Stake Leaders and Commissioners

The Stake Role in Scouting


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The implementation and administration of Scouting is done at the ward level through the Aaronic Priesthood and Primary organizations. “Quorums may participate in Scouting activities during Mutual. Scouting should help young men put into practice the gospel principles they learn on Sunday” (Handbook 2: Administering the Church [2010], 8.13.4).“Scout activities take the place of activity days for boys ages 8 through 11. To maintain a gospel focus in Scout activities, leaders use the Faith in God for Boys guidebook as one of their resources. As boys fulfill requirements in the guidebook, they also qualify for religious awards in Scouting” (Handbook 2, 11.5.3). The commissioner’s role is to keep units operating at maximum efficiency by maintaining regular contact with unit leaders and counseling them on where to find assistance. 

Guidance for Stake Presidency Members

“Members of the stake presidency oversee the Aaronic Priesthood in the stake. As part of this responsibility, they instruct bishops in their duty to preside over the Aaronic Priesthood in their wards” (Handbook 2, 8.15.1).  As such, they need to be knowledgeable and prepared to provide that oversight and training.  Although the ideal would be for all members of the stake presidency to be registered and fully trained so that all could provide appropriate instruction and guidance, at least one member of the stake presidency should be 1) registered and 2) complete the proper training.

“The stake president assigns one of his counselors to oversee the stake Young Men organization and Scouting in the stake… This counselor should receive proper training in his Scouting responsibilities” (Handbook 2, 8.15.1).

“The stake president . . . assigns his counselors to oversee . . . Young Men (including Scouting where authorized), . . .[and] Primary. . . These counselors insure that members of stake auxiliary presidencies are instructed in their duties. . . . Members of the stake presidency meet regularly with the presidencies of the auxiliary organizations to which they are assigned” (Handbook 2, 15.1.2).

“The stake presidency sees that Scouting is organized and functioning in each ward in the stake; that young men, boys, and leaders are registered; and that all Scouting units are chartered. They also develop a positive working relationship with the BSA local council and district executive. A member of the stake presidency serves as a member of the LDS-BSA Relationships committee and registers as a member at large for the BSA local council” (Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States [Revised May 2015], 3.1).

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately, click here: Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

“All adult Scouting leaders must be properly registered and must complete Youth Protection training before beginning their service.” LDS Scouting Handbook, 8.5.

BSA Registration for Stake Presidency Members

As a stake presidency member, you may need to register as a member of your Scouting district. Additionally one member of the stake presidency is registered as a council member at large.

If your responsibility as a stake presidency member requires BSA registration and you are currently registered as a Scouter in your home ward, you will need to fill out an Adult Application (as a “multiple” registration). Because this second application is a multiple registration, there is no fee charged.

If your stake presidency responsibilities require BSA registration and you are not currently registered as a Scouter in your home ward, you will need to register. You may first register as a Unit Scouter Reserve (position code 91U) in one of your ward units. Alternatively, you may register as a unit committee member or any other Scouting position (for which specific training will be required). If your calling requires registration with the district and/or council, you may then “multiple register” with either (or both) of these, and no registration fee will be charged.

  • Why register as a Unit Scouter Reserve rather than just simply registering with the district or council?
    • Because the Church will pay the registration fee for any member of a ward Scouting unit.
    • There is no training required for Unit Scouter Reserve (other than Youth Protection training) and attendance at unit meetings is not  required.

General Registration Information for All Leaders

Complete the following two items and return the Adult Application and the Youth Protection certificate to a unit committee chair in your ward if you are registering as a Unit Scouter Reserve AND/OR to your district executive or other district leader to register in your specific district position.

  1. Fill out the Adult Application at Scouting.org or pick one up at your BSA local council office.
    • If you are currently registered with the BSA (or have previously been registered), you need to write your BSA member ID number on your Adult Application. There is no block for this number on the Adult Application, but you can indicate it in the white space to the right of the bubble marked “Former Leader.”
  2. Complete Youth Protection (YP) training at My.Scouting.org.

Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.  Youth Protection training is required for all leaders in LDS units prior to submitting the Adult Application (not “within 30 days” as indicated on the Adult Application).

