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Bachelor of Commissioner Science Instructors: Richard Benner, David Carleton, Gene Letner, Chris Porras, Walt Bachelor of Commissioner Science Instructors: Richard Benner, David Carleton, Gene Letner, Chris Porras, Walt Robbins

l Name l Commissioner job l Scouting experience l Name l Commissioner job l Scouting experience

l BS 104, Unit Visitation (R) l BS 102, Rechartering (R) l BS 103, l BS 104, Unit Visitation (R) l BS 102, Rechartering (R) l BS 103, The District (O) l BS 105, Solutions (O) l BS 106, Priorities (O) l Or — any optional Masters or Doctoral class

BCS 101 Introduction to Commissioner Science Instructor: BCS 101 Introduction to Commissioner Science Instructor:

l Need a dynamic commissioner staff l Commissioner role is different l Quality depends l Need a dynamic commissioner staff l Commissioner role is different l Quality depends on commissioners l Resources help commissioners succeed l You aren’t an expert in everything l Know where to go to get help l First resource: Commissioner Fieldbook

l Resource of information l Experience of hundreds of commissioners l Resource of information l Experience of hundreds of commissioners

l Overview l Use with video: Helping Units Succeed l Overview l Use with video: Helping Units Succeed

l Help units succeed! l l l Max efficiency Good program More members l l Help units succeed! l l l Max efficiency Good program More members l Results oriented, not procedures l Roles l l l Friend of the unit Representative of the BSA Unit “doctor” Teacher Counselor

l District Commissioner l Assistant District Commissioners l Unit Commissioners l l Roundtable Commissioners l District Commissioner l Assistant District Commissioners l Unit Commissioners l l Roundtable Commissioners District Executive

l l We care — listen! Unit contacts l l l l Frequency Unit l l We care — listen! Unit contacts l l l l Frequency Unit meeting visits Unit committee visits Other contacts Annual commissioner service plan Other ways to help a unit Quality Unit Award Do unit service first!

l Frontline diplomat l Exceptional service l Roots and wings l Service recovery: How l Frontline diplomat l Exceptional service l Roots and wings l Service recovery: How to right a wrong

l Watch the vital signs l Go into action fast l Hurry cases l Watch the vital signs l Go into action fast l Hurry cases

l “Ability to listen and react in a way that will help others solve l “Ability to listen and react in a way that will help others solve their own problems”

l BCS 102 covers unit charter renewal l Commissioner’s goal—“on time” l BCS 102 covers unit charter renewal l Commissioner’s goal—“on time”

l Orientation video l Personal coaching / orientation l Basic training l Arrowhead Honor l Orientation video l Personal coaching / orientation l Basic training l Arrowhead Honor l Commissioner’s Key l Continuing education

l A list of basic helps l A list of basic helps

l Commissioner Fieldbookis your guide l Only a tool l You have to build l Commissioner Fieldbookis your guide l Only a tool l You have to build something with it

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BCS 102 Unit Charter Renewal Instructor: Richard Benner BCS 102 Unit Charter Renewal Instructor: Richard Benner

l BSA does not own Scouting units l Annual franchise to chartered partners l l BSA does not own Scouting units l Annual franchise to chartered partners l Chartered partners are: l Churches l Schools / PTAs l Service clubs l Businesses and labor unions

l Before the charter date (expiration date) l Most are one year l Minimum l Before the charter date (expiration date) l Most are one year l Minimum 6 months, maximum 18 months l Each council has a preferred pattern l BDAC l LDS - December 31 st l Community - January 31 st

l District Executive visits Institution Head Friendly visit or l l District Executive visits Institution Head Friendly visit or l "How can I help" l

l Membership inventory l Set review meeting l Uniform inspection? l Membership inventory l Set review meeting l Uniform inspection?

l Available 60 days before charter expires l (Until 60 days after, i. e. l Available 60 days before charter expires l (Until 60 days after, i. e. drops) l On local council web site l Easy to use l Sends electronic version to council office l Prints paper copy for signatures l Must be turned in as usual

l Charter review meeting l Youth l Adults l Fees l Approvals l Quality l Charter review meeting l Youth l Adults l Fees l Approvals l Quality Unit status l Plans

l Charter turn-in night l Charter turn-in night

l Charter presentation l Chartered partner and l The unit l Sample presentation in. l Charter presentation l Chartered partner and l The unit l Sample presentation in. Commissioner Fieldbook

