Course Catelog

National Courses BCS 101-199, MCS 301-399, DCS 501-599, CED 701-799
These courses are the courses listed on the Commissioner Training web page. With minor variations, these courses form the curriculum of Commissioner’s Colleges all across the country.

Nor Cal Specific Courses BCS 201-299, MCS 401-499, DCS 601-699, CED 801-899
These courses were designed to met a need, identified by the Commissioners in our service area, which was not met by the National courses. They are intended to be equal in quality to the nationally identified courses and count equally toward degrees.

Bachelors Level Courses   [Masters Level]   [Doctoral Level]   [Continuing Education]

Course Number Course Title Course Description
BCS 101 The Commissioner Concept An overview of Commissioner Service and the single most important resource — The Commissioner Fieldbook.
BCS 102 Supporting Timely Unit Charter Renewal Learn how to guide units and chartered partner organizations through the renewal process, including membership inventory and use of the online charter renewal tool
BCS 103 Commissioner and the District Learn typical structure and functions of the District, the relationship of District professional staff and volunteers, and how to use the resources of the District to better support the units you serve.
BCS 104 Contacting Units Insights on effective unit visits, what to look for, and how to be a help. How to track your visits with the Unit Visit Tracking System.
BCS 105 Practical Solutions to Common Unit Needs A Commissioner’s primary purpose is to help units succeed, develop a better program, and operate effectively. Frequently Commissioners are called upon to assist units with concerns that could hinder the unit’s success. Participants in this course will become familiar with how to respond to these concerns using Commissioner Helps and Early Warning Signals.
BCS 106 Commissioner’s Priorities Steps in handling unit problems, and using the Journey to Excellence. How to focus on your main job and not be side tracked by other demands on your time.
BCS 108 Effective Roundtables I We will explore the basics of what a Roundtable is and what the structure should look like. We will go through what the the role and responsibility of the Roundtable commissioner. There will be a special emphasis on building a team.
BCS 109 Effective Roundtables II Whether you are a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturing Roundtable Commissioner, teaching using a Hands-On approach is the best way to teach leader that they can do it too. Getting away from the “lecturing approach” to roundtable will give you the “WOW” factor that will increase your Roundtable attendance.
BCS 110 Commissioner Style A commissioner’s style, how they provide service, is as important as what they do in the service process..
BCS 113 Essentials of Serving Scouts with Disabilities Coming soon.
BCS 114 Good Commissioner-Professinal Relationships Both commissioners and professionals share responsibility for building good working relationships in Scouting. No matter what your job or task in the council, skill in working effectively with your professional is important. This course looks at a few general qualities and practical tips for building a good relationship.
BCS 115 The Commissioner and Diversity The United States of America is a unique microcosm of the world’s people. Its makeup is unlike any other country in the world. This has been one of the key elements of our power and success as a nation.

In the past, this country was called “the great melting pot.” Customs and cultures from many lands were expected to blend together like ingredients in a cream soup. But was this really accurate?

Today, we have a better understanding. We’re starting to realize that the United States is more like a beautiful tapestry with the variety of threads with different colors and textures woven together to make this work of art.