    • To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org. If you are new to Scouting you must create an account. If you have been registered previously, you simply log onto your My.Scouting.org account and take the course.
      • From the My.Scouting.org portal, click on Home and then My Dashboard and take the Youth Protection training.
      • Youth Protection training expires after two years and must be repeated biennially.
      • If your YP training is still valid, you only need to provide proof of your most recent YP training. A copy of your YP training certificate is available at My.Scouting.org. Click on Home and then My Dashboard. Click onto Completions and find the YP course you took. Select the blue printer icon in the far right of the training course field. It will download into a PDF file that you can save or print.
    • Upon completion of Youth Protection training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed Adult Application(s) to a unit committee chair in your ward  AND/OR to the district executive. Your application(s) will be submitted to the BSA local council office.
    • For leaders new to Scouting: When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will receive a BSA membership card, which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log onto MyScouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and other training records)  to your BSA membership.

Responsibilities of the Stake Presidency

“Members of the stake presidency oversee the Aaronic Priesthood in the stake. As part of this responsibility, they instruct bishops in their duty to preside over the Aaronic Priesthood in their wards” (Handbook 2, 8.15.1).  As such, they need to be knowledgeable and prepared to provide that oversight and training.  Although the ideal would be for all members of the stake presidency to be registered and fully trained so that all could provide appropriate instruction and guidance, at least one member of the stake presidency should be 1) registered and 2) complete the proper training.

“The stake president assigns one of his counselors to oversee the stake Young Men organization and Scouting in the stake… This counselor should receive proper training in his Scouting responsibilities” (Handbook 2,  8.15.1).

“The stake presidency sees that Scouting is organized and functioning in each ward in the stake; that young men, boys, and leaders are registered; and that all Scouting units are chartered. They also develop a positive working relationship with the BSA local council and district executive. A member of the stake presidency serves as a member of the LDS-BSA Relationships committee and registers as a member at large for the BSA local council” (Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States [Revised May 2015], 3.1).

Training for Stake Presidency Members

  1. Youth Protection Training: available online at my.scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Take YP training (because you will be working with boys of all ages, it would be wise to take both standard YP training and Venturing YP training). Or you may take it live in a classroom setting.  Must be renewed every two years.
  2. Suggested training is the same as for chartered organization representatives: This Is Scouting (available online at my.scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Supplemental Training > This Is Scouting), Chartered Organization Representative Fast Start (available online at my.scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Supplemental Training > COR Fast Start), and Training the Chartered Organization Representative (2 ½-hour classroom course)
  3. Additional suggested training includes Wood Badge (multi-day class) and Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting (see below for details).
  4. Other training opportunities may include unit position-specific training (e.g. Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Venturing Advisor), commissioner training, Trainer’s EDGE (or Fundamentals of Training), Powder Horn, and other training opportunities available through the local council.
  5. To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”

Excellent training for the stake presidency is provided at the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting at the Philmont Training Center in New Mexico each summer.  This weeklong course is designed to help stake leaders better understand how Scouting can support the Aaronic Priesthood and Primary. Stake presidency members may invite their families and make this a weeklong family vacation. Details about the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting are found at the LDS-BSA Relationships website  (click on Philmont).

As moved upon by the Spirit, members of the stake presidency provide instruction on Scouting at stake priesthood leadership meetings, ward conferences, and during other visits to wards.  Topics could include interviewing for callings, youth leadership, planning, and follow-up (“return and report”) principles.

Guidance for Stake Young Men Presidency Members

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately, click here: Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

“All adult Scouting leaders must be properly registered and must complete Youth Protection training before beginning their service.” LDS Scouting Handbook, 8.5.

As a member of the Young Men stake presidency, you might be asked  to register as a member of your Scout district (as a unit commissioner or as a member of a district committee). Unit commissioners and other Scout leaders at the district level must be registered with the BSA. Even if you are not serving as a registered Scouter, you will want to learn about the Scouting program as it relates to the Young Men in your stake.

Details about preparing to serve in the stake Young Men presidency may be found by clicking onto the tab or tabs for those ward Scouting units (troops, teams, and/or crews) for which you have oversight. The generic instructions on those unit tabs will give you information on how to register (if required), what training is required, and other resources to help you in your Scouting responsibilities.

If your responsibilities as a member of the stake YM presidency require BSA registration and you are currently registered as a Scouter in your home ward, you may need to fill out an Adult Application (as a “multiple” registration) to serve as a district Scouter. Because this second application is a multiple registration, there is no fee charged.

If your stake position requires BSA registration and are not currently registered as a Scouter in your home ward, you will need to register. You may first register as a Unit Scouter Reserve (position code 91U) in one of your ward units. Alternatively, you may register as a unit committee member, assistant leader, or any other Scouting position (for which specific training will be required). If your calling requires registration with the district, you may then “multiple register” with the district, and no registration fee will be charged.

  • Why register as a Unit Scouter Reserve rather than just simply registering with the district?
    • Because the Church will pay the registration fee for any member of a ward Scouting unit.
    • There is no training required for Unit Scouter Reserve (other than Youth Protection training) and attendance at unit meetings is not  required.

