Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of packs, troops, crews and ships. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America.
The commissioner is the liaison between the local council and Scouting units. The commissioner’s mission is to keep units operating at maximum efficiency, maintain regular contact with unit leaders, counsel leaders on where to find assistance, note weaknesses in programs, and suggest remedies. The commissioner is successful when units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting to their members. Contact your district leadership or district commissioner to determine the unit commissioner assigned to your unit.
River District Commissioner Corps
District Commissioner – Rick Shelton, he has served in this position since 2017. He is also the Scoutmaster for Troop 51 and has served on many committees and programs in our District over the years. He leads a team of Assistant District Commissioners, Unit Commissioners, and the Roundtable Commissioners. You can contact Rick by email Here.
Assistant District Commissioner/Roundtable – Jim Matthews
A trained commissioner is an effective commissioner. Commissioners should take Commissioner Fast Start training online. Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to position-specific courses for unit commissioners, assistant district commissioners, assistant commissioners and Roundtable commissioners. Commissioners are encouraged to attend the College of Commissioners Science as they are available, Find a commissioner training course near you.
New Commissioner Tools
Commissioner Tools is a new tool available on the new my.Scouting Tools. Commissioner Tools are used by commissioners to record both unit contacts and monthly roundtable attendance. The tools are intended to help commissioners better perform (not change) current functions by improving efficiency and easy access of information.
Unit Service Plan
The Unit Service Plan is a tool to strengthen a unit and enable it to offer the best possible program to the youth it serves. A collaborative effort between the unit’s leaders, its chartered organization, the unit commissioner, and the district operating committee, it establishes a customized annual plan that is periodically reviewed and updated to provide continuing improvement.
Commissioner Manuals and Resources
- Commissioner Manuals and Resources
- Commissioner Field Book for Unit Service (No. 33621) is a book for unit commissioners and for those who coach and guide unit commissioners.
- Administration of Commissioner Service, (No. 34501) is for all commissioners and includes administration, basic commissioner training, and continuing education
- Unit Performance Guideis for all commissioners and is the approved BSA best method strategy for creating and sustaining high-performing units for local councils.
- Commissioner Training Resources
- Commissioner Assessment Forms
- Unit Assessment Forms
- Commissioner Awards and Recognition
- The Commissioner, BSA commissioner newsletter