All these years of training classes gives these folks who want to be commissioners something to do...instead of you know....commissioner stuff
The commissioner program is great in the abstract. The actual process of a commissioner doing some action to support youth programming at the unit level is often not there.
I have worked with 6 different units in 2 different councils. In my 30 plus years on adult leadership I think I have seen a commissioner twice actually in the wild (you know at a unit). I have seen many of them at council events, camps, etc hanging out...commissioning (I guess that is a verb)
Sort of like with fundraising...Do we have commissioners so we have good Scout Troops OR do we have Scout troops so we have commissioners
The best feedback?
Roundtable, camporees, and jamborees. Be honest to other scouters about how you operate and compare notes.
Look for the scouts with the biggest smiles on their faces and say, "Take me to your leader."
Here is what is listed through the Western Massachusetts Council Sorry for the breaks and length.
Current registration as a Commissioner, Current BSA YPT Certificate, Completion of "Commissioner Basic Training"
Completion of seven courses of instruction, at least 5 of the courses at the Bachelor's program level
Roundtable Bachelor Degree (some councils require 2 year commitment)
Current registration as a commissioner, Current BSA YPT Cert. Completion of "Roundtable Commissioner Basic Training"
Completion of seven courses of instruction, at least 5 of the courses at the RT Bachelors program level.
Current registration as a commissioner, Current BSA YPT cert, Earned Arrowhead Honor, Completion of Bachelor's degree or have been awarded the COmmissioner's Key
Completion of seven additional courses of instruction (total of 14), at least 7 of the courses at the Master's level
Current registration as a commissioner, Current BSA YPT cert, Completion of "RT Commissioner Basic Training", Completion of Bachelor's Degree or have been awarded the COmmissioner's Key
Completion of seven courses of instruction, at least 5 of the courses at the RT Bachelor program level
Doctoral Candidate Certificate
Current registration as a commissioner, Current BSA YPT, Completion of Master's degree, Have been awarded the Commissioner Key
Note: Earning the Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree does not automatically qualify you to receive the Doctorate of Commissioner Service Knot Award!!!
Completion of 10 additional courses of instruction (total of 24), at least 5 of the courses at the Doctor's or Continuing Education program level, courses may not have previously been counted toward other college degrees.
Thesis or Project:
This can be on any topic related to Commissioner Service, The topic must be pre0approved by the College of Commissioner Science Committee, Complete the thesis/project using the approved format as determined by the college. Completion of a thesis or research project on any topic of value to Scouting, The topic and final paper must be approved by the Doctoral Review Committee.
Doctor of Commissioner Science Knot Award:
Doctor of Commissioner Science Knot Award
Current Registration as a Commissioner, Current BSA YPT Cert. Completion of Doctoral Degree, Tenure (Serve as a Commissioner for a minimum of 5 years (years need not be consecutive), Service can be in one or more roles or positions Commissioner of service
Recruit or assist in recruiting at least 3 new Commissioners during tenure as a commissioner.
Approval of Council or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner
Objective is to develop Scouts as leaders and have Scouts experience democracy. We also do not have school teachers take the tests with the students. So not at all "odd." Sadly, BSA fails to train the adults properly, for example omitting explanation of Patrol Method even as they abandon it de facto for the adult-led troop method.