Commissioner Service


Commissioners are district and council volunteer leaders who help Scout units succeed. Commissioners coach and regularly consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, Explorer Posts and Sea Scout Ships. They help maintain the standards of the BSA through maintaining regular contact with unit leaders, counseling leaders on where to find assistance, noting weaknesses in programs and suggesting remedies to improve. The commissioner is successful when units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting to their members.

Meet your Commissioners

Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Commissioner Corps

Council Commissioner

Assistant Council Commissioners

  • Matt Kamat                              Administration
  • Dr. Eric Renker                        Special Projects
  • Dr. G. Torres                            Dean College of Commissioner Science

District Commissioners and Executives

Commissioner District District Executive Mobile Phone
Mike Eldert Fort Brooke Jeremy Twachtman (813) 624-9764
Vacant Lake Region Vacant
Charles Love Miccosukee Ryan Cooper (863) 370-7608
Michael Taylor Suncoast Mindy Sanders (813) 317-4102
Vacant Skyway Patrick Brennan (727) 336-9403
Art Dye Thunderbird Catherine Ardes (863) 632-1934
Donna Williams Timucua Kyle Molldene (407) 301-6622
Vacant Withlacoochee Brandon Kathman (352) 459-9375
Dr. G. Torres Pathfinder Jason Borton (813) 624-9764

District Roundtable Commissioners:

Christopher Perry Fort Brooke
Vacant Lake Region
Vacant Miccosukee
Vacant Suncoast
Steven Luther Skyway
Randall MacDonald Thunderbird
Donna Williams Timucua
Stevie Oden Withlacoochee


As commissioners, we share the BSA’s mission: To prepare youth to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


Every member of the BSA has a great Scouting experience. 


  1. Supporting unit growth and retention through the journey to excellence.
  2. Contacting units and capturing in commissioner tools their strengths, needs, and a unit service plan that enables continuing improvement.
  3. Linking unit needs to district operating committee and other resources.
  4. Supporting timely unit, district, and council charter renewals.
  5. Supporting unit leaders by collecting and distributing information, enabling program training, and providing networking opportunities.


  1. Enable an increased number of traditional units.
  2. Enable the retention rate of traditional units.
  3. Enable implementation of a unit service plan through collaborative detailed assessments and an increased number of significant unit contacts.


  1. The UPG Methodology
  2. New Member Coordinators
  3. Unit Key 3
  4. The Unit Service Plan
  5. Journey to Excellence
  6. My.Scouting Tools (Including Commissioner Tools)
  7. Continuous Recruiting
  8. Assigning Resources to Greatest Needs

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.


Maybe you’d like to be a Commissioner?

It’s a great Scouting job, and very rewarding. Commissioners in the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council have many years of experience in Scouting, but that’s not a requirement! Even if you are new to Scouting, if you like working with people to promote good Scouting and solve problems, and you are willing to take advantage of the many Commissioner training opportunities put on throughout the year, you may be a great candidate for this area of Scouting service. Just contact Jeff Rock, Director of Field Service, by email, and you will be on your way. The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Commissioner Corps is currently looking for volunteers at the Unit Commissioner level for all districts.

Commissioner Qualifications

  • Trained Scouter (or willing to be trained)
  • Meet basic Boy Scouts of America membership requirements
  • Willing to visit and regularly contact Scout units
  • Willing to attend district activities
  • Be pro-district and pro-council
  • Willing to attend monthly commissioner staff meetings
  • Willing to live by the Scout Oath and Law


Commissioner Tools Updates (Commissioner Tools 2.0)

Commissioner Tools is available via the  portal. Commissioner Tools helps commissioners perform by providing access to information critical to supporting units. Here are a few examples of Commissioner Tools capabilities:

  • Assign commissioners to units.
  • Record contacts. A commissioner is most effective through frequent contact with units to build a friendly and trusting relationship.
  • Roundtable administrations. Plan, record attendance, and monitor effectiveness.
  • Conduct assessments to help a unit improve. In concert with the Unit Service Plan and Journey to Excellence (JTE), the tool provides the ability to record the results and build action plans that may access and incorporate district, council, and other resources beyond the unit.
  • Monitor a unit’s progress. Access unit information.

Commissioner Tools PowerPoint presentation. Includes speaker notes that could be used for local training. Note: For the sake of completeness and to promote learning through repetition, there intentionally is some overlap between this presentation and the Unit Service Plan presentation.

Updates to Commissioner ToolsThis is the most recent update information regarding changes and improvements made to commissioner tools.

 Unit Service Plan

Commissioner Resources and Manuals

Commissioner Assessment Forms

 Pack Detailed Assessment Blank Form       Team Detailed Assessment Blank Form


Crew Detailed Assessment Blank Form          Team Detailed Assessment Blank Form


Ship Detailed Assessment Blank Form

Unit Assessment Forms

Pack Assessment Blank Form         Troop Assessment Blank Form          Crew Assessment Blank Form  


Ship Assessment Blank Form          Team Assessment Blank Form

Upcoming Training


This patch should be on your shoulder.

College of Commissioner Science        

  • October 31st, 2020: 8:30am-5:00pm, Greater Tampa Bay Area Council’s Tampa Service Center, 13228 N. Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33612
    CollCommScience_4kComplete Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral courses offered.
  • Contact Doc Torres, by e-mail  
  • Contact Staff Advisor-Dwayne Jones
  • Mail in with check:  REGISTRATION FOR COMMISSIONER COLLEGE 2020 pdf
  • On line registration: You must fill out the form found HERE then you must pay HERE


Have questions or feedback about this page? Last updated April 18, 2020

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Randall M. MacDonald



Assistant Council Commissioner

Email | 813-786-5196