Stake Leaders and Commissioners

The Stake Role in Scouting


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The implementation and administration of Scouting is done at the ward level through the Aaronic Priesthood and Primary organizations. “Quorums may participate in Scouting activities during Mutual. Scouting should help young men put into practice the gospel principles they learn on Sunday” (Handbook 2: Administering the Church [2010], 8.13.4).“Scout activities take the place of activity days for boys ages 8 through 11. To maintain a gospel focus in Scout activities, leaders use the Faith in God for Boys guidebook as one of their resources. As boys fulfill requirements in the guidebook, they also qualify for religious awards in Scouting” (Handbook 2, 11.5.3). The commissioner’s role is to keep units operating at maximum efficiency by maintaining regular contact with unit leaders and counseling them on where to find assistance. 

Guidance for Stake Presidency Members

“The stake president assigns one of his counselors to oversee the stake Young Men organization and Scouting in the stake… This counselor should receive proper training in his Scouting responsibilities” (Handbook 2, 8.15.1).

“The stake president . . . assigns his counselors to oversee . . . Young Men (including Scouting where authorized), . . .[and] Primary. . . These counselors insure that members of stake auxiliary presidencies are instructed in their duties. . . . Members of the stake presidency meet regularly with the presidencies of the auxiliary organizations to which they are assigned” (Handbook 2, 15.1.2).

The stake presidency sees that Scouting is organized and functioning in each ward in the stake; that young men, boys, and leaders are registered; and that all Scouting units are chartered. A member of the stake presidency serves as a member of the LDS-BSA relationships committee and registers as a member-at-large for the BSA local council or district. (Scouting in the Stake)

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately, click here: Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

All adult Scouting leaders must be properly registered and must complete Youth Protection training before beginning their service.

BSA Registration for Stake Presidency Members

As a stake presidency member, you may need to register as a member of your Scouting district. Additionally one member of the stake presidency is registered as a council member at large.

If your responsibility as a stake presidency member requires BSA registration and you are currently registered as a Scouter in your home ward, you will need to fill out an Adult Application (as a “multiple” registration). Because this second application is a multiple registration, there is no fee charged.

If your stake presidency responsibilities require BSA registration and you are not currently registered as a Scouter in your home ward, you will need to register. You may first register as a Unit Scouter Reserve (position code 91U) in one of your ward units. Alternatively, you may register as a unit committee member or any other Scouting position (for which specific training will be required). If your calling requires registration with the district and/or council, you may then “multiple register” with either (or both) of these, and no registration fee will be charged.

  • Why register as a Unit Scouter Reserve rather than just simply registering with the district or council?
    • Because the Church will pay the registration fee for any member of a ward Scouting unit.
    • There is no training required for Unit Scouter Reserve (other than Youth Protection training) and attendance at unit meetings is not  required.

General Registration Information for All Leaders

Complete the following two items and return the Adult Application and the Youth Protection certificate to a unit committee chair in your ward if you are registering as a Unit Scouter Reserve AND/OR to your district executive or other district leader to register in your specific district position.

  1. Fill out the Adult Application downloaded from Scouting.org or pick one up at your BSA local council office.
    • If you are currently registered with the BSA (or have previously been registered), you need to write your BSA member ID number on your Adult Application. There is no block for this number on the Adult Application, but you can indicate it in the white space to the right of the bubble marked “Former Leader.”
  2. Complete Youth Protection (YP) training at My.Scouting.org.

Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.  Youth Protection training is required for all leaders in LDS units prior to submitting the Adult Application (not “within 30 days” as indicated on some older versions of the Adult Application).

