Commissioner Service

Commissioner-Triptic

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.

2024 Charter Renewal PowerPoint Greater Tampa Bay Area Council

Where to recharter?  Unit and membership renewal.

 

 


OUR MISSION

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.

OUR VISION

Every member of the BSA has a great Scouting experience. 

OUR OBJECTIVES

  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.

OUR GOALS

  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.

OUR METHODS

  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 Bill Guglielmi acting Director of Field Service, by, e-mail 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 my.Scouting.org  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

2024 College of Commissioner Science       

  • May 18th,  2024: 8:30am-5:00pm, Greater Tampa Bay Area Council’s Tampa Service Center, 13228 N. Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33612
    Complete Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral courses on premises.
  • Contact Doc Torres, by e-mail  
  • Contact Staff Travis Emery, by e-mail
  • On line registration:  REGISTRATION FOR COMMISSIONER COLLEGE 2024
  • Choice of lunch:

    A)    Roast Beef/Munster Cheese Whole Sub with side, 2 cookies and drink,

    B)    Italian/Provolone Cheese Whole Sub with side, 2 cookies and drink,

    C)    Strawberry-Glaze Pecan Executive Box Salad with chips, Fruit and a drink.

 

Commissioner College Saturday 18th May, 2024

Greater Tampa Bay Area Service Center, 3228 N Central Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

8:15am: Check-in begins

8:30am: Opening Ceremonies & Recognition

9:00am – 4:50pm: 7 sessions of courses / lunch

5:00 Degrees presented, and Closing

Registration Fee: $15.00 ($10 Early Discount) includes, certificate, and course materials. Lunch will be provided.

With as many of our pre-registrations being out of state and/or ZOOM, and with

 

Please register and pay here: https://scoutingevent.com/089-2024CoCS

 

 

The college of commissioner science is an annual training event for registered commissioners.  It is an opportunity to have a continuing education experience in a college environment.  It helps the commissioner stay current in policy, techniques and application of commissioner service to units.

The purpose of the College of Commissioner Science is to provide supplemental training for all functions in the council and district related to commissioner service. It is recognized that commissioners are key to the continued health and growth of the units in the council.

BACHELOR OF COMMISSIONER SCIENCE DEGREE

Credit for a Bachelor of Commissioner Science Degree will be granted by this College if the participant Commissioner completes the following:

PREREQUISITES:

  • Has up-to-date Youth Protection Training
  • Has current BSA Youth Protection Training Certificate
  • Completion of “Commissioner Basic Training”

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completion of seven courses of instruction, at least five of the courses at the Bachelor’s program level.

MASTERS OF COMMISSIONER SCIENCE DEGREE

Credit for a Masters of Commissioner Science Degree will be granted by this College if the participant Commissioner completes the following:

PREREQUISITES:

  • Current registration as a Commissioner
  • Current BSA Youth Protection Training Certificate
  • Has earned the Arrowhead Honor.
  • Have received a Bachelor of Commissioner Science Degree or a Bachelor of Roundtable Degree, or has been awarded the Commissioner’s Key.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completion of seven (7) additional courses of instruction (total of 14), at least seven of the courses at the Master’s level.

 

DOCTOR OF COMMISSIONER SCIENCE DEGREE

Note: Earning the Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree does not qualify you to receive the Doctorate of Commissioner Service Knot Award.

PREREQUISITES:

  • Current registration as a Commissioner
  • Current BSA Youth Protection Training Certificate
  • Completion of Master’s Degree.
  • Have been awarded the Commissioner’s Key.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completion of 10 additional courses of instruction (total of 24) at least five of the courses at the Doctorate or Continuing Education program level. Courses

    may not have previously been counted toward other college degrees.

THESIS OR PROJECT:

  • It is recommended that the topic of a project or thesis be directly related to unit service. There may be specific circumstances under which a topic related to another area of Scouting would be appropriate. Local councils have the authority to approve topics related to another area of Scouting when selecting one directly related to unit service isn’t appropriate or practical. The council commissioner or designee may authorize an alternate topic. This can be on any topic related to Commissioner Service.

