Commissioner Training

Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. Commissioners coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America. They also oversee the unit charter renewal plan so that each unit reregisters on time with an optimum number of youth and adult members.


Training Resources Available for Commissioners



An overview of commissioner service. A commissioner plays several roles, including friend, representative, unit "doctor," teacher, and counselor.


Commissioner Fast Start


Commissioner Basic Training (PPT)

One-day course on commissioner service, in PowerPoint (PPT) format. From Great Salt Lake Council. Prepared in April 2006.


Venturing Commissioner Orientation (PPT)

This course, in PowerPoint (PPT) format, focuses on the Venturing Commissioner.

Roundtable Commissioner


Basic Commissioner Manuals

Important books guide the service of commissioners and their professional staff advisors in the Boy Scouts of America. Contact your District Commissioner for these manuals, or download these manuals:


Centennial Quality Awards

The Centennial Quality Awards program is designed to recognize units, districts, councils, areas, and regions in achieving excellence in providing a quality program to a growing youth population in America at all levels of the Boy Scouts of America.


The Commissioner Newsletter

The Commissioner is a BSA newsletter for council commissioners and council Scout executives. This link provides current and past newsletters.


Distinguished Commissioner Service Award

Distinguished Commissioner AwardThis award is presented to unit, Assistant District, District, Assistant Council, and Council Commissioners whom have served activily as a registered commissioner for at least five years, have completed the Commissioner training courses, received the Arrowhead Honor Award, and whose units/District/Council has achieved a level of quality through the BSA's Quality Unit/District/Council program. Click here to download a nomination form.


The Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Knot

Doctor of Commissioner ScienceThe Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Knot is available to any currently active commissioner at any position by completing the attached requirements. Approval is administered by the local council through the Council Commissioner and the Council Director of Field Service. Click here to download the requirements.


Other Commissioner Resources

Available at the BSA National web site. Includes a listing of videos, DVDs, publications, worksheets - items to help a commissioner do his/her job better


Philmont Training Courses

Courses of interest to commissioners, focusing on District and Council Operations.


Commissioner Position Patches


 Unit Commissioner Assistant District Commissioner District Commissioner
 Assistant Council Commissioner  Council Commissioner  Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
 Boy Scout Roundtable Staff  Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Cub Scout Roundtable Staff
Venturing Roundtable Commissioner Venturing Roundtable Staff Service to Units



Click on this link for Commissioner's Historical Patch Collection.