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Manitoga District Commissioners


The Commissioner Concept

In 1911 the local Council Commissioner, called the "Scout Commissioner," was "the ranking scout master of the local council and preside[d] at all scout masters' meetings as well as at all scout field meets. It was also the duty of the scout commissioner to report to and advise with the Chief Scout concerning the scouts in the district." (From The Official Handbook for Boys, Boy Scouts of America, page 11 (1911).

Not much has changed in 90+ years. Today, the Commissioner is the liaison between the local Council and the Scouting Units. The Commissioner's mission is to help Unit leaders to keep Units operating at maximum efficiency. The Commissioner is successful when Units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting.
Unit Commissioners are assigned to one or more Units, but they are not alone. They work hand-in-hand with the District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioners and the Roundtable Commissioners to help Units provide the best possible Scouting program, which ultimately helps assure that individual Scouts have the best opportunity of developing good character traits, participating citizenship skills, and personal fitness.

From its inception, the Commissioner Staff has been dedicated to Unit service as a friend and partner in Scouting, with a single objective - the welfare of the Troop, Pack or Crew.

We have made good progress in expanding the Commissioner Service in our District, but there are still many opportunities available for service to Scouting. Working with our Units "where the rubber meets the road" is a great way for adult volunteers to play a key role in "delivering the promise" of Scouting to the youth of our community.

The Commissioners meet the third Wednesday of the month at Wednesday, at 7:30 PM at the Unitarian Church in Mohegan Lake.

If you would like to be a part of the Commissioner Service, or know of any prospects who might like to serve, please pass along contact information to Fred Compton, Manitoga District Commissioner.

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