The role of commissioners is to help Units succeed, thus it is necessary for them to know at what units are trying to succeed. A Unit is the basic structure operated by a Chartered Organization to deliver the program of the Boy Scouts of America to youth members. The BSA works with and through the chartered organization to serve youth. It is important that the Chartered Organization be served by the Commissioner.
Councils, Districts, or national publications are trying to do an excellent job in generating program support for the Unit. We have efficiently loaded the cargo into the vehicle. But no matter how valuable the cargo, it will be of little use if the vehicle doesn’t run properly.
Unless Scouting Units are strong and efficient, the program won’t reach the boy. No matter how well organized the Council and District, the program delivery system stalls or fails with weak Units.
The concept for today’s Commissioner service focuses on the Unit. Commissioners have a specific mission: to keep the Units operating at maximum efficiency so that they can deliver the program to a growing membership.
Today’s Commissioners are results-oriented rather than procedures-oriented. They are successful in their mission when Units continue to operate, Units regularly accept new boys, and Units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting to their members.
Commissioners are also involved with carrying programs to the Unit, but their main concern is to develop strength in the Unit operation.
In other words, the concept calls for Commissioners to develop program capability in a Unit. They are neither program specialists nor production experts, although they are concerned and knowledgeable in both fields. Their activity is focused, not on program or production, but on the Unit.
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