Commissioner Responsibilities: Roles the Commissioner Plays
A Commissioner plays several roles, including friend, representative, unit doctor, teacher, and counselor.
The commissioner is a friend of the
unit. Of all their roles this one is the most important. It springs
from the attitiude, "I care, I am here to help, what can I do for you?"
Caring is the infrediant that makes commissioner service successful. He
or she is an advocate of unit needs. A commissioner who makes himself
known and accepted now will be called on in future times of trouble.
The commissioner is a representative.
The average unit leader is totally occupied in working with kids. Some
have little, if any, contact with the Boy Scouts of America other than
a commissioners visit to their meetings. To them , the commissioner may
be the BSA. The commissioner helps represent the ideals, the
principles, and the policies of the Scouting movement.
The commisioner is a unit doctor.
In their role as doctor, they know that prevention is better than a
cure and tries to make their unit see that good health practices are a
way of life. When problems arise, and they will even in the best unit,
they act quickly. They observe symptom, diagnose the real ailment,
prescribe a rememdy, and follow up on the patient.
The commissioner is a teacher. As a
commissioner they will have a wondrful opportunity to participate in
the growth of unit leaders by sharing knowledge with them. They teach
not just in an academic environment, but where it counts- as an
immediate response to a need to know. That is the best adult learning
situation since the lesson is instantly reinforced by practical
application of the new knowledge.
The commissioner is a counselor. As a
Scouting counselot, they will help units solve their own problems.
Counseling is the best role when unit leaders don't recognize a problem
and where solutions are not clear-cut. Everyone needs counseling from
time to time, even experienced leaders.
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