Commissioner Training

Illustration Credit:  Occoneechee Council, Boy Scouts of America, Raleigh, NC 27629-1229

New “Leader Essentials” now titled “This Is Scouting”

There are a number of Training and Recognitions opportunities just for Commissioners.  These training programs will help you be a better Commissioner.  A better Commissioner means you are able to help your units and leaders better and more effectively.  The recognitions show that you are doing your job as a Commissioner and learning more.

Fast Start

Fast start is the first step for any new Commissioner and is to be delivered immediately after a new Commissioner registers and before he or she meets with their assigned units.

Unit Commissioner

Youth Protection

As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, our first job is to protect our youth from injury and abuse.  We are now offering the Youth Protection Training online. Click here to begin training and learn the facts and responsibilities of youth protection.  When you are done, you will be able to print off a trained certificate and we will be automatically notified that you have taken this course.

Basic Commissioner Training (CBT) & Roundtable Commissioner Training

A new Commissioner should complete the Basic Commissioner Training as soon as possible after taking the Commissioner position.  There is general Commissioner information and Commissioner specific information.  Roundtable Commissioner have special training to address roundtable needs, while Unit Commissioners get training about visiting their units.  It may also be helpful to a new Commissioner to take the Leader Specific training for Cub Scout Leaders, Boy Scout Leaders, or Venturing Leaders if you have not involved in that area of the Scouting Program, but are not required to become basic trained.

In this three part course, you will learn the fundamentals of the critical job of unit service.

Part 1 — Why Commissioners: Topics covered include Aims and Methods of Scouting, the Commissioner Service Role, Supporting the Unit, and Unit Program Planning.
Part 2 — Units: The Commissioners Greatest Priority: Topics covered include Unit Committee Functions, Youth Protection, and Quality Unit Operation.
Part 3 — How to Help a Unit: Topics covered include Counseling, the District Committee, Membership Management, Unit Charter Renewal Process, and Saving a Unit


In the Commissioner Field Guide, there is a Self-Evaluation form for a Commissioner to evaluate their performance in their Commissioner position.  This evaluation will help you determine areas you may need additional training or help from your Assistant District Commissioner.

Commissioner Meetings

The District Commissioner will hold Commissioner Meetings where all your district’s Commissioner will meet and learn about Commissioner stuff.  Here, Commissioners learn of important information to take to their units that they may not get for months.  There is also some training on important Commissioner functions.

Commissioner College

Go beyond the basics and learn additional skills to help you as a Commissioner.  Earn your Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degrees in Commissioner Science.

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Philmont Training Center

Advanced Commissioner training is available at the Philmont Training Center located on the grounds of the Philmont Scout Range outside of Cimarron, New Mexico.  Here week-long training programs are offered over the summer months for leaders from all over the country.  Sharing and learning is outstanding at Philmont.  Philmont is also a special place to also include your family.  It is Scouting Paradise.

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