General Registration Information for All Leaders

Complete the following two items and return the Adult Application and the Youth Protection certificate to a unit committee chair in your ward if you are registering as a Unit Scouter Reserve AND/OR to your district executive or other district leader to register in your specific district position.

  1. Fill out the Adult Application at Scouting.org or pick one up at your BSA local council office.
    • If you are currently registered with the BSA (or have previously been registered), you need to write your BSA member ID number on your Adult Application. There is no block for this number on the Adult Application, but you can indicate it in the white space to the right of the bubble marked “Former Leader.”
  2. Complete Youth Protection (YP) training at My.Scouting.org.

Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.  Youth Protection training is required for all leaders in LDS units prior to submitting the Adult Application (not “within 30 days” as indicated on the Adult Application).

    • To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org. If you are new to Scouting you must create an account. If you have been registered previously, you simply log onto your My.Scouting.org account and take the course.
      • From the My.Scouting.org portal, click on Home and then My Dashboard and take the Youth Protection training.
      • Youth Protection training expires after two years and must be repeated biennially.
      • If your YP training is still valid, you only need to provide proof of your most recent YP training. A copy of your YP training certificate is available at My.Scouting.org. Click on Home and then My Dashboard. Click onto Completions and find the YP course you took. Select the blue printer icon in the far right of the training course field. It will download into a PDF file that you can save or print.
    • Upon completion of Youth Protection training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed Adult Application(s) to a unit committee chair in your ward  AND/OR to the district executive. Your application(s) will be submitted to the BSA local council office.
    • For leaders new to Scouting: When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will receive a BSA membership card, which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log onto MyScouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and other training records)  to your BSA membership.

Responsibilities of the Stake Young Men Presidency

The stake Young Men presidency should provide orientation and ongoing instruction on Scouting to ward Young Men presidencies and Scout leaders. They should also serve as unit commissioners.

“The principal responsibilities of stake auxiliary presidencies are to assist the stake presidency and to instruct and support ward auxiliary presidencies. They do not fulfill assignments that should be fulfilled on the ward or family level. Stake auxiliary presidencies have the following responsibilities: They orient newly called ward auxiliary presidencies. They also provide ongoing encouragement, support, and instruction for ward auxiliary presidencies and teachers. They should base some of their instruction on chapters 1–6 in this handbook and the chapter for their auxiliary organization. They meet with these leaders regularly to learn of their needs, discuss the needs of the members they serve, and communicate information from the stake presidency. Periodically they visit ward meetings and classes as arranged with ward leaders” (Handbook 2.  15.4.1).

The Handbook 2 chapter for Aaronic Priesthood includes training on Scouting duties.  Specific commissioner roles and training are provided in the stake Young Men section.

The stake Young Men presidency has a specific role in Scouting to conduct training and coordinate stake and BSA support for ward units.

“The stake Young Men presidency, under the direction of the stake presidency, conducts training and coordinates support for the individual Aaronic Priesthood Scouting programs in each ward. They orient newly called ward Young Men presidencies and provide ongoing instruction and encouragement. They register with BSA as unit commissioners serving as liaisons to the individual Scouting units (troops, teams, crews) within the stake. The stake presidency may designate other members of the stake to serve with the stake Young Men presidency as unit commissioners (see 3.5). The stake Young Men presidency receives appropriate Scout leader training and participates in district committee meetings and roundtables. They also meet regularly and create close relationships with unit leaders; inform them of BSA district and council activities, training opportunities, policies, and health and safety issues; and assist with rechartering” (Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States [Revised May 2015], 3.3).

Training for Stake Young Men Presidency Members Serving as Unit Commissioners

When serving as unit commissioners, stake Young Men presidency members are in a unique position to bring both Church and BSA resources to help units in the wards.

Training for stake Young Men presidency members serving as unit commissioners requires:

  1. Youth Protection training (standard and/or YP for Venturing crews): available online at my.scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Take YP training (standard and/or Venturing YP). Or you may take it live in a classroom setting.  Must be renewed every two years.
  2. This Is Scouting (available online at my.scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Other > Supplemental Training > This Is Scouting)
  3. Unit Commissioner Fast Start (available online at my.scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Other > Fast Start Orientation Training > Unit Commissioner Fast Start)
  4. Familiarity with Commissioner Tools . See Unit Service Plan and Commissioner Tools at www.scouting.org and Commissioner Tools on my.Scouting.org.
  5. Basic Training
    • For unit commissioners: Commissioner Basic Training (CBT) (classroom)
    • For assistant district commissioners (ADCs): in addition to CBT, the ADC needs to take District Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner training (classroom)
  6. Additional training should include monthly commissioners meetings, unit position-specific training for a position in one or more of his assigned units (for example: Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training, Troop Committee Challenge, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, etc.), and annual commissioner conference/Commissioner College
  7. Additional training could include Wood Badge (multiday class)
  8. Additional training opportunities may include Powder Horn and other training available through the local council.