    • To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org. If you are new to Scouting you must create an account. If you have been registered previously, you simply log onto your My.Scouting.org account and take the course.
      • From the My.Scouting.org portal, click on Youth Protection Training.
      • Youth Protection training expires after two years and must be repeated biennially.
      • If your YP training is still valid, you only need to provide proof of your most recent YP training. A copy of your YP training certificate is available at My.Scouting.org.
    • Upon completion of Youth Protection training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed Adult Application(s) to a unit committee chair in your ward  AND/OR to the district executive. Your application(s) will be submitted to the BSA local council office.
    • For leaders new to Scouting: When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will receive a BSA membership card, which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log onto MyScouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and other training records)  to your BSA membership.

Responsibilities of the Stake Presidency

“Members of the stake presidency oversee the Aaronic Priesthood in the stake. As part of this responsibility, they instruct bishops in their duty to preside over the Aaronic Priesthood in their wards” (Handbook 2, 8.15.1).  As such, they need to be knowledgeable and prepared to provide that oversight and training.  Although the ideal would be for all members of the stake presidency to be registered and fully trained so that all could provide appropriate instruction and guidance, at least one member of the stake presidency should be 1) registered and 2) complete the proper training.

“The stake president assigns one of his counselors to oversee the stake Young Men organization and Scouting in the stake… This counselor should receive proper training in his Scouting responsibilities” (Handbook 2,  8.15.1).

Training for Stake Presidency Members

  1. Youth Protection Training: available online at my.scouting.org . Take YP training. Or you may take it live in a classroom setting.  Must be renewed every two years.
  2. Suggested training is the same as for chartered organization representatives at the ward level.
  3. Additional suggested training includes Wood Badge (multi-day class) and Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting (see below for details).
  4. Other training opportunities may include unit position specific training (e.g. Cubmaster, Scoutmaster), commissioner training, Trainer’s EDGE (or Fundamentals of Training), Powder Horn, and other training opportunities available through the local council.
  5. To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”

As moved upon by the Spirit, members of the stake presidency provide instruction on Scouting at stake priesthood leadership meetings, ward conferences, and during other visits to wards.  Topics could include interviewing for callings, youth leadership, planning, and follow-up (“return and report”) principles.

Guidance for Stake Young Men Presidency Members

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately, click here: Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

All adult Scouting leaders must be properly registered and must complete Youth Protection training before beginning their service.

As a member of the Young Men stake presidency, you might be asked  to register as a member of your Scout district (as a unit commissioner or as a member of a district committee). Unit commissioners and other Scout leaders at the district level must be registered with the BSA. Even if you are not serving as a registered Scouter, you will want to learn about the Scouting program as it relates to the Young Men in your stake.

Details about preparing to serve in the stake Young Men presidency may be found by clicking onto the tab for the troop. The generic instructions on the troop tab will give you information on how to register (if required), what training is required, and other resources to help you in your Scouting responsibilities.

If your responsibilities as a member of the stake YM presidency require BSA registration and you are currently registered as a Scouter in your home ward, you may need to fill out an Adult Application (as a “multiple” registration) to serve as a district Scouter. Because this second application is a multiple registration, there is no fee charged.

If your stake position requires BSA registration and are not currently registered as a Scouter in your home ward, you will need to register. You may first register as a Unit Scouter Reserve (position code 91U) in one of your ward units. Alternatively, you may register as a unit committee member, assistant leader, or any other Scouting position (for which specific training will be required). If your calling requires registration with the district, you may then “multiple register” with the district, and no registration fee will be charged.

  • Why register as a Unit Scouter Reserve rather than just simply registering with the district?
    • Because the Church will pay the registration fee for any member of a ward Scouting unit.
    • There is no training required for Unit Scouter Reserve (other than Youth Protection training) and attendance at unit meetings is not  required.

General Registration Information for All Leaders

Complete the following two items and return the Adult Application and the Youth Protection certificate to a unit committee chair in your ward if you are registering as a Unit Scouter Reserve AND/OR to your district executive or other district leader to register in your specific district position.

