Training the Commissioner Corps

Welcome to the Midnight Sun Council Commissioner Corps!

 We currently have 22 commissioners serving the youth of Northern Alaska.  Unit commissioners are volunteer Scouters who provide the primary link between their assigned units and the district and council.  They carry out this responsibility by periodic visits to unit meetings and other events, contacts with the unit’s leadership, and interactions with the unit committee and charter partner.  They then report these contacts, including assessments of the unit’s health, via  Unit commissioners have a role in timely annual unit re-chartering, in urging the development and use of the unit service plan and its associated Journey to Excellence performance evaluation, in assuring stable and effective unit leadership, and in passing news, information and other communication back and forth between the council and the unit.  

Because of all these important functions, commissioner training is essential.  Our commissioners (unit commissioners, roundtable commissioners, district and council commissioners) are required to complete the following trainings to be considered "BSA Trained":

              -Youth Protection Training

              -Unit Commissioner Fast Start

              -Commissioner Tools

              -Commissioner Basic Training

And we advise they also take:

               -LDS Commissioner Orientation

 Most of these training courses are available online at, but the Commissioner Basic Training is an 8-hour classroom course that we offer about every quarter as needed for our council.  Our recent offerings were in August 2016 (FY16 Q4), December 2016 (FY17 Q1), and January 2017 (FY17 Q2).  Here in a couple more months we'll be having the class again for any untrained commissioners or other scouting volunteers who may want to be commissioners in the future.

Within our team, we currently have the following training completion rates as of February 10, 2017:

               -Youth Protection Training 22/22

               -Unit Commissioner Fast Start 18/22

               -Commissioner Tools 9/22

               -Basic Training 20/22

               -LDS Commissioner Orientation 6/22

In addition to these standards, our council established the College of Commissioner Science in 2014; commissioners are urged to complete bachelor, masters and doctoral “degrees” in commissioner science.  Modules of coursework toward these degrees, with in-depth coverage of the details of commissioner service, are offered monthly in conjunction with the Tanana District committee meeting.  Since 2014, the degrees listed below have been earned (each with an accompanying pizza party).  Most other members of the commissioner corps are working on earning these advanced commissioner degrees.

               -Nicole Hansen - Bachelors - Class of 2015

               -Nicole Hansen - Masters - Class of 2016

               -Brenda Stapp - Bachelors - Class of 2016

               -Tyson Forbush - Bachelors - Class of 2016            

We invite you to consider joining our commissioner corps!  Serve units, serve youth, learn scouting, win awards!  

See you on the team!

Report by Yukon Jack DeFabio, Assistant Council Commissioner (Training & Awards)

Contact Yukon Jack DeFabio, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Larry Bennett, Council Commissioner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 907-479-5118.

TForbushandJDeFabio Tyson Forbush (R) receives his Bachelor of Commissioner Science degree from Jack DeFabio, Dean of the College,

at a recent ceremony at the Council Service Center



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