Required Position-Specific Training: You should encourage ward Scouting leaders to become trained in their positions (see bullet #5 below). To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”

Unit Commissioner Duties

“Unit commissioners serve as resources to help Scout units succeed throughout the stake. Each Cub pack, Scout troop, Varsity team, and Venturing crew should be served by a unit commissioner. Members of the stake Young Men presidency serve as unit commissioners. The stake presidency may also designate members of the stake Primary presidency or other stake members as unit commissioners, as long as this assignment will not overburden these members” (LDS Scouting Handbook, 3.5).

Among other things, unit commissioners have the following responsibilities. The first six of the following responsibilities are quoted from the LDS Scouting Handbook, 3.5. The seventh is equally important.

  1. Register with BSA and receive required training.
  2. Learn about Scout policies, procedures, and opportunities.
  3. Establish a close relationship with adult Scout leaders in wards and visit with them regularly.
  4. Provide initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction for all Scout units in the stake.
  5. Inform Scout units of training opportunities, health and safety issues, and activities in the stake and in the BSA local district and council “ (LDS Scouting Handbook, 3.5).
  6. Provide meaningful communication between Scout units and the stake and between Scout units and the BSA local district. This can be done at roundtable meetings, stake leadership meetings, or any other time
  7. Facilitate annual rechartering, and present the unit charter to a member of the bishopric at a pack meeting or court of honor.

As unit commissioners to LDS units, initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction to the wards should include organization principles; membership recharter and youth participation; youth and adult leadership; program planning; and youth and adult recognition.

Additional Resources for Stake Young Men Presidency Members Serving as Commissioners

There are many excellent resources for commissioners. These include:

Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to position-specific courses for unit commissioners, new-unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners, and roundtable commissioners

Guidance for Stake Primary Presidency Members

The stake Primary presidency should provide orientation and ongoing instruction on Scouting to the ward Primary leaders. The responsibilities of the stake Primary presidency are included in Handbook 2 in the section concerning responsibilities of stake auxiliary presidencies, as indicated below.

“The principal responsibilities of stake auxiliary presidencies are to assist the stake presidency and to instruct and support ward auxiliary presidencies. They do not fulfill assignments that should be fulfilled on the ward or family level.

“Stake auxiliary presidencies have the following responsibilities:

“They orient newly called ward auxiliary presidencies. They also provide ongoing encouragement, support, and instruction for ward auxiliary presidencies and teachers. They should base some of their instruction on chapters 1–6 in this handbook [Handbook 2] and the chapter for their auxiliary organization. They meet with these leaders regularly to learn of their needs, discuss the needs of the members they serve, and communicate information from the stake presidency. Periodically they visit ward meetings and classes as arranged with ward leaders” (Handbook 2 Administering the Church [2010]. 15.4.1).

 

The stake Primary presidency has a specific role in Scouting to conduct training and coordinate stake and BSA support for Cub Scout and eleven-year-old Scout programs in the wards. Part of that responsibility includes encouraging the ward Primary presidencies to ensure that all Scout leaders under their direction are registered.

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately, click here: Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

“The stake Primary presidency, under the direction of the stake presidency, coordinates support for the individual Scouting programs in each ward Primary organization. They orient newly called ward Primary presidencies and provide ongoing instruction and encouragement. They help ward Primary presidencies understand Church Scouting policies and how Scouting and the Faith in God program work together. They help plan day camps, when needed.

“The stake Primary presidency may register with BSA as unit commissioners, or the stake presidency may designate other members of the stake to serve as unit commissioners under the direction of the stake Primary presidency. In making this assignment, the stake presidency should be careful not to overburden members who have other obligations. Unit commissioners function as liaisons to the Cub Scout program and the eleven- year-old Scouting program in each ward” (Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States [Revised May 2015], 3.4).

The chapter in Handbook 2 for “Primary” includes training on Scouting duties. Specific responsibilities of those members of the stake Primary presidency who are serving as unit commissioners are included below. Additional information may also be found in the Unit Commissioner tab.

 

Stake Primary Presidency Members Serving as Unit Commissioners

As unit commissioners, stake Primary presidency members are in a unique position to bring both Church and BSA resources to help units in the wards.

