Commissioners are District and Council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Scouts BSA Organization. They also oversee the unit charter renewal plan so that each unit re-registers on time with an optimum number of youth and adult members.
Leading our Commssioners is Council Commissioner Michael Carpenter. His team includes:
- Kathy Dilks – Pomperaug District
- Dave Zeh – Scatacook District
- Jim Mitchell – Powahay District
- Kennard Hudson – Quinnipiac District
Assistant Council Commissioners
- Steve Agnew – Roundtable and Commissioner content at Council website
- Michael Carroll – Disability awareness within units
- John Gelinas – Council Commissioner Emeritus – Advisor
- Stephen Rogalski – Camping, unit visitations and reporting
- Adam Terr – General operations, unit visitation and JTE status
- Craig Tiefenthaler – Commissioner recognition
- Tom Williams – Advisor and unit visits
What is a Commissioner in Scouting?
A commissioner plays several roles, including friend, representative, unit “doctor,” teacher, and counselor.
The commissioner is a unit “doctor.” In their role as “doctor,” they know that prevention is better than a cure, so they try to see that their units make good “health practices” a way of life. When problems arise, and they will even in the best unit, they act quickly. They observe symptoms, diagnose the real ailment, prescribe a remedy, and follow up on the patient.
Types of Commissioners
- Administrative commissioners include the council commissioner, assistant council commissioners, district commissioners, and assistant district commissioners. Their primary responsibilities are recruiting, training, guiding, and evaluating the commissioner staff.
- Unit commissioners are assigned to one or more units, which they serve and counsel.
- Roundtable commissioners provide resources such as program skills and other help for unit personnel at regularly scheduled roundtables.
Just as our Scouts have the Scout Oath and Laws, Commissioner’s have their Commissioner’s Pledge:On my honor I will do my best, by example in my daily life to make the Scout Oath and Law a more vital force for good character and citizenship in the lives of the youth and leaders I serve.