  • The topic must be pre-approved by the college of commissioner science committee. Complete the thesis/project using the approved format as determined by the college. The topic and final paper must be approved by the doctoral review committee. All segments(proposal, proposal acceptance, thesis/project completion, thesis acceptance) of the degree must be approved by the college of commissioner science.

COMMISSIONER PERFORMANCE:

  • Serve for at least one year on the college of commissioner science staff (instructor or support staff), or work with training support for commissioners for at least one year.

DOCTORATE OF COMMISSIONER SCIENCE SERVICE KNOT AWARD

Credit for a Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree will be granted by this College if the participant Commissioner fulfills the following:

PREREQUISITES:

  • Current registration as a Commissioner
  • Current BSA Youth Protection Training Certificate
  • Completion of Doctoral Degree in Commissioner Science

TENURE:

  • Serve as a commissioner for a minimum of 5 years. (Years need not be consecutive). This service can be in one or more roles or positions commissioner of service.

RECRUITING:

  • Recruit or assist in recruiting at least three new commissioners during tenure as a commissioner.

FINAL APPROVAL:

  • Approval of council or assigned assistant council commissioner.

BSA SUGGESTED STATEMENT OF COURSE WORK RECIPROCITY

“The College of Commissioner Science accepts a Commissioner’s course work from any Boy Scouts of America College of Commissioner Science provided that an official transcript is made available.”

The College of Commissioner Science will credit courses from another council to be applied towards a College of Commissioner Science Degree if prior approval has been obtained from the current Dean of the College of Commissioner Science.

Classes taken at a University of Scouting that are not listed in the BSA National Curriculum (http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/commissioners/training.aspx) will not be accepted for credit. The College will also honor Commissioner courses taken at the Philmont Training Center. (Please submit a transcript to the College of Commissioner Science Registrar.)

 

DEGREE RECOGNITION

The College of Commissioner Science will continue to recognize degrees earned from other Boy Scouts of America College of Commissioner Science and Philmont Training Center College of Commissioner Science degrees provided that an official transcript is made available.

 

AWARD RECOGNITION

The College of Commissioner Science will honor all Commissioner Arrowhead, Commissioner Key, Distinguished Commissioner, and the Commissioner Award of Excellence in Unit Service, and the Doctor of Commissioner Science Awards.

 

COLLEGE STAFF

Greater Tampa Bay Area Council President – Benson Porter

Council Commissioner – Matthew Cordani, G. T. B. A. C.

Dean of the College – Dr. G. S. Torres, G. T. B. A. C.

Dean of Bachelors – Matt Cordani, G. T. B. A. C.

Dean of Masters – xxxxxxxxx, Ft. Brooke

Dean of Doctoral – J. Ronayne, Miccosukee

Registrar – Bob Huff, Pathfinder

Assistant Registrar – Matt Cordani, G. T. B. A. C.

 

2024 GREATER TAMPA BAY AREA COUNCIL COLLEGE OF COMMISSIONER SCIENCE

Dr. G. S. Torres, Program Director

   May 18th, 2024

0815-0830                            Welcome to the Greater Tampa Bay Area’s 2020 College of Commissioner Science

 

0830-0855                             Opening ceremonies

                                              Guest Speaker – Matt Cordani, GTBA Council Commissioner

                               Bachelors Degree                        Masters Degree                          Doctoral Degree

Period 1                 BCS 104                                                 MCS 306                                              DCS 501

0900 – 0950           Contacting Units                                   Mentoring Skills                                 Select Proj/Thesis Topic

Presenter              Matt Cordani                                          TBN                                                      Dr. Eric Renker

Room                     Main Conf. Rm.                                       Back Conf. Rm.                                    Rose Conf. Rm

  

Period 2                 BCS 113                                                MCS 309                                               DCS 502

1000 – 1050           Welcome, Engage/Onboard Comm    Comm. Need Head/Heart                  Limit Scope of the Topic

Presenter              Graciela Hirigoyen                                TBN                                                    TBN

Room                     Main Conf. Rm.                                      Back Conf. Rm.                                     Rose Conf. Rm

 

 Period 3                BCS 115                                                MCS 310                                               DCS 503