BCS 116 Using UVTS This course focuses on how to conduct an Action Planning meeting with a unit using the unit self assessment tools and the guidelines for the Action Planning process.
BCS 117 Selecting Quality Leaders Help your units understand how to find quality leaders. This class outlines an effective process for finding the right person to fill their unit’s leadership needs.
BCS 118 Serving Scouts with Special Needs Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has Special Needs (disAbilities). This course will provide Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can provide a program which provides these youth with the Scouting opportunities to succeed.
BCS 119 Webelos to Scout Transition Participants of this course will become familiar with the timetable of events that should occur and the responsibilities of the participants (Packs, Troops, District and Commissioners). The timetable is year-round and focuses on facilitating a good decision by the Webelos Scout in how and where he will continue his Scouting experience.
BCS 121 Introduction to Venturing Many Commissioners do not understand Venturing and how it fits into the overall BSA program. This course is a brief overview of the structure and methods of Venturing.
BCS 127 Personal Safety Awareness for Venturing To serve as a Venturing commissioner, all crew leaders need to have basic knowledge about abuse of adolescents and the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America. Due to the coeducational membership of Venturing, youth protection takes on added dimensions. This training highlights four different, yet concurrent, areas of adolescent development
BCS 128 Venturing Roundtable The “AIM” of the Venturing forum is to provide training, information, and motivation to Venturing adult leaders and crew officers. Learn how here.
BCS 153 Promoting Roundtables Coming soon.
BCS 156 Recruiting, Training & Recognizing the RT Team Coming soon.
BCS 201 Unit Service Plan (JTE) An overview of the new “Unit Service Plan”. How to make the “Journey to Excellence” more relevant to your units and, and link District and Council resources to help your units be more successful. This is a true “game changer”.
BCS 202 Commissioner Tools My.Scouting Tools provides easy-to-use, intuitive tools to manage virtually all aspects of the Scouting program. The tools in this program (Training Manager, Organization Manager, Member Manager, My Dashboard) are designed to make leaders jobs less time consuming by simplifying the administrative tasks of Scouting. Learn about these tools and how you can promote them to you units.
BCS 204 Program Changes The upcoming changes to the Cub Scout program will be presented including the advancement requirements, the schedule for the change, the new awards and how to transition current Cub Scouts to the new program. Also, the new Venturing program will be discussed including the new award names and requirements.
BCS 205 Summer Camp Commissioners This course describes the task of the Summer Camp Commissioner and focuses on the things that they can do to help a unit and its youth make the most of their summer camp experience.
BCS 206 Commissioner Tools for RT New Commissioner Tools for Roundtable.
BCS 208 Incorporating STEM in your Roundtable STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is a huge initiative in the Boy Scout organization. We will explore a “hands-on” method to incorporate STEM in your Roundtables. Whether you are a Boy Scout or Cub Scout, STEM can enhance your Roundtable
BCS 209 Scoutbook Coming soon.
BCS 210 Inclusion of Scouts with Disabilities Coming soon.
BCS 211 Health and Safety This is a review of the national plans for insuring that scouting is run with the lowest practical level of risk of injury and disease.
BCS 212 Ask the Commissioner Coming soon.

Masters Level Courses   [Bachelors Level]   [Doctoral Level]   [Continuing Education]