Training to be a unit commissioner requires:

  1. Youth Protection training available online at my.scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Take Youth Protection training. Or you may take it live in a classroom setting.  Must be renewed every two years.
  2. This Is Scouting (available online at my.scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Supplemental Training > This Is Scouting)
  3. Unit Commissioner Fast Start (available online at my.scouting.org )
  4. Commissioner Tools familiarization. See Unit Service Plan and Commissioner Tools at www.scouting.org and Commissioner Tools at my.scouting.org.
  5. Basic Training
    • For unit commissioners: Commissioner Basic Training (CBT) (classroom)
    • For assistant district commissioners (ADCs): in addition to CBT, the ADC needs to take District Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner training (classroom)
  6. Additional training should include monthly commissioners meetings, unit position-specific training for a position in one or more or his or her assigned units (for example: den leader training, Troop Committee Challenge, Den Leader Specific Training, etc.), and annual commissioner conference/Commissioner College
  7. Additional training could include Wood Badge (multiday class)
  8. Additional training opportunities may include Powder Horn and other training available through the local council.

Stake Primary presidency members should work with ward Primary presidencies to encourage ward Scouting leaders to take their required leader position-specific training (see bullet #5 below). To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”

 

“Unit commissioners serve as resources to help Scout units succeed throughout the stake. Each Cub pack, Scout troop, Varsity team, and Venturing crew should be served by a unit commissioner. Members of the stake Young Men presidency serve as unit commissioners. The stake presidency may also designate members of the stake Primary presidency or other stake members as unit commissioners, as long as this assignment will not overburden these members” (LDS Scouting Handbook, 3.5).

The first six of the following unit commissioner responsibilities are quoted from the Scouting Handbook. The seventh is also important in assisting a pack or troop to succeed. Among other things, unit commissioners have the following responsibilities.

  1. Register with BSA and receive required training.
  2. Learn about Scout policies, procedures, and opportunities.
  3. Establish a close relationship with adult Scout leaders in wards and visit with them regularly.
  4. Provide initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction for all Scout units in the stake.
  5. Inform Scout units of training opportunities, health and safety issues, and activities in the stake and in the BSA local district and council “ (LDS Scouting Handbook, 3.5).
  6. Provide meaningful communication between Scout units and the stake and between Scout units and the BSA local district. This can be done at roundtable meetings, stake leadership meetings, or any other time.
  7. Facilitate annual rechartering, and present the unit charter to a member of the bishopric at a pack meeting or court of honor.

 

As unit commissioners to LDS units, initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction to the wards should include organization principles; membership recharter and youth participation; youth and adult leadership; program planning; and youth and adult recognition.

Additional Resources for Primary Presidency Members Serving as Commissioners

There are many excellent resources for commissioners. These include:

Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to position-specific courses for unit commissioners, new-unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners, and roundtable commissioners

Guidance for High Councilors With Scouting Responsibilities (ADC)

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately, click here: Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

“All adult Scouting leaders must be properly registered and must complete Youth Protection training before beginning their service.” LDS Scouting Handbook, 8.5.

High Councilors Assigned to the Stake Young Men and Primary

“The stake president assigns a member of the high council to work with the stake Young Men presidency” (Handbook 2:  Administering the Church [2010], 8.15.2).

“The stake president assigns a member of the high council to work with the stake Primary presidency. This high councilor’s responsibilities are outlined in Handbook 2: 15.3. In addition to those responsibilities, he helps implement the Scouting program for boys ages 8 through 11 where it is authorized by the Church (see the Church’s Scouting Handbook)” (Handbook 2, 11.6.2).

The high counselors should meet periodically with the presidencies of the auxiliaries to whom they are assigned.

  • They should support the auxiliary presidencies in their callings, and also report to the stake presidency, as appropriate.
  • For the high councilors to effectively provide direction and guidance, they should be registered and trained as assistant district commissioners (see LDS Scouting Handbook [May 2015], section 3.2).

In addition to the information provided in this “Stake Leaders” tab, other material that will assist you in serving as a high councilor over Scouting may be found by clicking onto the tab or tabs for those Scouting units for which you have oversight. The generic instructions on those unit tabs will give you information on how to register (if required), what training is required, and other resources to help you in your Scouting responsibilities.

How a High Councilor Can Register as an Adult Leader in the BSA

If your stake presidency requests that you register with the district as a unit commissioner, assistant district commissioner, or in another district position, and if you are currently registered as a Scouter in your home ward, you will need to fill out an Adult Application (as a “multiple” registration). Submit this multiple registration to the district commissioner.

