What is a Unit Commissioner

Unit commissioners help units succeed with a good program that attracts and retains youth members.

Perhaps no other members of the unit service team have a more important or demanding responsibility.  As friends, coaches, and counselors of unit leaders, unit commissioners operate quietly, generally in the
background. They are effective communicators, providing the resources of the district and council to the units they serve. They aid the chartered organizations that operate the units through charters from the Boy Scouts of America.

Occasionally, unit commissioners find it necessary to recommend changes in personnel or in the way a unit is operating. Such action is taken with good judgment and tact and involves the chartered organization. Units are people.

To help units succeed, today’s commissioners must be people-oriented more than procedures-oriented.  They are truly a council’s front-line diplomats. Because Scouting operates mostly by persuasion rather than by legislation, commissioners must exercise the highest degree of diplomacy.

Unit Commissioner Qualities

Perhaps no single description fits all situations. So, consider the following qualities, and apply them as you recruit and assign commissioners to fit the needs of your district and its units.
  • Be an effective communicator.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Have sound judgment.
  • Be tactful.
  • Have a Scouting background or be a fast-track learner.
  • Be persistent and patient.
  • Be adaptable.
  • Know and practice Scouting ideals.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Fulfill promises.
  • Be a team player.
  • Be a coach.