Course Number Course Title Course Description
MCS 301 No Lapse/No Drop Explore why units lapse or drop and how to prevent it, and why this is so important.
MCS 302 Unit and Council Finance This class provides an overview of the unit budget plan, who pays for Scouting at all levels from the unit to National, successful unit money-earning projects, and how to help units with special financial needs
MCS 303 Comissioner Lifesaving I This session sets the stage for saving a unit and reviews the basic unit lifesaving steps. Getting to know your units will help you identify when, and how to address issues they face in keeping the units strong and successful.
MCS 304 Comissioner Lifesaving II This is an in-depth continuation of MCS 303, dealing with the seven typical unit “hurry cases.” Your ability to recognize these issues, and prioritize them will assist you and the unit to continue on successfully.
MCS 306 Counseling Skills The best way to strengthen a unit is to strengthen its leadership. Counseling is an effective method in helping unit leaders develop their potential. Even the leader who has completed formal training and has years of experience can benefit from counseling. Where the need for an answer or a solution is not immediate, counseling is preferred over teaching. Effective counseling is one of the most important skills for a commissioner to have.
MCS 308 Venturing and the Commissioner Venturing is one of the basic programs of the Boy Scouts of America. Because as a commissioner you are a key advocate, your commitment to Venturing is essential. Your commitment to good unit service for Venturing crews is vital.
MCS 309 Commissioners Need Both Head and Heart The objective of this session is to help commissioners with at least one or two years of experience reflect on some of the important qualities of good commissioner service (the “head”). The session also provides a variety of inspirational anecdotes for them to share with unit adults as well as other commissioners (the “heart”).
MCS 311 All About Assistant District Commissioners The assistant district commissioner carries a vision of effective Scouting and must communicate that vision through unit commissioners to every unit leader they serve.
ADCs make or break a district’s ability to ensure that every unit receives competent commissioner service. Even the best district commissioner in the council can’t personally train and guide all of the unit commissioners in the district (in a 60-unit district, that’s at least 20 people). So, ADCs are responsible for an assigned share of units in the district, and they supervise the commissioners who serve those units
MCS 312 Recruiting New Commissioners Quality programs flourish and membership grows in a Scouting district only when there is a complete team of quality commissioners.. This avoids overloading the same few volunteers who rarely say no, but who may find it easier to drop out of Scouting than to complain, “That’s enough! I can’t do any more!”
MCS 313 Orienting, Training, and Recognizing Commissioners This session is covers all aspects of commissioner training, including new commissioner orientation, basic training, Arrowhead Honor, the Commissioner’s Key, and continuing education. A variety of classroom techniques are also reviewed. The class is for administrative commissioners (ADCs, DCs, ACCs, and CCs).
MCS 314 Administration of Roundtables Lots of pointers to help you have good quality roundtables, from recruiting staff, evaluating, and financing. Includes the fine points and some case studies.
MCS 315 Effective Unit Service in Low-income Urban Communities This session refers to those urban communities where poverty is a prevailing influence, and where community considerations require refinement and flexibility for volunteer-led packs, troops, crews, and posts to be successful.
MCS 316 Effective Unit Service in Remote Rural Areas Today there is a great variety of rural communities. Some are quite stable, some are experiencing high growth, some have somewhat depressed or static economies and minimal social services, and some are geographically remote. In some, conventional Scouting methods work well. Others aren’t responsive to all of the conventional Scouting methods. This course discusses how to implement a Scouting program in remote rural areas.
MCS 317 How to Remove a Volunteer As a commissioner, you should be prepared to help guide volunteers with how to remove a volunteer. Note: This session will focus on the ineffective volunteer, the person who just isn’t working out. It does not address removing a person for cause or grounds for legal action such as theft, misrepresentation, or committing an immoral act.
MCS 318 Top 10 Ways to Assure Good Commissioner Service Today everyone has their top 10 list, including commissioners. This session is designed to help experienced commissioners review their priorities and – for some of us – to get back to the basics.
This session summarizes key factors in good commissioner service.
MCS 319 District Commissioner Basics The district commissioner recruits, trains, and directs an adequate team of commissioners to assure that all packs, troops, teams, and crews of the district have a quality program so that young people will remain in the Scouting program
MCS 321 Service to New Units The commissioner plays a vital role not only in the creation of new units, but in their continued growth and success. This session looks at the special needs of starting units and how to provide for adequate care.
MCS 322 Advanced Course in Scouts with Special Needs Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has Special Needs (disAbilities). This course will provide Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can provide a program which provides these youth with the Scouting opportunities to succeed.
MCS 323 Using the Commissioner Tools Report A primary function of Unit Commissioners is to visit units and record the visits in UVTS. This class will demonstrate how to mine UVTS data to assess the standard of performance for unit visitation for your district, individual units and Unit Commissioners including how to determine the District JTE Gold standard for unit visitations. The class is directed toward administrative commissioners (ADCs, DCs, and ACCs).
MCS 325 Consider Your Spouse and Family This course is intended to assist commissioners in ways to understand and strengthen their marriage and/or family relationships so that Scouting augments rather than detracts from the family and increases their personal happiness and tenure as a commissioner.
MCS 409 Teaching Kid Control in your Roundtable It doesn’t matter if you are a Cub Master, Scoutmaster, or Venturing Adviser the most important part of your job is to keep your youth members engaged and focused on task. There are ways to keep your youth, even those small Tigers under control. This is a class for all leaders that work with youth or teach others that do.

Doctoral Level Courses   [Bachelors Level]   [Masters Level]   [Continuing Education]

Course Number Course Title Course Description
DCS 501 Selecting a Thesis/Research Project Topic This session introduces the participants to the thesis or project, discusses what constitutes a good thesis / research topic or a DCS project, and helps them select their general topic.
DCS 502 Limiting the Scope of the Topic Participants receive help in reducing the thesis/project topic to a workable size and get ideas for their thesis or project research.
DCS 503 Developing the Thesis or Project This session covers the thesis/project outline and a variety of suggestions for writing and revising the report.
DCS 504 Thesis/Project Workshop Scouters who have completed their DCS will discuss their challenges and solutions. This course is for those who feel they need more help getting started on or completing their thesis/project
DCS 505 Being a Thesis/Project Advisor Prepares a person holding a DCS to become a thesis/project advisor. Provides specific procedures and techniques to make the task easier. Helps provide common standards for the acceptance of a DCS thesis/project.

