By Annaleis Smith
Oct 14, 2019

Commissioner Conferences​ Nov 2nd & 9th, 2019.

Support Scouting and Become a Unit Commissioner!

As you all know, the Council is in the middle of changes – some known, as well as more unknown.  Hundreds of Scouters are dedicated to maintaining the quality programs we all know and love. As always, there is a need for dedicated volunteers to support our youth. New units are being formed in many cities and neighborhoods and some of you are already committed to help in those new units.  Some of you want to help but haven’t decided yet quite how you are going to do that.  I would like for you to consider becoming a commissioner.  

Scouting in 2020 will be very different than in the past and Commissioner Service will be a VITAL component to helping our council, districts, new units, and existing units thrive and succeed. The best way to find out more about the current commissioner opportunities and explore the options is to attend one of the UNPC 2019 Commissioner Conferences this November. (just weeks away) The training will be nearly identical at both.

To attend the conference in Orem on Nov 2nd, please register here.

To attend the conference in St George on Nov 9th, please register here.

NoteFor those of you already working on your Commissioner College Degrees this conference will include 3 Commissioner College courses and our Doctoral director will be there for personal help at that level as well.

3 types of Commissioners

There are 3 basic types of commissioners:  1) Administrative Commissioners – Council Commissioners, District Commissioners, and ADCs are the most common type of administrative commissioners.  Their main duties are hinted to in the word “administrative” 2) Roundtable Commissioners – those awesome Scouters who plan and run roundtables for the districts, and finaly 3) Unit Commissioners – those commissioners who are assigned to and serve specific units. It’s this 3rd type of commissioner that our units are especially in need of at this time.

What does a Unit Commissioner do?

A Unit Commissioner’s main purpose is to help the unit succeed.  There are various ways they do this, and some of it depends on the unit itself of course, but in general, a unit commissioner is a leader who is experienced and knowledgeable about Scouting and can help the unit navigate through all the bumps, especially if they are a new unit.  For those familiar with the “Stages of team development,” you know that a newly formed unit is bound to encounter some storms along the way.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone there whose sole focus is to help your unit succeed?  As our Council goes through the inevitable changes over the next while, there is and will continue to be a great need for commissioners.

How do I know if I’m qualified?

Do you believe in Scouting?  Then, of course, you will want to help Scouting succeed in Utah.  If you have a bit of time to make visits to units and help answer their questions… YOU can be a Unit Commissioner!  You don’t even need to have a whole lot of knowledge.  Like every other position in Scouting, there is training available to help you do your best. You could start with Unit Commissioner Basic Training on my.scouting.org.  You don’t even have to be registered as a commissioner to take the training or to find out more about it.

“New-Unit” Commissioner?

A Unit Commissioner usually serves 3 different units.  However, for “New-Unit Commissioners” or Commissioners assigned to a brand new unit, it should be a 1 to 1 ratio.  Being a Unit Commissioner to a brand new unit takes a little more work and time than just checking in with an already established unit. We hope to be seeing lots of brand new units soon in our council so that makes the need for Commissioners even greater.  Think about it – This may be where you can serve most effectively.

How & Where can I find out more?

First – Attend one of the 2019 Commissioner Conferences shown above.  Then you can check out these links to 4 different blog articles that might help you as well.

I wrote a blog article a while back called “What is a Unit Commissioner” that gives more detail about their duties.

Another recent article that is a part of the Scout Ambassador Tool Chest series can be found here.

And yet another great article can be found here.

If you are part of a unit wondering why you might want/need a unit commissioner I compared having a unit commissioner to having a smart phone in another article I wrote here.

I want to be a Unit Commissioner!

Currently, there are a number of ways to let someone know that you would like to be a Unit Commissioner (or any other Scouting position) in a Scout unit in 2020.

  1. Come to one of the Commissioner Conferences in Nov 2019 mentioned above and let us know you want to help.
  2. Fill out the survey provided on utahscouts.org/join
  3. Talk to your current District Commissioner or District Executive. (If you are not sure who that is now with the recent district boundary changes you can find out here)
  4. Tell everyone you know that YOU want to be a Unit Commissioner!

Author Annaleis Smith is a “stay-at-home” mom of 5 (3 boys 2 girls).  She has been a Cub Scout leader since 2003.  She has also been involved with district roundtables since 2008 and various council committees (including Akela’s Council) since 2010. Annaleis currently serves as a Cubmaster, Assistant Roundtable Commissioner, and president of the Commissioner College Cabinet for UNPC She is also a member of the UNPC Executive Board.

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