Commissioner Tools Implementation

Commissioner Tools is a new tool available on the new my.Scouting Tools . It’s intended to help commissioners better perform (not change) current functions by improving efficiency and easy access of information. A few examples of what can be done in Commissioner Tools:

  • Assign commissioners to units.
  • Record contacts.  A commissioner is most effective through frequent contact with their units so they can 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.

Not all functionality will be available in the initial release of Commissioner Tools, and we will continue to add enhancements based upon your input. 

First Steps to Adopt Commissioner Tools

Adopting Commissioner Tools and its critical components, including the Unit Service Plan, will be a great tool to utilize and bring the promise of high-level Unit Service to our Units. But where to start? Below is a very brief overview of where to start, the information and resources available, the places to find them and a step by step process to help you towards a successful adoption. It is suggested you start with these steps and adjust as appropriate for your specific situation.

1. Go to the Commissioner website and review all the documents and PowerPoint’s available. This is the address: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Commissioners/tools.aspxExternal Link

2. Discuss with your Scout Executive that you are about to begin the steps to adopt Commissioner Tools. Review the Council Commissioner/Scout Executive sign-off document and the 90 day Backdater http://www.scouting.org/filestore/commissioner/pdf/90_day_backdater.pdf . Discuss local challenges and solutions.

3. Recruit your own Council Champion http://www.scouting.org/filestore/commissioner/pdf/Champion_Description.pdf .Review the 90 day Backdater with them. Engage and empower them to help achieve success!

4. The Council Commissioner and Scout Executive need to complete and return the Sign-Off document http://www.scouting.org/filestore/commissioner/pdf/SE_CC_signoff.pdf and email it to CommissionerTools@Scouting.Org

5. Discuss with your District Commissioner’s that you are about to launch adoption. Review the Unit Service Plan, the 90 day Backdater and ask for their support.

6. Implement the 90 day Backdater for specific step by step guidance.

7. Frequently monitor your progress and keep an eye on “the big picture”.

8. Once available, provide feedback using the Feedback process.

9. Work with your Area Commissioner to overcome hurdles and find solutions to your challenges.

10. Refer back to the Commissioner website frequently for updates to the resources as well as the official Commissioner Facebook page where notifications about updates frequently appear. This is a link to that page. https://www.facebook.com/CommissionersOfTheBoyScoutsOfAmerica/timelineExternal Link

11. If you need further assistance contact your Area Commissioner, email CommissionerTools@Scouting.Org or phone the National Support Center at 972-580-2489.