Prerequisite: Have earned the Doctor of Commissioner Science at a College of Commissioner Science. Be recommended by their Council Commissioner for the position of Thesis/Project Advisor.

DCS 508 Administering Commissioner Lifesaving Administrative commissioners are taught to give leadership to a commissioner lifesaving concept. It provides choices in selecting the lifesaving team approach. This course is recommended for administrative commissioners, i.e. ADCs, DCs, ACCs, and CCs.

Prerequisite: MCS 303-304, Commissioner Lifesaving I and II

DCS 514 Commissioner and Professional Relations Learn more about the relationship between the commissioner and the professional. How can they work closely together to reach a common goal of providing quality service to units?
DCS 515 District Journey to Excellence Learn about the elements of District Journey to Excellence and what it takes to ensure success in every area.
DCS 520 Accessing District Health Learn about the resources necessary to assess a district’s ability to provide quality unit service. Learn how to use the resources available to the commissioner that can assist in identifying strengths and bring improvements to weaknesses found in the district

Continuing Education Courses   [Bachelors Level]   [Masters Level]   [Doctoral Level]

Course Number Course Title Course Description
CED 710 Scouting in the LDS Church This is an overview of the materials provided for discussion on Scouting in the LDS Church.
CED711 International Scouting This course is intended to give the commissioner staff an overview of the International Scouting programs available so they can take that information to their units.
CED712 Sea Scouting This is an overview of the materials provided for discussion on Sea Scouting for Commissioners.
CED 713 Special Needs Scouting – Advancement This course will provide Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can provide a Scouting program which provides special needs youth with the Scouting opportunities to succeed. Participants will become familiar with the “Rules of Engagement” for advancement in each of the Scouting program areas to help them to respond to the needs of these special youth.
CED 714 Special Needs Scouting – ADHD Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has Special Needs (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)). This course will provide Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can provide a Scouting program which provides these youth with the Scouting opportunities to succeed. Participants of this course will become familiar with the multiple characteristics common to individuals who have AD/HD and with easy tips to help them to get the most out of the Scouting program.
CED 715 Special Needs Scouting – Autism Spectrum Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has Special Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder). This course will provide Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can provide a Scouting program which provides these youth with the Scouting opportunities to succeed. Participants will become familiar with the multiple characteristics common to individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and with easy tips to help them to get the most out of the Scouting program
CED 716 Managing Conflict Learn to analyze the source and course of conflict, identify tools to help mediate, learn to apply tools to specific situations, and become a stronger role model
CED 718 Effective Communication Learn tools for effective communication as well as barriers to it. Also learn about how to be an effective communicator in the “digital age”, and the pitfalls.
CED 720 Valuing Diversity Introduction The purpose of this course is to increase knowledge and general understanding of diversity issues without making value judgments or calling into question peoples’ religious, culture, or political beliefs and affiliations
CED 721 Valuing Diversity – Generation X & Millennials The purpose of this course is to increase knowledge and general understanding of Generation X participants who are those Americans born from 1965 to 1976. It covers their education, income, home ownership, living arrangements, their children and how they view volunteerism.
CED 723 Reaching the Next Multicultural Generation Reaching the Next Multicultural Generation is most important to carry on the BSA movement. This class will give you a better understanding of the needs and desires of African American, Hispanic/Latino American, and Asian American populations in relation to their participation in youth organizations in general and the Boy Scouts of America in particular.
CED 724 Men and Women – Different Not Better This is a FUN course that highlights the spatial abilities, vision differences, communications differences and speech differences between men and women from evolution to today.
CED 801 Commissioner Awards and Recognitions You will learn about all of the awards and recognitions available to you as a Commissioner and there are quite a few, including a couple that are quite new.

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