l Who has the forms? l Why? l What can you do about it? l Who has the forms? l Why? l What can you do about it? l Reorganize before charter expiration

l Headers l Adults l Age l Applications l Youth l Applications l Boys’ l Headers l Adults l Age l Applications l Youth l Applications l Boys’ Life

l Use the tutorial l Multiple registration is in the Update Fee section l l Use the tutorial l Multiple registration is in the Update Fee section l After final transmission, must make pen changes l Must have signatures and money l Fee computation does not include insurance l With 2 or more units, don’t transmit until all done l Complete a Quality Unit application for all units

l Keep the unit charter renewal process simple l ONLY registration, Boys’ Life, Quality l Keep the unit charter renewal process simple l ONLY registration, Boys’ Life, Quality Unit l Anticipate anything that could delay on-time charter renewal l Unit problem l Leader or institution head out of town l Etc.

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BCS 103 The Commissioner and the District Instructor: Chris. Porras BCS 103 The Commissioner and the District Instructor: Chris. Porras

Volunteers and Professionals Working Together Volunteers and Professionals Working Together

District Organization District Organization

Council Organization Council Organization

Successful Districts Successful Districts

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BCS 104 Unit Visitation Instructor: Walt Robbins BCS 104 Unit Visitation Instructor: Walt Robbins

l Unit meetings l Unit committee meetings l Individual get-together with unit leader l l Unit meetings l Unit committee meetings l Individual get-together with unit leader l Visit with other unit adults l Effective phone contacts

l Friend of the unit l How can you help the unit? l Know l Friend of the unit l How can you help the unit? l Know what is best for unit success l Strengthen unit adult roles l Commissioner is in the background l Be helpful, not critical l Better to call first l Know units, do homework, know what to expect

l l l l l Watch and listen Do not disrupt the meeting Stay l l l l l Watch and listen Do not disrupt the meeting Stay long enough Don’t take notes Chat with other adults on the sideline Get to know the boys Don’t distract the leader Give a chance to mention problems Take some freebies

l After — fill out commissioner worksheet l Determine priority needs l How can l After — fill out commissioner worksheet l Determine priority needs l How can you be most helpful? l Discuss special needs with ADC / DE

l Brainstorm ways to help l Prioritize your units l Keep a positive attitude l Brainstorm ways to help l Prioritize your units l Keep a positive attitude

l l l l Notify youth and adults in advance Hand out uniform inspection l l l l Notify youth and adults in advance Hand out uniform inspection sheets in advance Prepare your team before the inspection Inspect the inspectors first 1 -2 inspectors per den / patrol Give an honest grade, move on Don’t sweat the small stuff Compliment the boys and adults

l “Ability to listen and react in a way that will help others solve l “Ability to listen and react in a way that will help others solve their own problems”

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BCS 105 Practical Solutions to Common Unit Needs Instructor: David Carleton BCS 105 Practical Solutions to Common Unit Needs Instructor: David Carleton

l Succeed l Develop a better program l Operate more effectively l Succeed l Develop a better program l Operate more effectively

l Review worksheets— Commissioner Helps l Nine / ten categories for each unit l l Review worksheets— Commissioner Helps l Nine / ten categories for each unit l Unit profile l “Some Ways to Help” suggestions

l Commissioner Helps for Packs, Troops and Crews l Standards based on experience and l Commissioner Helps for Packs, Troops and Crews l Standards based on experience and policy l Practical action by a commissioner

l l l l St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church has a new pastor who l l l l St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church has a new pastor who is unfamiliar with Scouting Neither Troop 41 nor Crew 41 appear to have any program planned more than two weeks in advance. Last week you attended a pack meeting and only three parents were present. One of your assigned troops has not added a new boy member in ten months. One of your troops has very few boys in Scout uniform. At their May Pack meeting, Cubmaster Bob. Newguy tells you he looks forward to seeing you in September. The chairman of a unit committee calls and expresses concern about the adequacy of the unit’s meeting place.

l “A Cub Scout pack consists of six members, one den leader (untrained), one l “A Cub Scout pack consists of six members, one den leader (untrained), one Cubmaster (untrained), no committee members, and parents who say they are willing to help but never make a move to do so. ” l List every section of. Helps which can help you respond

l Unit Problem-Solving for Commissioners video, AV-04 V 002 l 14 problem segments l l Unit Problem-Solving for Commissioners video, AV-04 V 002 l 14 problem segments l Designed for use in commissioner meetings