  1. Fill out the Adult Application downloaded at Scouting.org or pick one up at your BSA local council office.
    • If you are currently registered with the BSA (or have previously been registered), you need to write your BSA member ID number on your Adult Application. There is no block for this number on the Adult Application, but you can indicate it in the white space to the right of the bubble marked “Former Leader.”
  2. Complete Youth Protection (YP) training at My.Scouting.org.

Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.  Youth Protection training is required for all leaders in LDS units prior to submitting the Adult Application (not “within 30 days” as indicated on the Adult Application).

    • To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org. If you are new to Scouting you must create an account. If you have been registered previously, you simply log onto your My.Scouting.org account and take the course.
      • Youth Protection training expires after two years and must be repeated biennially.
      • If your YP training is still valid, you only need to provide proof of your most recent YP training. A copy of your YP training certificate is available at My.Scouting.org. It will download into a PDF file that you can save or print.
    • Upon completion of Youth Protection training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed Adult Application(s) to a unit committee chair in your ward  AND/OR to the district executive. Your application(s) will be submitted to the BSA local council office.
    • For leaders new to Scouting: When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will receive a BSA membership card, which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log onto MyScouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and other training records)  to your BSA membership.

Responsibilities of the Stake Young Men Presidency

The stake Young Men presidency should provide orientation and ongoing instruction on Scouting to ward Young Men presidencies and Scout leaders. They should also serve as unit commissioners.

“The principal responsibilities of stake auxiliary presidencies are to assist the stake presidency and to instruct and support ward auxiliary presidencies. They do not fulfill assignments that should be fulfilled on the ward or family level. Stake auxiliary presidencies have the following responsibilities: They orient newly called ward auxiliary presidencies. They also provide ongoing encouragement, support, and instruction for ward auxiliary presidencies and teachers. They should base some of their instruction on chapters 1–6 in this handbook and the chapter for their auxiliary organization. They meet with these leaders regularly to learn of their needs, discuss the needs of the members they serve, and communicate information from the stake presidency. Periodically they visit ward meetings and classes as arranged with ward leaders” (Handbook 2.  15.4.1).

The Handbook 2 chapter for Aaronic Priesthood includes training on Scouting duties.  Specific commissioner roles and training are provided in the stake Young Men section.

The stake Young Men presidency has a specific role in Scouting to conduct training and coordinate stake and BSA support for ward units.

“Under the direction of the stake presidency, the stake Young Men presidency conducts training and coordinates support for Scouting programs in each local unit. They register with the BSA as unit commissioners. They receive appropriate BSA training and participate in assigned meetings. The stake presidency may designate other members of the stake to serve with the stake Young Men presidency as unit commissioners. (Scouting in the Stake)

They also meet regularly and create close relationships with unit leaders; inform them of BSA district and council activities, training opportunities, policies, and health and safety issues; and assist with rechartering.

Training for Stake Young Men Presidency Members Serving as Unit Commissioners

When serving as unit commissioners, stake Young Men presidency members are in a unique position to bring both Church and BSA resources to help units in the wards.

Training for stake Young Men presidency members serving as unit commissioners requires:

  1. Youth Protection training: available online at my.scouting.org. Or you may take it live in a classroom setting.  Must be renewed every two years.
  2. Familiarity with Commissioner Tools . See Unit Service Plan and Commissioner Tools at www.scouting.org and Commissioner Tools on my.Scouting.org.
  3. Basic Training
    • For unit commissioners: Commissioner Basic Training – online at my.scouting.org under Learn Center and Position Specific Training.
    • For assistant district commissioners (ADCs): in addition to CBT, the ADC needs to take District Commissioner training.
  4. Additional training should include monthly commissioners meetings, unit position-specific training for a position in one or more of his assigned units (for example: Troop Committee Challenge, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, etc.), and annual commissioner conference/Commissioner College
  5. Additional training could include Wood Badge (multiday class)
  6. Additional training opportunities may include Powder Horn and other training available through the local council.

