By Annaleis Smith
Apr 06, 2018

Brand New Commissioner Courses

Three brand new courses will be debuted at the College of Commissioner Science being held in Provo on Sat. April 21, 2018 (Register here).  Each of the three new courses fill a need to help inform and train commissioners with three very specific groups of youth – Cub Scouts, LDS Eleven Year Old Scouts, and those LDS “Older Scouts” still needing support to attain the Eagle rank.

Commissioner College Numbering System

In case you didn’t know, you can tell by the number assigned to the course whether it was developed by the national BSA or by the local council.  This is how the numbering system works.

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So, as you can see from the above chart, not only does the number tell you if it is a Bachelor level course, a Masters Level course etc. It also indicates who designed/developed the course.

Brand-New Courses in Provo

3 band-new courses that are on the upcoming Provo Commissioner College schedule are:

  • BCS 201 – Orientation to Cub Scouting. What?  Why? – This course is designed to give an overview to that new commissioner (most likely a stake Primary presidency member) who is possibly brand new to Cub Scouting and now finds themselves in a position of “the expert”.
  • BCS 221 – 11Yr Old Scouting; Navigating the grey space.- A look at 11 yr old scouting in the LDS church.  Who is responsible?  What are their goals?  Just how do these primary boys fit into the troop anyway? FYI – there’s a JTE Scorecard just for them?
  • BCS 231 – Older Boy Scouting – Supporting to Eagle – Now that the LDS church doesn’t sponsor Varsity or Venturing how can we support those boys who still want to earn their Eagle rank?  What resources are there for our Boy Scouts ages 14 and up?

Other Courses from the UNPC

Over the past 6 months (and last 3 Commissioner Colleges in UNPC) a few other new council courses have been taught.

  • BCS 250 was designed to help commissioners better understand how the recent LDS changes (dropping of Varsity & Venturing) affect our leaders and youth, as well as recent BSA changes (Lions and Family Scouting) and what they mean to LDS Scouters.
  • BCS 215 teaches about the Baden Powell Service Area in the UNPC – What it is, Where it’s headed and what you can do to help.

And those are just a few of the courses designed for and by leaders in the Utah National Parks Council.

Do you have any suggestions?

Is there a topic or program that you think we need to develop a course for and teach at a future Commissioner College?  Think back to when you were a brand new commissioner, what do you wish you had been taught about sooner?  Or, what do you wish you understood better now?  Which topic have you never seen a training about that you think would be helpful to commissioners?  What do you wish commissioners understood better?

Feel free to leave a comment below or email me with your suggestions.  Think outside the box.

Because…every boy deserves a well-trained leader and                                             every leader deserves a well-trained commissioner!

Author:  Annaleis Smith is a “stay-at-home” mom of 5 (3 boys 2 girls).  She has been a Cub Scout leader in her LDS ward since 2003.  She has also been involved with district roundtables since 2008 and involved in various council committees (including Akela’s Council) since 2010. Annaleis currently serves as an assistant council commissioner assigned as the president of the UNPC Commissioner College Cabinet.

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