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BCS 106 A Commissioner’s Priorities Instructor: Gene Letner BCS 106 A Commissioner’s Priorities Instructor: Gene Letner

l Know the unit adults l Be a friend of the unit l Understand l Know the unit adults l Be a friend of the unit l Understand the environment l Chartered organization l History and experience with Scouting l Income and education level l Inner-city neighborhood / suburban / rural l Visit often enough to be up-to-date l Beware of emphasizing the district instead of unit needs

l Keep a list of needs and problems l Evaluate your time — it l Keep a list of needs and problems l Evaluate your time — it is limited l l Concentrate your energies on main problems Focus on units that need help l Do unit service — not everything else l l l Activities are not a commissioner’s first job Say “no” when required Being a commissioner is your primary job

Unit not meeting l Unit with no leader l New unit leader lacks training Unit not meeting l Unit with no leader l New unit leader lacks training l Unit with no active committee l Unit with no new youth members l Unit with weak leadership l Conflict with chartered organization l Unit charter renewal time l

l l l l l Identify the problem Decide if it is a problem l l l l l Identify the problem Decide if it is a problem Discuss the problem with the ADC Is assistance needed from the district committee? Decide whether you will handle it alone or with the ADC Decide who is to handle the problem Plan your actions Plan your alternatives Put the plan into action Evaluate

l A commissioner is successful if the unit is a Quality Unit l Review l A commissioner is successful if the unit is a Quality Unit l Review achievements at recharter time l Make a commitment for next year l Present streamers, emblems, etc. l You make it a year-around project for them to succeed

l l Four mandatory items l Trained leader l Trained assistant leader l Outdoor l l Four mandatory items l Trained leader l Trained assistant leader l Outdoor activities l Recharter on time Minimum two of six optional items l 100% Boys’ Life (or improvement) l Advancement l Service project l Etc. , appropriate to the type of unit

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BCS 107 Youth Protection Training Instructor: BCS 107 Youth Protection Training Instructor:

Child abuse is one of “fiveunacceptables” l l l Educate Scouting volunteers, parents and Child abuse is one of “fiveunacceptables” l l l Educate Scouting volunteers, parents and Scouts to aid in the detection and prevention of child abuse Establish leader-selection procedures to prevent offenders from entering BSA leadership Establish policies that create barriers to child abuse within the program Encourage Scouts to report improper behavior in order to identify offenders quickly Swift removal and reporting of alleged offenders

l Video l Video

l Conduct annual adult YPT l Help units use proper leader-selection l Coach unit l Conduct annual adult YPT l Help units use proper leader-selection l Coach unit people if abuse occurs l Promote use of youth videos l Cub — It Happened to Me l Scout — A Time to Tell l Venturing — Personal Safety Awareness l Explain how to use youth handbook inserts l Stay up to date on YPT changes

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BCS 108 Effective Roundtables I Instructor: BCS 108 Effective Roundtables I Instructor:

l Essential elements for success l The will to do l The skill to l Essential elements for success l The will to do l The skill to do l Who should attend roundtables l When and where to hold roundtables l Why people attend

l Combined sessions l Separate sessions l Combined sessions l Separate sessions

l Preopening — exhibits, display, literature l Opening l Information and recognition l Cub l Preopening — exhibits, display, literature l Opening l Information and recognition l Cub Scout program theme / Boy Scout program feature l Closing l After the meeting

l Annual program planning l l l Annual planning conference Monthly program themes Use l Annual program planning l l l Annual planning conference Monthly program themes Use of theme managers l Quarterly planning meeting l Monthly staff meetings l l Program themes Personal resources District and council events Special dates

l Planning guides l Program Helps l Scouting magazine l Boys’ Life magazine l l Planning guides l Program Helps l Scouting magazine l Boys’ Life magazine l Scouting literature l Other resources

l BCS 109 coming up! l Effective Roundtables II l BCS 109 coming up! l Effective Roundtables II