If you are not currently registered with the BSA, you should register as soon as possible through your home ward. You may register as a Unit Scouter Reserve (position code 91U) in one of your ward units. Alternatively, with bishopric approval you may register as a unit committee member (in which case, specific training as a committee member will be required). If your calling requires registration with the district (for example, as an assistant district commissioner), you may then “multiple register” with the district as indicated above.

  • Why register as a Unit Scouter Reserve rather than just simply registering with the district?
    • Because the Church will pay the registration fee for any member of a ward Scouting unit.
    • There is no training required for Unit Scouter Reserve (other than Youth Protection training) and attendance at unit meetings is not  required.

 

Registration Helps

Complete the following two items and return the Adult Application and the Youth Protection certificate to a unit committee chair in your ward if you are registering as a ward Scouter and/or to your district executive or other district leader to register in your specific district position.

  1. Fill out the Adult Application at Scouting.org or pick one up at your BSA local council office.
    • If you are currently registered with the BSA (or have previously been registered), you need to write your BSA member ID number on your Adult Application. There is no block for this number on the Adult Application, but you can indicate it in the white space to the right of the bubble marked “Former Leader.”
  2. Complete Youth Protection (YP) training at My.Scouting.org.

    Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.  Youth Protection training is required for all leaders in LDS units prior to submitting the Adult Application (not “within 30 days” as indicated on the Adult Application).

    • To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org. If you are new to Scouting you must create an account. If you have been registered previously, you simply log onto your My.Scouting.org account and take the course.
      • From the My.Scouting.org portal, click Home and My Dashboard and take the Youth Protection training. Venturing Youth Protection is required for those working with priest-age youth.
      • Youth Protection training expires after two years and must be repeated biennially.
      • If your YP training is still valid, you only need to provide proof of your most recent YP training. A copy of your YP training certificate is available at My.Scouting.org. Click on Home and then My Dashboard. Click onto Completions and find the YP course you took. Select the blue printer icon in the far right of the training course field. It will download into a PDF file that you can save or print.
    • Upon completion of Youth Protection training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed Adult Application(s) to a unit committee chair in your ward  AND/OR to the district executive. Your application(s) will be submitted to the BSA local council office.
    • For leaders new to Scouting: When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will receive a BSA membership card, which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log onto MyScouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and  other training records)  to your BSA membership.

     

    Scouting Responsibilities for High Councilors 

    “The stake presidency may assign high councilors who have  assignments relating to the Aaronic Priesthood and Primary to meet as an Aaronic Priesthood committee to discuss Scouting-related matters (see Handbook 2: Administering the Church [2010], 15.3.2). These high councilors register with the BSA as assistant district commissioners. They receive appropriate BSA training, participate in the monthly district commissioner meetings, and work closely with the district commissioner and unit commissioners in their stake” (Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States [May 2015], 3.2).

    The high councilors work with the stake presidency to coordinate Primary- and YM-related Scouting activities (e.g. eleven-year-old Scout camp).

    High councilors assist the stake presidency in providing instruction at stake priesthood leadership meetings, ward conferences, and during other visits to wards.

    High councilors who are asked by the stake presidency to serve as assistant district commissioners (ADC) should refer to “Specific Responsibilities of an LDS Unit Commissioner” in the “Guidance for Unit Commissioners” tab for a basic introduction regarding the role of LDS commissioners.

    “High councilors also attend the stake auxiliary leadership meetings for the auxiliaries to which they are assigned” (Handbook 2, 15.3.1).

    “The high councilor assigned to the Primary informs the stake Primary presidency of training opportunities and helps them provide support and assistance to the ward Primary organizations” (LDS Scouting Handbook, 3.4).

    A high councilor may be invited to represent the stake at a council LDS Relationships committee meeting if a stake presidency member is unable to attend.

     

    Training for High Councilors Serving as Commissioners

    If the high councilor registers to serve as a unit commissioner (UC) or an assistant district commissioner (ADC) as suggested above, he would need to take BSA training for those positions.

