Happy New Year!
Unit Commissioner Annual Service Calendar
Service Focus for January
If your unit is re-chartering in January, this should be your primary focus. If they are re-chartering in February or March, then focus on assisting with the completion of their membership inventory and their adult unit leadership inventory in advance of re-charting.
Recruiting New Commissioners
In Quarter 1 of 2013 the DCs and ADCs will be working hard to recruit new Unit Commissioners. To support this we are working to identify potential candidates by examining: (1) units with deep adult leadership; (2) adult Eagle Scouts in our area, (3) Wood Badge graduates who are no longer registered adult leaders. Also, as mentioned last month, let’s not forget “mom.” Moms who have been Tiger leaders, Den leaders, Webelos leaders, or Committee members and whose son bridges up are excellent candidates for cub scout commissioners. Let’s not let loose their experience and commitment to BSA at this important transition time. If you are aware of any moms who fit this description, please inform your ADC.
2012 In Review
2012 was a year of transition for the MCC Commissioner Service. We set out to re-vitalize the service and while we did not get everything done, we accomplished quite a bit, including:
ü Our Commissioners recorded 1,147 unit visits during 2012 – a 74% increase over our year end totals for 2011. Congratulations to all!
ü Established a series of Commissioner Service monthly performance reports including: (1) the Unit Commissioner Report; (2) the District Commissioner Report, and (3) the District Commissioner Scorecard
ü Began reporting and tracking actions being taken to address the special needs of “at risk” units
Organization & Planning
ü Restructured the Council Commissioner staff to include ACCs for Accountability; for Special Projects; for Training; for Communication; and for Recognition
ü Prepared job descriptions for District Commissioners, Area ADCs, and Unit Commissioners, ADCs and posted these to our council website
ü Reorganized each district into three or more geographic areas each of which is led by an ADC reporting to the District Commissioner
ü Established a month-by-month Unit Commissioner Annual Service Calendar outlining what each Unit Commissioner should focus on each month
ü Conducted our annual Commissioner College in conjunction with the Central North Carolina Council
ü Prepared a comprehensive inventory of Commissioner training showing which Commissioners have completed which Commissioner training. Ongoing
ü Developed new training modules on: (1) Leading Practices in Cub Scout Retention, and (2) Unit Commissioner Recruiting
ü Made Commissioner Service presentations at the MCC Scouter Success Seminar
Created, and continue adding to, our new MCC Commissioners Service webpage which is tied to our www.mccscouting.org
webpage. We are looking for this to become the “one stop shop” for all Commissioner resources
ü Began issuing a monthly newsletter, “Commissioner’s Corner,” by email to all MCC Commissioners. A shorter version is also included in our MCC “Back Pack” newsletter
ü Awarded the “Doctor of Commissioner Science Knot Award” to Joe Haase and Roger Penny recognizing their many years of service to the Commissioner Service
ü Launched two new council-level Commissioner awards: (1) The Commissioner Shoulder Patch and (2) the Commissioner Recruiting Knot
ü Developed a “Commissioner Recognition Inventory” to identify which MCC Commissioners have earned which awards. Also a work in progress
A Unit Commissioner’s “New Year Resolution”
It’s that time of the year when we rededicate ourselves to things we should be doing all along. So here is what every Unit Commissioner should have on their “New Year’s Resolution List:”
ü I will visit with my assigned unit(s) at least once each month
ü I will bring to them at least one SOV (“Something of Value”) each time I visit them
ü After my visit, I will log my visit into UVTS prior to the 28th day of the month (each month, every month)
ü I will complete a unit “Self-Assessment Form” with my unit(s) leadership team at least once a year and turn it in to my ADC
ü I will be a true friend, coach and mentor to my unit(s) leaders. I will do whatever I can to ensure that they deliver an outstanding program to the boys they serve
Thanks to all for an outstanding year!