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Service to Scouting Presentation

  1. 1. Consider Commissioner Service! A Presentation By: Philip Bodkin District Commissioner Polaris District, Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America
  2. 2. The Unit Commissioner: <ul><li> Commissioners were the original Scouting Professionals. </li></ul><ul><li> A Unit Commissioner works within Scouting’s framework: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Council & District Organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Unit organization </li></ul></ul><ul><li> A Unit Commissioner will generally serve 1–3 Packs, Troops or Crews. </li></ul><ul><li> A Unit Commissioner is a VITAL Asset. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What does a Unit Commissioner do? <ul><li> Provides friendly, personal help to foster: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scouting ideals to boys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-time charter renewal </li></ul></ul><ul><li> Cooperates with other Scouting personnel related to specific programs, but you are not responsible for the program itself </li></ul><ul><li> You will be Helping units succeed! </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is a Charter? <ul><li> A Charter is the document between the local council and the Chartering Organization establishing the operation of a Scouting Unit. </li></ul><ul><li> What will you do? You will work with the Unit Leadership and the Organization to complete the paperwork and submit the document. </li></ul><ul><li> Than what? You will Present the new charter at a unit ceremony. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Unit Contact & Visitation: <ul><li> What is Unit Visitation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visiting a unit’s committee meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attending a unit event… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dinners/Parties, Derbies/Regattas, Songfests, Camporees, Shows, Scouting for Food </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Courts of Honor and other ceremonies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone calls with unit Scouters </li></ul></ul><ul><li> At least once per month per unit </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Record each contact via the </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unit Visitation Tracking System </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What are you looking for? <ul><li> Are Scout Leaders trained? </li></ul><ul><li> Are boys participating? </li></ul><ul><li> Is the membership healthy? </li></ul><ul><li> Are the Scouts advancing? </li></ul><ul><li> Does the Unit have anoutdoor program? </li></ul><ul><li> Is the unit organization functioning well? </li></ul><ul><li>This requires regular unit contact </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sometines it’s “Lifesaving” <ul><li> You will be the person to spot problems early and address issues. </li></ul><ul><li> You will be a “coach-counselor” and use persuasion, not dictation. </li></ul><ul><li> You will get help from District Commissioner’s staff and Professionals. </li></ul><ul><li> You prevent little problems become big ones </li></ul>
  8. 8. Are there Meetings? <ul><li>Yes… there are some meetings: </li></ul><ul><li> Bi-Monthly Quality Leader Events “QLE’s” are encouraged… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to go with a unit Scouter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a training class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fellowship with other Scouters </li></ul></ul><ul><li> Monthly Commissioner’s Staff Meeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unit Commissioners discuss unit sssues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share with other Unit Commissioners </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What else can I help with? <ul><li>Attend, Assist and encourage unit participation at… </li></ul><ul><ul><li> Join Scouting Nights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Scouting for Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Camporees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Pinewood Derby </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Popcorn Sale & Friends of Scouting </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Where can I learn more? <ul><li>www.CommissionerService.info/wny </li></ul><ul><li>www.Scouting.org </li></ul><ul><li>Contact a Professional at GNFC: (716) 891-4073 </li></ul><ul><li>By Contacting Philip Bodkin Directly: </li></ul><ul><li>(716) 570-7938 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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