Required Position-Specific Training: You should encourage ward Scouting leaders to become trained in their positions (see bullet #5 below). To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”

Unit Commissioner Duties

Unit commissioners serve as resources to help Scout units succeed throughout the stake. Each Cub pack and Scout troopshould be served by a unit commissioner. Members of the stake Young Men presidency serve as unit commissioners. The stake presidency may also designate members of the stake Primary presidency or other stake members as unit commissioners, as long as this assignment will not overburden these members.

“Unit commissioners have the following responsibilities:

  1. Register with BSA and receive required training.
  2. Learn about Scout policies, procedures, and evaluation programs.
  3. Establish a close relationship with adult Scout leaders in wards, interact with them regularly, and report the condition of Scouting to the assistant district commissioner.
  4. Provide initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction for all Scout units.
  5. Inform Scouting units of training opportunities, charter renewal deadlines, health and safety issues, and activities in the stake and in the BSA local district and council.” (Scouting in the Stake)
  6. Additional suggested activities are to provide meaningful communication between Scout units and the stake and between Scout units and the BSA local district. This can be done at roundtable meetings, stake leadership meetings, or any other time; and facilitate annual rechartering, and present the unit charter to a member of the bishopric at a pack meeting or court of honor.

As unit commissioners to units sponsored by the Church, initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction to the wards should include organization principles; membership recharter and youth participation; youth and adult leadership; program planning; and youth and adult recognition.

Additional Resources for Stake Young Men Presidency Members Serving as Commissioners

There are many excellent resources for commissioners. These include:

Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to position-specific courses for unit commissioners, new-unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners, and roundtable commissioners

Guidance for Stake Primary Presidency Members

The stake Primary presidency should provide orientation and ongoing instruction on Scouting to the ward Primary leaders. The responsibilities of the stake Primary presidency are included in Handbook 2 in the section concerning responsibilities of stake auxiliary presidencies, as indicated below.

“The principal responsibilities of stake auxiliary presidencies are to assist the stake presidency and to instruct and support ward auxiliary presidencies. They do not fulfill assignments that should be fulfilled on the ward or family level.

“Stake auxiliary presidencies have the following responsibilities:

“They orient newly called ward auxiliary presidencies. They also provide ongoing encouragement, support, and instruction for ward auxiliary presidencies and teachers. They should base some of their instruction on chapters 1–6 in this handbook [Handbook 2] and the chapter for their auxiliary organization. They meet with these leaders regularly to learn of their needs, discuss the needs of the members they serve, and communicate information from the stake presidency. Periodically they visit ward meetings and classes as arranged with ward leaders” (Handbook 2 Administering the Church [2010]. 15.4.1).

 

The stake Primary presidency has a specific role in Scouting to conduct training and coordinate stake and BSA support for Cub Scout and eleven-year-old Scout programs in the wards. Part of that responsibility includes encouraging the ward Primary presidencies to ensure that all Scout leaders under their direction are registered.

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately, click here: Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

“Under the direction of the stake presidency, the stake Primary presidency oversees the training and coordinates support for the Scouting programs in each ward and provides ongoing instruction and encouragement. They help ward Primary presidencies understand Church Scouting policies. They help plan day camps when needed. The stake Primary presidency may register with the BSA as unit commissioners, or the stake presidency may designate other members of the stake to serve as unit commissioners under the direction of the stake Primary presidency. Unit commissioners function as liaisons to the Cub Scout program and the Scouting program for 11-year-old boys in each ward.” (Scouting in the Stake)

The chapter in Handbook 2 for “Primary” includes training on Scouting duties. Specific responsibilities of those members of the stake Primary presidency who are serving as unit commissioners are included below. Additional information may also be found in the Unit Commissioner tab.

 

Stake Primary Presidency Members Serving as Unit Commissioners

As unit commissioners, stake Primary presidency members are in a unique position to bring both Church and BSA resources to help units in the wards.