    Training for a high councilor serving as a unit commissioner requires:

    1. Youth Protection training (standard and/or YP for Venturing crews): available online at my.scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Take YP training (standard and/or Venturing YP). Or you may take it live in a classroom setting.  Must be renewed every two years.
    2. This Is Scouting (available online at my.scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Other > Supplemental Training > This Is Scouting)
    3. Unit Commissioner Fast Start (available online at my.scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Other > Fast Start Orientation Training > Unit Commissioner Fast Start)
    4. Commissioner Tools familiarization. See Unit Service Plan and Commissioner Tools at www.scouting.org and Commissioner Tools at my.scouting.org.
    5. Basic Training (leader specific training for commissioners)
      • For unit commissioners: Commissioner Basic Training (CBT)
      • For assistant district commissioners (ADCs): in addition to CBT, the ADC needs to take District Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner training (classroom)
    6. Additional training should include monthly commissioners meetings, unit position-specific training for a position in one or more or his or her assigned units (for example: den leader training, Troop Committee Challenge, Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training, etc.), and annual commissioner conference/Commissioner College
    7. Additional training could include Wood Badge (multi-day class)
    8. Additional training opportunities may include Powder Horn and other training available through the local council.
    9. If invited by the stake president, the high councilor over Primary and/or YM could attend the Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting at the Philmont Training Center.

Required Position-Specific TrainingTo find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”

Guidance for Unit Commissioners

Unit commissioners serve as resources to help Scouting units succeed. The position of a unit commissioner (UC) is a local Scouting district appointment, rather than a Church calling. Following an interview with a stake member, the stake presidency may recommend to the district commissioner that the person serve as a unit commissioner. The Aaronic Priesthood (8) section of Handbook 2:  Administering the Church [2010] , includes information on the roles and training of commissioners.

The Unit Commissioner Registers As an Adult Leader in the BSA

“All adult Scouting leaders must be properly registered and must complete Youth Protection training before beginning their service” LDS Scouting Handbook, 8.5.

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately, click here: Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

Many new unit commissioners (UCs) are already registered with their home wards. The new UC should fill out an Adult Application (as a “multiple registration,” also known as a “dual registration”) to serve as a district Scouter. Because this second application is a “multiple” registration, there is no fee charged.

A new unit commissioner who is not currently registered as a Scouter in his or her home ward (or isn’t currently serving in another Scouting position) must fill out and submit an Adult Application. He (or she) may first register as a Unit Scouter Reserve (position code 91U) in one of his ward Scouting units. Alternatively, he may register as a unit committee member, assistant leader, or any other Scouting position (for which additional training will be required). He may then “multiple register” with the district. In either case, the person will not be charged a fee because the “primary registration” is paid by the Church in the LDS unit.

Why register as a Unit Scouter Reserve rather than just simply registering with the district?

  • Because the Church will pay the registration fee for any member of a ward Scouting unit. The leader will be on record as belonging to an LDS ward or stake.
  • As for all ward Scouting leaders, the registration fee is paid by Church headquarters directly to the National Council.
  • The unit commissioner may then multiple register as a unit commissioner with the district, and because the Scouter is already registered with the BSA through the ward, there is no registration fee.
  • There is no training required for Unit Scouter Reserve (other than Youth Protection training) and attendance at unit meetings is not expected.

Registration Helps

Complete the following two items and return the Adult Application and the Youth Protection certificate to a unit committee chair in your ward if you are registering as a ward Scouter and/or to your district executive or other district leader for processing by the BSA.

  1. Fill out the Adult Application at Scouting.org or pick one up at your BSA local council office.
    • If you are currently registered with the BSA (or have previously been registered), you need to write your BSA member ID number on your Adult Application. There is no block for this number on the Adult Application, but you can indicate it in the white space to the right of the bubble marked “Former Leader.”
  2. Complete Youth Protection (YP) training at My.Scouting.org.

Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.  Youth Protection training is required for all leaders in LDS units prior to submitting the Adult Application (not “within 30 days” as indicated on the Adult Application).

  • To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org. If you are new to Scouting you must create an account. If you have been registered previously, you simply log onto your My.Scouting.org account and take the course.
    • From the My.Scouting.org portal, click Home > My Dashboard and take the Youth Protection training. Venturing Youth Protection is required for those serving units with priest-age youth.
    • Youth Protection training expires after two years and must be repeated biennially.
    • If your YP training is still valid, you only need to provide proof of your most recent YP training. A copy of your YP training certificate is available at My.Scouting.org. Click on Home > My Dashboard > Completions and scroll to the YP course you took. Select the blue printer icon in the far right of the training course field. It will download into a PDF file that you can save or print.
  • Upon completion of YP training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed Adult Application(s) to a unit committee chair in your ward  AND/OR to the district executive. Your application(s) will be submitted to the BSA local council office.
  • For leaders new to Scouting: When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will receive a BSA membership card, which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log onto MyScouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and  other training records)  to your BSA membership.

