Unit Service Corner

Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America. 


District Commissioners* 




G.P. Jones

Prairie Winds


Annette Roe

Woodland Trails


Dan Flaherty Twin Rivers dflah@msn.com


Retention Mission Statement

The retention mission of the commissioner corps is best achieved by providing an adequate number of trained unit commissioners who provide a link to district committee resources in support of a quality unit program.

Unit commissioners will focus on the following four primary areas:

  • Supporting unit growth in the Journey to Excellence criteria: JTE measures performance characteristics that unlock the door to a successful unit. We should analyze the unit's program and identify JTE areas where help is needed to move the unit to a higher level of JTE success.
  • Linking district committee resources to the unit: We should support the district committee's delivery of a "catalog of services" to support the specific JTE elements needed for a particular unit's health and success.
  • Visiting units and logging the visits into the Unit Visit Tracking System (UVTS): Our core task remains visiting the unit. UVTS input feeds critical information to the district committee to help link resources to the unit.
  • Supporting on-time charter renewal: The commissioner's focus is the retention of the unit, though we should be especially mindful of supporting new youth membership efforts as we move more toward a volunteer-led, professionally guided approach to increasing membership.

Roles the Commissioner Plays

How Are Commissioners Selected?




Program Planning Support

 “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

Quality Scouting programs begin with program planning.  Unit program planning is an annual process where a Unit invites all families to have input in the program and activities of the Unit.  It is also the process of selecting great activities, developing a Unit calendar and budget and sharing the plan with all the families.

Benefits to a strong Unit program plan include:

  • Well run, high quality activities for youth
  • More parent involvement
  • More youth participating in outdoor programs, including summer camp
  • More funding with less fundraising, reducing the out of pocket expenses for parents
  • More fun for everyone

Camp Card Information

Council Calendar Insurance information
Activity Consent Form Internet Advancement
Heath and Medical Record Campfire Program Planning District Award of Merit form
Religious Emblems Program Guide to Safe Scouting Internet Rechartering overview
Scout Shop information Mitigwa Scout Reservation usage Outdoor Program Guidelines
Silver Beaver Nomination form Tour Plan Worksheet Unit Budget Plan
On-line Training Unit Money Earning Application Youth Protection Training
Journey to Excellence Workership Program  


BSA - Troop Program Planning Conference

Building Blocks of Scouting
Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
Order of the Arrow Troop Open House
Troop Program Planning Chart Troop Program Features 1
Troop Program Features 2 Troop Program Features 3
Year-round guide to recruiting Troop Calendar Template
Troop Resource Survey  

Venturing/Exploring Program Planning

Crew Program Planning Calendar

Crew Monthly Program Forum Exploring Youth Leader Guide
Crew Budget Form Exploring Adult Leader Guide
Activity Interest Survey  

2016 Council Commissioner Staff

Elizabeth Robinson

Commissioner Tools


Scott Moline

Training and Development


Tom Ransom




Linda Dedecker

Youth Protection Champion


Brian Stockton

Round Table Commissioner


Dave Cook

Venture – Exploring Liaison


Marv Wilson

Council Commissioner