Training for stake Primary presidency members serving as unit commissioners requires:

  1. Youth Protection training: available online at my.scouting.org. Or you may take it live in a classroom setting.  Must be renewed every two years.
  2. Familiarity with Commissioner Tools . See Unit Service Plan and Commissioner Tools at www.scouting.org and Commissioner Tools on my.Scouting.org.
  3. Basic Training
    • For unit commissioners: Commissioner Basic Training – online at my.scouting.org under Learn Center and Position Specific Training.
    • For assistant district commissioners (ADCs): in addition to CBT, the ADC needs to take District Commissioner training.
  4. Additional training should include monthly commissioners meetings, unit position-specific training for a position in one or more of his assigned units (for example: Troop Committee Challenge, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, etc.), and annual commissioner conference/Commissioner College
  5. Additional training could include Wood Badge (multiday class)
  6. Additional training opportunities may include Powder Horn and other training available through the local council

Stake Primary presidency members should work with ward Primary presidencies to encourage ward Scouting leaders to take their required leader position specific training. To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”

“Unit commissioners have the following responsibilities:

  1. Register with BSA and receive required training.
  2. Learn about Scout policies, procedures, and evaluation programs.
  3. Establish a close relationship with adult Scout leaders in wards, interact with them regularly, and report the condition of Scouting to the assistant district commissioner.
  4. Provide initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction for all Scout units.
  5. Inform Scouting units of training opportunities, charter renewal deadlines, health and safety issues, and activities in the stake and in the BSA local district and council.” (Scouting in the Stake)
  6. Additional suggested activities are to provide meaningful communication between Scout units and the stake and between Scout units and the BSA local district. This can be done at roundtable meetings, stake leadership meetings, or any other time; and facilitate annual rechartering, and present the unit charter to a member of the bishopric at a pack meeting or court of honor.

As unit commissioners to units sponsored by the Church, initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction to the wards should include organization principles; membership recharter and youth participation; youth and adult leadership; program planning; and youth and adult recognition.

Additional Resources for Primary Presidency Members Serving as Commissioners

There are many excellent resources for commissioners. These include:

Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to position specific courses for unit commissioners, new-unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners, and roundtable commissioners

Guidance for High Councilors With Scouting Responsibilities (ADC)

High councilors who have assignments relating to the Aaronic Priesthood or Primary may register with the BSA as assistant district commissioners. They receive appropriate BSA training, participate in district commissioner meetings, and work closely with the district commissioner and unit commissioners in their stake. (Scouting in the Stake)

All adult Scouting leaders must be properly registered and must complete Youth Protection training before beginning their service.

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately, click here: Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

High Councilors Assigned to the Stake Young Men and Primary

“The stake president assigns a member of the high council to work with the stake Young Men presidency” (Handbook 2:  Administering the Church [2010], 8.15.2).

“The stake president assigns a member of the high council to work with the stake Primary presidency. This high councilor’s responsibilities are outlined in Handbook 2: 15.3. In addition to those responsibilities, he helps implement the Scouting program for boys ages 8 through 11 where it is authorized by the Church” (Handbook 2, 11.6.2).

The high counselors should meet periodically with the presidencies of the auxiliaries to whom they are assigned.

  • They should support the auxiliary presidencies in their callings, and also report to the stake presidency, as appropriate.
  • For the high councilors to effectively provide direction and guidance, they should be registered and trained as assistant district commissioners.

In addition to the information provided in this “Stake Leaders” tab, other material that will assist you in serving as a high councilor over Scouting may be found by clicking onto the tab or tabs for those Scouting units for which you have oversight. The generic instructions on those unit tabs will give you information on how to register (if required), what training is required, and other resources to help you in your Scouting responsibilities.

How a High Councilor Can Register as an Adult Leader in the BSA

If your stake presidency requests that you register with the district as a unit commissioner, assistant district commissioner, or in another district position, and if you are currently registered as a Scouter in your home ward, you will need to fill out an Adult Application (as a “multiple” registration). Submit this multiple registration to the district commissioner.