Training for a Unit Commissioner 

  1. Youth Protection training (standard and/or YP for Venturing crews): available online at My.Scouting.org> Home > My Dashboard > Take YP training (standard and/or Venturing YP). Or you may take it live in a classroom setting.  Must be renewed every two years.
  2. This Is Scouting (available online at My.Scouting.org> Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Other > Supplemental Training > This Is Scouting)
  3. Unit Commissioner Fast Start (available online at My.Scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Other > Fast Start Orientation Training > Unit Commissioner Fast Start)
  4. Commissioner Tools familiarization.  See Unit Service Plan and Commissioner Tools at www.scouting.org.  The new Commissioner Tools on My.Scouting.org is the means whereby a unit commissioner is able to schedule meetings, record assessments following unit contacts, view rosters of adult and youth members of a unit, review the training status of the adults in his or her units, and more.
  5. Basic Training (leader specific training for commissioners)
    • For unit commissioners: Commissioner Basic Training (CBT)
    • For assistant district commissioners (ADCs): in addition to CBT, the ADC needs to take District Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner training (classroom).
  6. Additional training should include monthly commissioners meetings, unit position-specific training for a position in one or more or his or her assigned units (for example: den leader training, Troop Committee Challenge, Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training, etc.), and the annual commissioner conference (Commissioner College).
  7. Additional training could include Wood Badge (amulti-day class).
  8. Additional training opportunities may include Powder Horn and other training available through the local council.

A unit commissioner works with the units Key 3 in encouraging all leaders in the unit to complete their required leader position-specific training. To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions,  click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”

Uniform

“Commissioners set a personal example with correct uniforming…” (Commissioner Fieldbook for Unit Service, [2012], 19).  As a district Scouter, the unit commissioner wears the silver “district” shoulder tabs. There is a specific “Unit Commissioner” position patch for the left sleeve.

When the commissioner has completed Commissioner Basic Training, This Is Scouting, and Fast Start he or she may wear the Trained strip under the commissioner patch.

Specific Responsibilities of a Unit Commissioner

The latest iteration of the Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States (revised in May 2015) includes a new section, 3.5, regarding the role of unit commissioners.  It is quoted below:

“Unit commissioners serve as resources to help Scouting units succeed throughout the stake. Each Cub pack, Scout troop, Varsity team, and Venturing crew should be served by a unit commissioner. Members of the stake Young Men presidency serve as unit commissioners. The stake presidency may also designate members of the stake Primary presidency or other stake members as unit commissioners, as long as this assignment will not overburden these members. Unit commissioners have the following responsibilities:

  1. Register with BSA and receive required training.
  2. Learn about Scout policies, procedures, and evaluation programs.
  3. Establish a close relationship with adult Scout leaders in wards, interact with them regularly, and report the condition of Scouting in the stake to the assistant district commissioner.
  4. Provide initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction for all Scout units in the stake.
  5. Inform Scouting units of training opportunities, charter renewal deadlines, health and safety issues, and activities in the stake and in the BSA local district and council.
  6. Provide meaningful communication between Scouting units and the stake and between Scouting units and the BSA local district. This can be done at roundtable meetings, stake leadership meetings, or any other time” (LDS Scouting Handbook, 3.5).

“The main responsibility of a commissioner is to keep Scouting units alive, healthy, happy, and re-registered on time.” (Commissioner Helps for Packs, Troops, and Crews [2012], BSA publication No. 33618, 3).

Unit commissioners are in a unique position to bring both Church and BSA resources to help units in the ward. The unit commissioner tries to have monthly contact with the assigned units in various ways: meet with least one member of the Key 3 (committee chair, unit leader, and/or chartered organization representative); or attend a unit committee meeting or a unit meeting (pack meeting, patrol meeting, court of honor, outdoor activity, etc.). They report this contact to the district (usually via an electronic reporting system). In addition to other assistance, the unit commissioner will facilitate the annual charter renewal process and present the new unit charter to a member of the bishopric at a pack meeting or court of honor.

Unit commissioners should attend the monthly commissioners meeting held at the district level. At the meeting the commissioners plan and review all the tasks needed to provide good unit service. Unit commissioners report to the district commissioner the health of each of his or her assigned units.

Initial orientation, ongoing support, and instruction to the wards by unit commissioners for LDS units should include organizational principles; annual charter renewal assistance; youth participation; youth and adult leadership; program planning; and youth and adult recognition.

Suggested commissioner actions in these areas might include topics found in material in Commissioner Helps for Packs, Troops, and Crews and the  Guide to Safe Scouting.

 

There are many excellent resources for commissioners. These include:

Basic training has been changed from one course for all commissioners to position-specific courses for unit commissioners, new-unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners, and roundtable commissioners

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