leader to have this training, if only so they will know what they can expect from their unit commissioners.