If you are not currently registered with the BSA, you should register as soon as possible through your home ward. You may register as a Unit Scouter Reserve (position code 91U) in one of your ward units. Alternatively, with bishopric approval you may register as a unit committee member (in which case, specific training as a committee member will be required). If your calling requires registration with the district (for example, as an assistant district commissioner), you may then “multiple register” with the district as indicated above.

  • Why register as a Unit Scouter Reserve rather than just simply registering with the district?
    • Because the Church will pay the registration fee for any member of a ward Scouting unit.
    • There is no training required for Unit Scouter Reserve (other than Youth Protection training) and attendance at unit meetings is not  required.

 

Registration Helps

Complete the following two items and return the Adult Application and the Youth Protection certificate to a unit committee chair in your ward if you are registering as a ward Scouter and/or to your district executive or other district leader to register in your specific district position.

  1. Fill out the Adult Application downloaded from Scouting.org or pick one up at your BSA local council office.
    • If you are currently registered with the BSA (or have previously been registered), you need to write your BSA member ID number on your Adult Application. There is no block for this number on the Adult Application, but you can indicate it in the white space to the right of the bubble marked “Former Leader.”
  2. Complete Youth Protection (YP) training at My.Scouting.org.

    Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.  Youth Protection training is required for all leaders in LDS units prior to submitting the Adult Application (not “within 30 days” as indicated on some older versions of the Adult Application).

    • To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org. If you are new to Scouting you must create an account. If you have been registered previously, you simply log onto your My.Scouting.org account and take the course.
      • Youth Protection training expires after two years and must be repeated biennially.
      • If your YP training is still valid, you only need to provide proof of your most recent YP training. A copy of your YP training certificate is available at My.Scouting.org. Click on Home and then My Dashboard. Click onto Completions and find the YP course you took. Select the blue printer icon in the far right of the training course field. It will download into a PDF file that you can save or print.
    • Upon completion of Youth Protection training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed Adult Application(s) to a unit committee chair in your ward  AND/OR to the district executive. Your application(s) will be submitted to the BSA local council office.
    • For leaders new to Scouting: When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will receive a BSA membership card, which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log onto My.Scouting.org, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and other training records) to your BSA membership.

     

    Scouting Responsibilities for High Councilors 

    “High councilors who have assignments relating to the Aaronic Priesthood or Primary may register with the BSA as assistant district commissioners. They receive appropriate BSA training, participate in district commissioner meetings, and work closely with the district commissioner and unit commissioners in their stake. (Scouting in the Stake)

    The high councilors work with the stake presidency to coordinate Primary- and YM-related Scouting activities (e.g. eleven-year-old Scout camp).

    High councilors assist the stake presidency in providing instruction at stake priesthood leadership meetings, ward conferences, and during other visits to wards.

    High councilors who are asked by the stake presidency to serve as assistant district commissioners (ADC) should refer to “Specific Responsibilities of an LDS Unit Commissioner” in the “Guidance for Unit Commissioners” tab for a basic introduction regarding the role of LDS commissioners.

    “High councilors also attend the stake auxiliary leadership meetings for the auxiliaries to which they are assigned” (Handbook 2, 15.3.1).

    The high councilor assigned to the Primary informs the stake Primary presidency of training opportunities and helps them provide support and assistance to the ward Primary organizations.

    A high councilor may be invited to represent the stake at a council LDS Relationships committee meeting if a stake presidency member is unable to attend.

     

    Training for High Councilors Serving as Commissioners

    If the high councilor registers to serve as a unit commissioner (UC) or an assistant district commissioner (ADC) as suggested above, he would need to take BSA training for those positions.