1100 – 1150           Commissioners, Best Resource!       Sucession Planning                            Develope Your Proj/Thesis

Presenter              Mark Kriz                                               TBN                                                      Bill Haggard

Room                     Main Conf. Rm.                                      Main Conf. Rm                                       Main Conf. Rm

 

1200 – 1300  LUNCH with NST 16 Commissioner James Thielen, Nat. Special Needs & Disabilities Committee Chair Warren Wenner,

                     Council President Benson Porter, Council Commissioner Nick Digirolamo, past Council Commissioner Bill Guglielmi

Room                                                                                      Cafeteria

Lunch included

Choice of:

A)    Two pieces fried chicken, potato wedges, coleslaw, desert and a drink

B)    Pulled pork, onion fries, coleslaw, desert and a drink,

C)    Whole Veggie Wrap, desert and a drink.

 

Period 4                 BCS 120                                                MCS 313                                                DCS 507

1300 – 1350           Tech for Unit Commissioners            Onboarding Commissioners               Be Proj/Thesis Advisor

Presenter              Mark Kriz                                               TBN                                                       Matt Kamat

Room                     Main Conf. Rm.                                      Back Conf. Rm.                                    Rose Conf. Rm

 

Period 5                 BCS 121                                                MCS 351                                               DCS 514

1400 – 1450           Tools for Admin. Commissioners      Conduct RT Planning Sesson            Build Meaningful Relations

Presenter              Tim Bobo                                              TBN                                                      Theresa Ronayne

Room                     Main Conf. Rm.                                      Back Conf. Rm.                                     Rose Conf. Rm

 

Period 6                 BCS 150                                               MCS 358                                               DCS 516

1500 – 1550          Roundtables in Unit Service              Address Unit Challenges Thru RT     Unit Service Plan & District

Presenter              Chris Perry                                           TBN                                                       Charles Love

Room                     Main Conf. Rm.                                      Back Conf. Rm.                                    Rose Conf. Rm

 

Period 7                CED 716                                                CED 716                                               CED 716

1600 – 1650          Navigating Difficult Conversations   Navigating Difficult Conversations   Navi. Diff. Conversations

Presenter              TBN                                                      TBN                                                        TBN 

Room                    Main Conf. Rm.                                      Main Conf. Rm                                      Main Conf. Rm

 

1700 – 1720                   GRADUATION – Bachelors, Masters Colleges and Doctoral Colleges

Room                                                                                             Main Conf. Rm.

Please register and pay here:  https://scoutingevent.com/089-63811

 

Meet your Commissioners

Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Commissioner Corps

Council Commissioner

Assistant Council Commissioners

  • Matt Kamat                              District Support
  • Bill Haggard                             Administration
  • Dr. Eric Renker                        Special Projects
  • Dr. G. S. Torres                       Continuing Education
  • Jim Ronayne                           Special Needs Scouting
  • Christopher Perry                    Roundtable Commissioner
  • Tom McMullen                         Sea Scouts, Venturing, OA

District Commissioners and Executives

Eastern Service Area

Timucua

District Chair – Jason Jones

District Commissioner – Donna Williams

District Director – Kellye Williams

Withlacoochee

District Chair – Judge Stephen Toner

District Commissioner – John Coble

District Executive – Emily Thomas

Thunderbird

District Chair – Todd Parrish

District Commissioner – Art Dye

District Executive – Alex Klausing

Lake Region

District Chair – Vacant

District Commissioner – Elissa Motter

District Executive  – Alex Klausing

 

Western Service Area

Skyway

District Chair – Vacant

District Chair – Danny Wendt

District Executive – Vacant

Miccosukee

District Chair – Vacant

District Commissioner – Charles Love

District Executive – Kyle Molldene

Suncoast

District Chair – Brian Lehmann

District Commissioner – Tim Bobo

District Executive – Vacant

 

Central Service Area

Fort Brooke

District Chair – Judge Thomas Palermo

District Commissioner – John Gray

District Director – Jeremy Twachtman

Pathfinder

District Chair – Rachelle Bedke

District Commissioner – Dr. G. S. Torres

District Professional – Kamara Mikel

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