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Commissioner’s Corner December 2017

Commissioner’s Corner

Assignments and Contacts


Our commissioners are trained in commissioner service to units. The Commissioner takes Basic Commissioner Training and continues to be trained at Commissioner meeting and at the University of Commissioner Science. Training starts with Commissioner Basic and continues to a Bachler, Masters, Advanced and Doctor Degrees.

When a commissioner is assigned to serve a unit, they are assigned to the Chartered Organization (CO). The Chartered Organization may have one or more units such as a Pack, Troop, Crew, or Ship.  Whatever the units are for that CO the Unit Commissioner serves all the Units of the CO. Just like the Chartered Organization has one and only one Chartered Organization Representative. (COR)

When a commissioner visits in person the unit they are instructed to do two thigs. (1) Contact the unit leader prior to the onsite visit for two reasons; to inform the unit leader of the visit and confirm that the unit is meeting that night and where they are meeting. Even though units have a home meeting place, they may be meeting elsewhere that meeting. This is a curtesy to the unit we support. (2) The Commissioner builds a positive relationship with the COR to assist the COR in overseeing the units of the Chartered Organization.

These visits are called Contacts and are recorded in Commissioner Tools to help a commissioner team better support the units. In time commissioner contacts build a strong picture of the unit which is used to help support your unit and its membership.

The contacts helps the commissioner develop a unit service plan. The Unit Service Plan enables commissioners to fulfill their mission to help units better serve more youth through Scouting. But as with most things, it probably isn’t quite that simple.

A Unit Service Plan provides focus. It is built upon a collaborative assessment of a unit’s strengths and needs. Before attempting a collaborative assessment, a unit commissioner must establish a solid relationship with a unit’s leaders based on mutual respect and an understanding of one another’s motivation for involvement in Scouting and vision of future success for the unit. Once completed, a collaborative assessment enables unit leaders and their unit commissioner to identify and prioritize specific tasks that will strengthen the unit most quickly. Collaborative assessments are a new approach; not all unit leaders are going to immediately understand, or perhaps, accept it. Unit commissioners should do their best to gain acceptance (their relationship with unit leaders will be an asset in that), but each unit needs a customized service plan. Sometimes, the only alternative will be to build that plan based on the unit commissioner’s assessment of the unit’s strengths and needs. Done well, that should ultimately cause unit leaders to think more highly of Unit Service and increase their acceptance of a collaborative approach to assessment and plan development.

Apopka Shores District Commissioners are a Team that has been localized to your community to serve the Chartered Organization and its units. Our structure is designed to serve our units.

Apopka Shores District Chartered Organizations

Packs Troops Crews Ships Posts


TEAMSTEAM LeadersUnit Commissioners
TEAM 1 ApopkaADC Rich CadyUC Jason Koch

UC Robert Mullins

UC Bob Monto

UC Bob Newton

TEAM 2 South LakeADC Anderson ReidUC Scott Niswander

UC Jim Washington

TEAM 3 Orange CountyADC OPEN

ADC Anderson Reid

UV Gordon Tyson

UC Jim Washington

TEAM 4 LDSADC Mike SaundersUC Mike Saunders
TEAM 5 ExploringADC John LarsenUC John Larsen
Team 5 RoundtableADC Rolando VargasRTC Gail Newton

RTS Open

RTV Cliff Cox

TEAM 7 TrainingADC Bob Foley 
District CommissionerDC Bob Monto