    Training for a high councilor serving as a unit commissioner requires:

    1. Youth Protection training: available online at my.scouting.org. Or you may take it live in a classroom setting.  Must be renewed every two years.
    2. Familiarity with Commissioner Tools . See Unit Service Plan and Commissioner Tools at www.scouting.org and Commissioner Tools on my.Scouting.org.
    3. Basic Training
      • For unit commissioners: Commissioner Basic Training – online at my.scouting.org under Learn Center and Position Specific Training.
      • For assistant district commissioners (ADCs): in addition to CBT, the ADC needs to take District Commissioner training.
    4. Additional training should include monthly commissioners meetings, unit position-specific training for a position in one or more of his assigned units (for example: Troop Committee Challenge, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, etc.), and annual commissioner conference/Commissioner College
    5. Additional training could include Wood Badge (multi-day class)
    6. Additional training opportunities may include Powder Horn and other training available through the local council.

Required Position-Specific TrainingTo find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”

Guidance for Unit Commissioners

Unit commissioners serve as resources to help Scouting units succeed. The position of a unit commissioner (UC) is a local Scouting district appointment, rather than a Church calling. Following an interview with a stake member, the stake presidency may recommend to the district commissioner that the person serve as a unit commissioner.

The Unit Commissioner Registers As an Adult Leader in the BSA

All adult Scouting leaders must be properly registered and must complete Youth Protection training before beginning their service.

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately, click here: Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

Many new unit commissioners (UCs) are already registered in Scouting with their home wards. The new UC should fill out an Adult Application (as a “multiple registration,” also known as a “dual registration”) to serve as a district Scouter. Because this second application is a “multiple” registration, there is no fee charged.

A new unit commissioner who is not currently registered as a Scouter in his or her home ward (or isn’t currently serving in another Scouting position) must fill out and submit an Adult Application. He (or she) may first register as a Unit Scouter Reserve (position code 91U) in one of his ward Scouting units. Alternatively, he may register as a unit committee member, assistant leader, or any other Scouting position (for which additional training will be required). He may then “multiple register” with the district. In either case, the person will not be charged a fee because the “primary registration” is paid by the Church in the unit sponsored by the Church.

Why register as a Unit Scouter Reserve rather than just simply registering with the district?

  • Because the Church will pay the registration fee for any member of a ward Scouting unit. The leader will be on record as belonging to a ward or stake.
  • As for all ward Scouting leaders, the registration fee is paid by Church headquarters directly to the National Council.
  • The unit commissioner may then multiple register as a unit commissioner with the district, and because the Scouter is already registered with the BSA through the ward, there is no registration fee.
  • There is no training required for Unit Scouter Reserve (other than Youth Protection training) and attendance at unit meetings is not expected.

Registration Helps

Complete the following two items and return the Adult Application and the Youth Protection certificate to a unit committee chair in your ward if you are registering as a ward Scouter and/or to your district executive or other district leader for processing by the BSA.

  1. Fill out the Adult Application downloaded from Scouting.org or pick one up at your BSA local council office.
    • If you are currently registered with the BSA (or have previously been registered), you need to write your BSA member ID number on your Adult Application. There is no block for this number on the Adult Application, but you can indicate it in the white space to the right of the bubble marked “Former Leader.”
  2. Complete Youth Protection (YP) training at My.Scouting.org.

Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.  Youth Protection training is required for all leaders in LDS units prior to submitting the Adult Application (not “within 30 days” as indicated on the Adult Application).

  • To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org. If you are new to Scouting you must create an account. If you have been registered previously, you simply log onto your My.Scouting.org account and take the course.
    • Youth Protection training expires after two years and must be repeated biennially.
    • If your YP training is still valid, you only need to provide proof of your most recent YP training. A copy of your YP training certificate is available at My.Scouting.org. It will download into a PDF file that you can save or print.
  • Upon completion of YP training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed Adult Application(s) to a unit committee chair in your ward  AND/OR to the district executive. Your application(s) will be submitted to the BSA local council office.
  • For leaders new to Scouting: When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will receive a BSA membership card, which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log onto My.Scouting.org, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and  other training records)  to your BSA membership.

