Commissioner Service… a Cub Masters’ Next Step?

What is the oldest leadership corps in Scouting? The oldest leadership role in Scouting is the Commissioner corps. “Gray Tabs” or I like to tell the story about the “duct tape tabs”. There is a National shortage of Unit Commissioners in America. This is the adult leader, outside of the unit connecting it with the District and Council. They help the Key Three of the unit be successful. Ideally, a Unit Commissioner is designed for up to 3 units. Unfortunately, most units don’t have one or don’t know who is assigned to their unit. In my District, we have 73 units and only 11 Unit Commissioners. That’s 6 or more per Unit Commissioner. On average Cub Scouting represents 2/3 of all Scouting units. A Cub Master or Pack Committee Chairman’s next step is not always into a Troop leadership position. Many of the skills that they have would serve better as a Unit Commissioner with the District that they are in.

Excuses…
1. I’m not an expert Scouter…
✔ Training is included and the job is not intended to be for only experts.
2. I want to be with my youth…
✔ ScouterStan was a Unit Commissioner and Assistant Scoutmaster while his son was a Scout in a Troop.
3. I’m already over-committed to scouts…
✔ You need to find a comfortable schedule. Units without a Unit Commissioner are more likely to fail and your schedule will have lots of free time then.
4. I don’t want to have multiple memberships…
✔ Your primary membership can be with a unit and District service is secondary at no additional charge.

⚠️ Important: Make your next step in Scouting count. Unit Commissioner service is incredibly necessary to the overall Scouting experience. Contact your District or Council Commissioner today for more information.

🔗LINKS:
🌐 BSA Commissioners: https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/
🎬 Burnout Prevention and ScouterStan’s Rule of Five: https://youtu.be/cJPfqkqMeg8

⚜️ Note: When ScouterStan looked at his handwritten notes it looked like Season 4 would start in June 2021. The first episode of Season 4 will post on January 5, 2021. This mistake was noticed after editing so a written date was put on the video. ScouterStan promises to work on his handwriting in the future.

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What is Friendly, Courteous, and Kind?

Adult leaders and parents are NOT exempt from the Scout Law. Have you ever really thought about it. Also the number one question we should ask all Scouts.

Definition as to there meaning:

Friendly – A Scout is friends to all. Scouts are a brother to other Scouts. Scouts offer their friendship to people of all races, religions, and nations and respect them even if their beliefs and customs are different from their own. B-P wrote about similar wording however he diverted into a social class. “No matter what Social Class the Other Belongs.” B-P was from the late 1800s and must think of his times and his revolutionary thinking. Today we would say he was “woke”.

Courteous – A Scout is polite to people of all ages and positions. Scouts understand that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along. B-P had similar meanings in his writings however, he added the line “And he (the Scout) must not take any reward for being helpful or courteous.”

Kind – A Scout treats others as they want to be treated. Scouts know there is strength in being gentle. Scouts do not harm or kill any living thing without good reason. Originally, “Kind” was oriented only towards the treatment of animals. This has changed shortly after World War II to reflect kindness to all creatures including humans.

History – The original writings of Baden Powell in the first Handbook are conveyed Similarly. Historically there were only 9 scout laws outlined originally. However Later the British scouts added Reverent making it 10 scout laws. Do you know which ones were added to the 12 American Scout laws?

The scout law is an amazing principle for real Action in one’s life. Putting each one of the scout law into a daily meaning can literally change the outlook of a young person. As scout leaders, we need to be the example, not the exception. Never forget that we are all obligated to abide by the scout law.

The number one question that every Scout leader and parents should ask of their Scouts. “What do you think I most want you to be?” A. Successful, B. Good, C. Smart, or D. Happy. The correct answer is “B” Good. You cannot achieve any of the others without being good. This question also helps calibrate how we are doing as leaders and parents.

🔗LINKS:
🌐 What are the Scout Oath and Scout Law?: https://www.scouting.org/about/faq/question10/
🌐 Teaching Cub Scouts the Scout Law: https://scoutingmagazine.org/2012/02/tips-for-teaching-cub-scouts-the-scout-law/
📄 1910 Edition of the ‘Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook’ Pages 32-34 PDF: http://scouterstan.com/storage/1910-BSA-Handbook-Scout-Law.pdf
🎬 Who Created The Scout Law?: https://youtu.be/dqaKrXDnXSo
🎬 Dealing With Upset Parents: https://youtu.be/0cOjHNCZkqw

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Reporting Service Hours

Historically, a BSA service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action.

Good Turns take many forms such as
• aid during emergencies and natural disasters
• recycling
• conservation projects
• Scouting for Food

Possibilities are nearly unlimited.

Significant and important enhancements have been made for JTE Service Hours entry to provide a new entry site, Internet Advancement, and change this site to allow appropriate entries to continue.

⚠️ Important: Your unit’s service hours data has already been moved to the database for Internet Advancement.

⚜️ Thank you and your unit for your service.

🔗LINKS:
🌐 The Internet Advancement platform is available at http://Scoutbook.scouting.org for all other project entries. This new site will use your my.Scouting.org username and password for access.
🌐 Information on the new site is available at http://help.scoutbook.com. Please review the help to become familiar with the enhanced service hours entry.
🎬 Scoutbook?: https://youtu.be/uMdqEVgH-cM

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Merit Badge Counselor

All troops should expect every adult to take on some kind of leadership role. One that’s often overlooked is Merit Badge Counselor (MBC). Merit Badge Counselor can be designated as troop only or open to the council use. Adult Cub Scout leaders are also qualified to be Merit Badge Counselors. This is a good way to start the bridging process to a troop.

MBC Requirements:
• Must have or completed an adult application process (YPT and background check)
• Must keep Youth Protection Training current
• Online or live Merit Badge Counselor Training
• Have proficient skills, experients, training, and/or knowledge of the Merit Badges

⚠️ Important: It is recommended to focus on 3 to 8 Merit Badges. However, there is no limit set if you are qualified.

As a Merit Badge Counselor:
• Follow the requirements of the merit badge, making no deletions or additions.
• Scout should use the buddy system. MBC keeps “two-deep” leadership during all instructional sessions. This includes Email (CC), Online meetings, Phone calls, and texting.
• Keep your Youth Protection Training current.
• Renew membership registration annually if I plan to continue as a Merit Badge Counselor.

⚜️ Note: Merit Badge Counselors can continue after their no longer with a unit. Merit Badge Counselors must be registered with Scouts BSA with the district/council.

🔗LINKS:
🌐 Scouts BSA Guide for Merit Badge Counselors: https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/mb-counselor-guide/
📄 Merit Badge Counselor Information Form: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf
🎬 The Blue Card Process or Merit Badges Mania?: https://youtu.be/h_iQSfcdj00 

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