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BCS 109 Effective Roundtables II Instructor: BCS 109 Effective Roundtables II Instructor:

l l l Regular date, time, and meeting place l “Think second Thursday” l l l l Regular date, time, and meeting place l “Think second Thursday” l Have a permanent meeting place l Dependable schedule important for attendance Reminders Newsletters Door prizes Forming a roundtable pack or troop Unit involvement — lots of people in the production

l Recognition l Promotional plans l Gimmicks, goodies, product samples l Attendance awards l l Recognition l Promotional plans l Gimmicks, goodies, product samples l Attendance awards l Personal contact is best l Phone squads l Interesting guests

l Adequate space l Adequate parking l Available year-round l Areas for split sessions l Adequate space l Adequate parking l Available year-round l Areas for split sessions l Attractive and interesting facility l Easily accessible for people with disabilities l Meets health and safety requirements

l Displays and exhibits l Program theme ideas l Council and district events l l Displays and exhibits l Program theme ideas l Council and district events l Scouting literature l Equipment l Unit show and tell l Scouting memorabilia l Trading post l Boys’ Life l Other stuff

l Information center l Announcements (keep them brief) l Written notices and packets l l Information center l Announcements (keep them brief) l Written notices and packets l Scouting “supermarket” l Physical property bank l Songs l Use of songs l Songleading tips l Songbooks

l Icebreakers, stunts, and skits l Icebreakers l Group Meeting Sparklers l Cheers and l Icebreakers, stunts, and skits l Icebreakers l Group Meeting Sparklers l Cheers and applause l Stunts and skits l Developing skits l Staging skits l Resources l Funny lost-and-found

l Games and contests l Value of games l Types of games l Use l Games and contests l Value of games l Types of games l Use of games l Recognitions l New people / new units l Units and leaders l Awards l Fun stuff

l Ceremonies l Purpose of ceremonies l Essential ingredients l Staging ceremonies l Involvement l Ceremonies l Purpose of ceremonies l Essential ingredients l Staging ceremonies l Involvement and participation l Types of ceremonies l Ceremonial props

l Action l Material l Handouts l Skills and crafts l New ideas l l Action l Material l Handouts l Skills and crafts l New ideas l Useful information l Fun l Food

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BCS 110 Commissioner Style Instructor: BCS 110 Commissioner Style Instructor:

l l l l l Be an effective commissioner Be a good listener Have l l l l l Be an effective commissioner Be a good listener Have sound judgement Be tactful Have a Scouting background or be a fast learner Be persistent and patient Be adaptable Know and practice Scouting ideals Be enthusiastic Treat everyone with respect, even when they annoy you

l Equation: Unit leader perception of help received — Help the leader expected = l Equation: Unit leader perception of help received — Help the leader expected = Exceptional district service l Exceptional service exceeds unit leader expectations rather than barely meeting expectations

l Confidence and commitment l Traditions l Campfires l Camporees l Uniforms l Ideals l Confidence and commitment l Traditions l Campfires l Camporees l Uniforms l Ideals — Law and Promise l Youth leadership l Quality programs

l Commissioners lead change l Stay relevant to young peoples’ world l Help units l Commissioners lead change l Stay relevant to young peoples’ world l Help units personal growth to embrace change l Be excited about new ideas l Relate to the community and culture

l What are specific examples of traditions and standards in Scouting that should probably l What are specific examples of traditions and standards in Scouting that should probably not change? (Roots) l What are specific example of recent changes in Scouting that we should try to quickly adapt to? (Wings)

l Find a sincere way to say “I’m sorry” l Act immediately l Take l Find a sincere way to say “I’m sorry” l Act immediately l Take the initiative l Smooth ruffled feathers l Let them know you care l Turn a blunder into an opportunity l Be prepared

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BCS 111 Health and Safety Training Instructor: BCS 111 Health and Safety Training Instructor:

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BCS 112 What Would You Do? Instructor: BCS 112 What Would You Do? Instructor:

l Small groups solve separate problems. Positive solutions for all parties l Report solutions l Small groups solve separate problems. Positive solutions for all parties l Report solutions l Select individual ideas that have broader application

l One of your friends, a new unit commissioner, meets for the first time l One of your friends, a new unit commissioner, meets for the first time with a longtime Cubmaster. While the Cubmaster is not hostile, he is decidedly formal. In the course of conversation, he says, “We don’t support Friends of Scouting in this unit because the council has never done anything for us. ” The new commissioner calls you and says, “So what do I do now? ”

l You receive a call from a harried Scoutmaster. She reports that her unit l You receive a call from a harried Scoutmaster. She reports that her unit commissioner is an impossible chauvinist who resents women being in leadership positions in Scouting. She with the backing of her unit committee, demands the immediate reassignment of the commissioner. As an ADC, your course of action would be. . .

l You receive a call from John Smith, who informs you he is the l You receive a call from John Smith, who informs you he is the new unit commissioner for Troop 1 and Pack 1. John wants to talk to you about some changes he thinks should be made in the operation and leadership of both units. He informs you that he has already spoken to the pastor of the church which holds the unit charters. You have never heard of John Smith before. What do you do next?

