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Do you know someone who used to be involved in Scouting, either as a youth, parent, or volunteer? I would like to talk to them about volunteering as a Unit Commissioner in the Lewis & Clark District. If you have suggestions of someone who could be a good candidate to serve as a Unit Commissioner, please shoot me an email, or text: firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-203-4679.
What is a Unit Commissioner? A commissioner plays several roles, including friend, representative, unit “doctor,” teacher, and counselor. Most importantly, while experience in Scouting is helpful, a willingness to listen and help are key. We can train Scouting skills, but being a good listener and helper are a lot harder to teach.
- The commissioner is a friend of the unit. Of all their roles, this one is the most important. It springs from the attitude, “I care, I am here to help,what can I do for you?” Caring is the ingredient that makes commissioner service successful. He or she is an advocate of unit needs. A commissioner who makes himself known and accepted now will be called on in future times of trouble.
- The commissioner is a representative. The average unit leader is totally occupied in working with kids. Some have little if any contact with the Boy Scouts of America other than a commissioner’s visit to their meeting. To them, the commissioner may be the BSA. The commissioner helps represent the ideals, the principles, and the policies of the Scouting movement.
- The commissioner is a unit “doctor.” In their role as “doctor,” they know that prevention is better than a cure, so they try to see that their units make good “health practices” a way of life. When problems arise, and they will even in the best unit, they act quickly. They observe symptoms, diagnose the real ailment, prescribe a remedy, and follow up on the patient.
- The commissioner is a teacher. As a commissioner, they will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the growth of unit leaders by sharing knowledge with them. They teach not just in an academic environment, but where it counts most—as an immediate response to a need to know. That is the best adult learning situation since the lesson is instantly reinforced by practical application of the new knowledge.
- The commissioner is a counselor. As a Scouting counselor, they will help units solve their own problems. Counseling is the best role when unit leaders don’t recognize a problem and where solutions are not clear-cut. Everyone needs counseling from time to time, even experienced leaders.
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When our District Volunteers and your Pack Leaders are at your Scouts’ schools, please encourage your Scouts to wear their uniform! In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be at the following schools:
See you there!
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The fall Wood Badge course is gearing up and getting ready to take place in the amazing new Lodge at K-M. Any one who has not visited this wonderful new facility will be in awe of the massive size and beauty of the lodge and the meeting space.
The course runs from September 12, Thursday, at 7:00 am to September 14, Saturday at 5:00 pm and September 26, Thursday at 7:00 am to September 28, Saturday at 3:30pm.
Register by this Friday (August 23rd) and have all your course fees taken care of by the start of camp and you will, as a bonus, have the course T-shirt included with your registration fee. Register online at Tentaroo Registration for the East Wood Badge course.
Tuition assistance is available in the form of scholarships. Also, many units qualified for free leader training with their ICL fundraising. Contact me or your unit committee chair for details.
If anyone has any questions about camp please feel free to email or text me.
I hope to see you at camp!
Yours in Scouting, Beverly Nuebel – Wood Badge W2-315-19-2 Course Directornuebelb@yahoo.com(406)459-2825
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