Training for a Unit Commissioner 

  1. Youth Protection training: available online at my.scouting.org. Or you may take it live in a classroom setting.  Must be renewed every two years.
  2. Familiarity with Commissioner Tools . See Unit Service Plan and Commissioner Tools at www.scouting.org and Commissioner Tools on my.Scouting.org.
  3. Basic Training
    • For unit commissioners: Commissioner Basic Training – online at my.scouting.org under Learn Center and Position Specific Training.
    • For assistant district commissioners (ADCs): in addition to CBT, the ADC needs to take District Commissioner training.
  4. Additional training should include monthly commissioners meetings, unit position-specific training for a position in one or more of his assigned units (for example: Troop Committee Challenge, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, etc.), and annual commissioner conference/Commissioner College
  5. Additional training could include Wood Badge (multiday class)
  6. Additional training opportunities may include Powder Horn and other training available through the local council.

A unit commissioner works with the units Key 3 in encouraging all leaders in the unit to complete their required leader position-specific training. To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”

Uniform

“Commissioners set a personal example with correct uniforming…” (Commissioner Fieldbook for Unit Service, [2012], 19).  As a district Scouter, the unit commissioner wears the silver “district” shoulder tabs. There is a specific “Unit Commissioner” position patch for the left sleeve.

When the commissioner has completed Commissioner Position Specific Training, he or she may wear the Trained strip under the commissioner patch.

Specific Responsibilities of a Unit Commissioner

Unit commissioners serve as resources to help Scouting units succeed throughout the stake. Each Cub pack and Scout troop should be served by a unit commissioner. Members of the stake Young Men presidency serve as unit commissioners. The stake presidency may also designate members of the stake Primary presidency or other stake members as unit commissioners, as long as this assignment will not overburden these members.

“Unit commissioners have the following responsibilities:

  1. Register with BSA and receive required training.
  2. Learn about Scout policies, procedures, and evaluation programs.
  3. Establish a close relationship with adult Scout leaders in wards, interact with them regularly, and report the condition of Scouting to the assistant district commissioner.
  4. Provide initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction for all Scout units.
  5. Inform Scouting units of training opportunities, charter renewal deadlines, health and safety issues, and activities in the stake and in the BSA local district and council.” (Scouting in the Stake)
  6. Additional suggested activities are to provide meaningful communication between Scout units and the stake and between Scout units and the BSA local district. This can be done at roundtable meetings, stake leadership meetings, or any other time; and facilitate annual rechartering, and present the unit charter to a member of the bishopric at a pack meeting or court of honor.

As unit commissioners to units sponsored by the Church, initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction to the wards should include organization principles; membership recharter and youth participation; youth and adult leadership; program planning; and youth and adult recognition. Suggested commissioner actions in these areas might include topics found in material in Commissioner Helps for Packs, Troops, and Crews and the  Guide to Safe Scouting.

“The main responsibility of a commissioner is to keep Scouting units alive, healthy, happy, and re-registered on time.” (Commissioner Helps for Packs, Troops, and Crews [2012], BSA publication No. 33618, 3).

Unit commissioners are in a unique position to bring both Church and BSA resources to help units in the ward. The unit commissioner tries to have monthly contact with the assigned units in various ways: meet with least one member of the Key 3 (committee chair, unit leader, and/or chartered organization representative); or attend a unit committee meeting or a unit meeting (pack meeting, patrol meeting, court of honor, outdoor activity, etc.). They report this contact to the district (usually via an electronic reporting system). In addition to other assistance, the unit commissioner will facilitate the annual charter renewal process and present the new unit charter to a member of the bishopric at a pack meeting or court of honor.

Unit commissioners should attend the monthly commissioners meeting held at the district level. At the meeting the commissioners plan and review all the tasks needed to provide good unit service. Unit commissioners report to the district commissioner the health of each of his or her assigned units.

There are many excellent resources for commissioners. These include:

Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to position specific courses for unit commissioners, new-unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners, and roundtable commissioners