l You are a unit commissioner. You receive a call from an irate mother l You are a unit commissioner. You receive a call from an irate mother of a young Scout. Mom launches into a tirade about how her son’s advancement is being frustrated by members of the Scout’s unit. It seems her son had earned 17 merit badges at summer camp. He worked from 5 in the morning until 11 at night and had the approval of the provisional assistant Scoutmaster at the camp. She stated that the troop advancement committee is sitting on the blue cards, not processing them. Mom makes it clear that her son, who is 12 and a half, is going to be the youngest Eagle Scout in the nation. As soon as you hang up the phone you should. . .

l You receive a call from a single-parent father who is trying to get l You receive a call from a single-parent father who is trying to get his twin sons into a Cub pack. He has been told by all the units in the area that they are full. What would you do?

l You learn that one of your packs is telling their Cubs that denners l You learn that one of your packs is telling their Cubs that denners and assistant denners who have completed their terms can cut the cords off and continue to wear the small yellow shoulder tab. The women of the pack have voted to wear the green Venturing uniform shirt with the blue tabs. What should you start doing?

l You meet a Scoutmaster at the council service center and he complains to l You meet a Scoutmaster at the council service center and he complains to you that he can never get any information about what’s happening in the district and the council. He feels isolated and forgotten. What would you recommend.

l It has come to your attention that one of your newly assigned troops l It has come to your attention that one of your newly assigned troops has not attended a council summer camp in over six years. In fact, the troop puts on its own camp on privately owned land. The troop committee supports this program and feels the camp experience they are providing is far superior to anything happening in a council camp. Should you do anything?

l You have a unit in your area that has never, in the memory l You have a unit in your area that has never, in the memory of man, ever done its charter renewal correctly. The unit leaders refuse to attend the orientation meetings and, in fact, do not take charter renewal very seriously. Should you do anything with this unit? If so, what’s the first thing?

l The committee chairman of a newly formed Boy Scout troop calls you and l The committee chairman of a newly formed Boy Scout troop calls you and wants a laundry list of all the training opportunities for Scout leaders. Make up the list and prioritize it, showing the chairman who should take what training in what order.

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BCS 113 Service to New Units Instructor: BCS 113 Service to New Units Instructor:

l No gap in service after organizing unit l How do commissioner and organizer l No gap in service after organizing unit l How do commissioner and organizer work together? l How do they handle transition? l Make first charter presentation special l Remember Fieldbook pp. 43 -45

l First unit committee meeting l Role? l Your agenda? l Training l Fast l First unit committee meeting l Role? l Your agenda? l Training l Fast Start l New Leader Essentials l. . . Specific Training

l Youth buy-in l Venturing — officers elected and trained l Scouting — patrol l Youth buy-in l Venturing — officers elected and trained l Scouting — patrol method l Cub Scouting — dens functioning l Guide program planning l First two months

l Be a friend, not a “checker-upper” l Help start planning for major events l Be a friend, not a “checker-upper” l Help start planning for major events l Cub day camp, resident camp l Scout summer camp l Venturing superactivity

l Recognize unit successes. l Help leaders solve immediate concerns l Recognize unit successes. l Help leaders solve immediate concerns

l Play a mentoring role. Begin a trusting relationship. l How is future help l Play a mentoring role. Begin a trusting relationship. l How is future help affected? l How can you gauge trust?

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BCS 114 Good Commissioner. Professional Relationships Instructor: BCS 114 Good Commissioner. Professional Relationships Instructor:

l Volunteer – professional relationship special hallmark of BSA l Core of its success l Volunteer – professional relationship special hallmark of BSA l Core of its success l Both share responsibility for good working relationships

l What is evidence of a good relationship? l What is evidence of a good relationship?

l. Good volunteer-professional relationships are characterized by mutual trust, mutual respect, and mutual recognition l. Good volunteer-professional relationships are characterized by mutual trust, mutual respect, and mutual recognition of each other’s role and competency.

l Common goal — quality program for youth l Interdependent l Too much work l Common goal — quality program for youth l Interdependent l Too much work to be done by professionals l Professionals provide coaching / experience l Seek each other’s counsel l Professionals workwith volunteers l Should be friends

l Differences l Professional — full time, more experience l Volunteer — part time, l Differences l Professional — full time, more experience l Volunteer — part time, experience limited l Similarities l Dedicated to principles of Scouting l Desire quality program for kids

l Intentionally begin to build a good relationship with your professional from your very l Intentionally begin to build a good relationship with your professional from your very first visit. Be positive. Be enthusiastic. Be well prepared. Think in advance about the impression you want to make as one of the trusted volunteers of the district.

