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Class Schedule - Commissioners

Following are class schedules and course descriptions for the 2018 Commissioners' College. Course Descriptions are below the class schedules, listed by degree program. Click on each course number to read the description.

 

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Period

Bachelor Degree Courses

Master Degree Courses

Continuing Education & Doctorate Degree Courses

1

BCS 117

Selecting Quality Leaders

MCS 306

Counseling Skills

CED 714

Special Needs Scouting - ADHD & Autism

(Includes CED 715)

2

BCS 105

Practical Solutions to Common Unit Needs

MCS 312

Recruiting New Commissioners

CED 713

Special Needs Scouting - Advancement

3

BCS 115

The Commissioner and Diversity

MCS 325

Consider Your Spouse and Family

CED 716

Managing Conflict

L U N C H

4

BCS 116

Collaborative Assessment

MCS 315

Effective Unit Service in Urban Communities

DCS 514

The Commissioner and the Professional

5

BCS 150

Roundtables in Commissioner Service

MCS 303

Commissioner Lifesaving I

DCS 508

Administering Commissioner Lifesaving

6

BCS 101

The Commissioner Concept

MCS 304

Commissioner Lifesaving II

DCS 520

Assessing District Health

 

 

Bachelor's Degree Courses

Course Title Description
BSC 101 The Commissioner Concept

Participants of this course will: know how the history of commissioner service has helped scouting units; describe the concept of commissioner service; list the key duties of the various commissioner positions; identify ways to demonstrate good commissioner service as we serve as friend, teacher, doctor, counselor, and representative of the BSA; be able to use information in the Commissioner Fieldbook to aid unit service

BCS 105 Practical Solutions to Common Unit Needs

A Commissioner’s primary purpose is to help units succeed, develop a better program, and operate effectively.  Frequently Commissioners are called upon to assist units with concerns that could hinder the unit’s success. Participants of this course will become familiar with how to respond to these concerns using Commissioner Tools and Early Warning Signals.

BCS 115 The Commissioner and Diversity

Diversity in the Boy Scouts of America is a desired state. It is an environment where all differences - age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, personality, and life experiences are valued and integrated into every aspect of the organization’s operations. Learn how diversity helps our units thrive and our Commissioner Service succeed.

BSC 116 Collaborative Assessment

Learn about: Importance of Collaborative Assessment; Unit Service Plan; Responsibilities; Monitor progress

BCS 117 Selecting Quality Leaders

Learn to advise your units on the right process of finding the right person to fill unit leadership needs. Learn to avoid methods that either do not fill our unit’s leadership needs or recruit people who might not be the ideal match to the position.

BCS 150 Roundtables in Commissioner Service

The purpose of the roundtable is to help units succeed by providing useful program ideas, information on policy, and current information on council and district events and training opportunities. Participants of this course will:

  1. Describe how the position of Roundtable Commissioner/Staff fits into the BSA Commissioner Service Structure.
  2. Define the purpose of Roundtable and its importance in supporting district and council operations.
  3. List the functions of the Roundtable in providing service and supplemental training to unit leaders.
 

Master's Degree Courses

MCS 303 Commissioner Lifesaving I This session sets the stage for saving a unit and reviews the basic unit lifesaving steps. Getting to know your units will help you identify when, and how to address issues they face in keeping the units strong and successful.
MCS 304 Commissioner Lifesaving II

This is an in-depth continuation of MCS 303, dealing with the seven typical unit “hurry cases.” Your ability to recognize these issues, and prioritize them will assist you and the unit to continue on successfully. Through this class, participants should understand how to be a vital force in solving the several unit crises.

MCS 306 Counseling Skills

The best way to strengthen a unit is to strengthen its leadership. Counseling is an effective method in helping unit leaders develop their potential. Even the leader who has completed formal training and has years of experience can benefit from counseling.  Where the need for an answer or a solution is not immediate, counseling is preferred over teaching. As a commissioner, you should develop counseling skills.

MCS 312 Recruiting New Commissioners

Quality programs flourish and membership grows in a Scouting district only when there is a complete team of quality commissioners. This avoids overloading the same few volunteers who rarely say no, but who may find it easier to drop out of Scouting than to complain, “That’s enough! I can’t do any more!” Learn how to be a great recruiter.

MCS 315 Effective Unit Service in Urban Communities

This session refers to those urban communities where poverty is a prevailing influence and where community considerations require refinement and flexibility for volunteer-led packs, troops, crews and posts to be successful. Service to low-income communities is part of our Scouting roots. Lord Baden-Powell said, “Our aim is to give equal chances to all and to give the most help to the least fortunate.”

MCS 325 Consider Your Spouse and Family This course is intended to assist leaders in ways to understand and strengthen their marriage and/or family relationships so that Scouting augments rather than detracts from the family and increases your personal happiness and tenure as a leader.
   

Doctorate Degree Courses

DCS 508 Administering Commissioner Lifesaving

Learn how to give leadership to the Commissioner Lifesaving process: Identify when a Commissioner lifesaving team should be organized. Identify the resources for Commissioner lifesaving. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the temporary or ad hoc team. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the permanent team.

DCS 514 The Commissioner and the Professional

Learn more about the relationship between the commissioner and the professional. How can they work closely together to reach a common goal of providing quality service to units?  In this class, you will: 1. Discuss the importance of building relationships between volunteers and professionals to serve units. 2. Review how professionals are evaluated for their achievements and how volunteers relate to those accomplishments.

DCS 520 Assessing District Health

Learn about the resources necessary to assess a district’s ability to provide quality unit service. Learn how to use the resources available to the Commissioner that can assist in identifying strengths and bring improvements to weaknesses found in the district. Objectives:

  1. Discuss who is involved with assessing district health.
  2. Review the district operations structure.
  3. Identify the two primary tools to assess district health.
  4. Discuss how goal setting helps in guiding success.
  5. Agree to assist in meeting Journey to Excellence and annual district evaluation standards.
  6. Identify other resources to help set and meet district goals.
   

College of Continuing Education Courses

CED 713 Special Needs Scouting - Advancement Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has disAbilities. This course will provide commissioners with knowledge to advise units on how to provide an Advancement program which gives these youth the Scouting opportunities to succeed.
CED 714

Special Needs Scouting - ADHD & Autism

Includes CED 715. Learn how to advise unit leaders to provide Scouting opportunities for youth with ADHD or Autism that will allow them (and the unit leaders) get the most out of the Scouting program.
CED 716 Managing Conflict Did you ever have a conflict or two in your Unit??? Learn to analyze source and course of conflict; Identify tools to help mediate; Learn to apply tools to specific situations; Learn to become a stronger role model for unit leaders