l Be accessible to your professional adviser. Exchange phone numbers, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, l Be accessible to your professional adviser. Exchange phone numbers, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, etc. Avoid the impression that you are too busy or annoyed when he calls. Return his calls.

l Create a welcome environment for the new professional and plan ways to incorporate l Create a welcome environment for the new professional and plan ways to incorporate him or her into the team. Remember that it’s easy for a group to turn inward and make newcomers feel awkward or unwelcome. Send a letter of introduction to appropriate volunteers from an appropriate person in authority (council president, Scout executive, etc. ). This helps a person feel good about joining the district or council. It also helps volunteers get acquainted with the new professional.

l A professional will try to make efficient use of commissioners’ time and, as l A professional will try to make efficient use of commissioners’ time and, as best they can, plan visits and meetings at times that are best for volunteers. Commissioners and professionals should help make the most efficient use of each other’s Scouting time

l Commissioners should know that they can turn to their professional for advice or l Commissioners should know that they can turn to their professional for advice or troubleshooting. Help create the kind of relationship in which you are comfortable asking for help.

l There will inevitably be some professionals you don’t like as much as others. l There will inevitably be some professionals you don’t like as much as others. That’s human nature. However, part of being a good Scouter is working with all kinds of people, even when the human chemistry isn’t just perfect. Feel free to talk with your professional partner about how you are working together.

l While you obviously want to form a Scouting relationship, it is nevertheless important l While you obviously want to form a Scouting relationship, it is nevertheless important to get to know your professional as a whole person. Most of us will feel more comfortable working with someone who is interested in other aspects of our lives as well as our Scouting responsibilities. l Keep in mind that Scouting is not a person’s only priority in life. They will have family priorities and may be active in religious and other activities.

l Let your professional adviser know if you plan to have your spouse, secretary, l Let your professional adviser know if you plan to have your spouse, secretary, or work associate assist you with a Scouting task, and how the pro can be helpful to that person.

l Develop good communication in which you and your professional really listen to and l Develop good communication in which you and your professional really listen to and understand each other.

l l In some instances the function of guiding other volunteers is shared between l l In some instances the function of guiding other volunteers is shared between you and a pro. A DE works with operating committee chairmen who also look to the district chairman for guidance. Both the DC and DE have a direct working relationship with ADCs. Unit commissioners work with both their DE and ADC. You and the professional should be careful to avoid confusion for volunteers and to ensure that they receive consistent messages and have a compatible relationship with both their volunteer leader and the professional.

l Scouting’s success is founded on volunteer talent with professional advice and support l Scouting’s success is founded on volunteer talent with professional advice and support

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BCS 115 Commissioners and Diversity Instructor: BCS 115 Commissioners and Diversity Instructor:

l USA is a unique microcosm of world’s people l A key element of l USA is a unique microcosm of world’s people l A key element of power and success as nation l PAST – “melting pot” l TODAY – “tapestry”

l BSA is growing to be a diverse organization l Does your unit / l BSA is growing to be a diverse organization l Does your unit / district reflect your community? l How about where you work? l Strength and inclusiveness from demographic growth helps us accomplish our vision

l Race l Ethnic / nationality background l Gender l Age l Marital status—single, l Race l Ethnic / nationality background l Gender l Age l Marital status—single, married, divorced l Work experience l Personality l Religion l Cultural values

l United by mission, vision, values l Cub Promise, Law of the Pack l l United by mission, vision, values l Cub Promise, Law of the Pack l Scout Oath and Law l Venturing Oath and Code l What else unites us? l Diversity = Uniqueness each brings l Built on common values, differences allow us to reach more with richer program

l Why does diversity make Scouting strong? Examples? l How can commissioners help value l Why does diversity make Scouting strong? Examples? l How can commissioners help value individuals and use diversity to make Scouting stronger? l Make a list of examples of how a commissioner can be a role model for diversity l What can commissioners do to overcome prejudices?

l l Strength of BSA lies in mission, vision, traditions, but most of all l l Strength of BSA lies in mission, vision, traditions, but most of all people Create an environment l People valued as individuals l Treated with respect, dignity, fairness l Everyone is energized to contribute l BSA and nation better for it

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