Course Catelog

National Courses BCS 101-199, MCS 301-399, DCS 501-599, CED 701-799
These courses are the courses listed at the bottom of 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.

PLEASE NOTE:  2018 Courses are highlighted on Bold and Italics

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

Course Number Course Title National 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 using the Journey to Excellence score card.
BCS 104 Contacting Units Insights on effective unit contacts, what to look for, and how to be a help. How to track your contacts with the Commissioner Tools 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 107 Unit Journey to Excellence Learn about the elements of the Unit Journey to Excellence and what it takes to ensure success in every unit.
BCS 110 Commissioner Style A commissioner’s style—how they provide service—is as important as what they do in  the service process.
BCS 112 What Would You Do? This is a group participation/discussion session on some fascinating situations that commissioners might encounter. (Class size may have an effect on the preferred outcomes.)
BCS 113 Essentials of Serving Scouts with Disabilities Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has 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 114 Volunteer-Professional 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 Collaborative Assessments Explains Collaborative Assessments using the Unit Service Plan, Assigning Responsibilities and how to monitor progress.
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 disAbilities 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 Commissioner Science 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 124 Venturing Crew Visitation How best to serve the needs of Venturing Crews at the Unit, District and Council level and how to combine telephone calls, texts and emails with personal face-to-face meetings.
BCS 127 Venturing Personal Safety 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.
BCS 128 Venturing Monthly Program The major resources for this program are the Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner and Staff Basic Training manual, No. 33013, Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner Training, No. 34256A, and the Venturing Monthly Program Forum, No. 34342.
BCS 129 Emphasizing Duty to God The purpose of this course is to explain how and why Scouting encourages boys to be reverent through Program Delivery, Special Observances, Faith based Partnerships and BSA Religious support and Baden-Powell’s Thoughts on Scouting.
BCS 130 Commissioners and Advancement This course describes why and what a Commissioner should know about advancement. A Commissioner should be prepared to assist a unit with basic questions about Advancement and know the District and Council Advancement Chairs and how to contact them when necessary.
BCS 150 Roundtables and Commissioner Service The purpose of the Roundtable is to help units succeed by providing useful program ideas, information on policy, and current information on council and district events and training opportunities.
BCS 151 The Roundtable Commissioner Team During this presentation we will review the duties and responsibilities of the Roundtable Commissioner Team. We will do this by looking at the individual responsibilities of each member of the Roundtable Commissioner Team.
BCS 152 Using the Roundtable Program Guides We will review the Roundtable Planning Guides for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts to include Varsity Teams and the Venturing Monthly Program Forum. We will do this by looking at the Roundtable guides for each program and understand the parts and pieces of each.  We will also investigate the importance of using the planning  guides.
BCS 153 Promoting Roundtables A quality and consistent Roundtable and a strong marketing campaign will attract and retain participants over time and impact their overall ability to lead their Scouting units.  Sometimes this means that a district and/or council has to overcome internal concerns and some longstanding “you don’t need to go” types of sentiments that may have developed from a weak or ill marketed Roundtable.
BCS 154 Cub Scout Roundtables Cub Scout Roundtable is a form of commissioner service and supplemental training for volunteers at the unit level. The objectives of Roundtables are to provide leaders with program ideas, information on policy and events, and training opportunities. It is a forum for sharing experiences and enjoying fun and fellowship with other Scout leaders.  When skillfully executed, the Roundtable experience will inspire, motivate, and enable unit leaders to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.
BCS 155 Boy Scout Roundtables Boy Scout Roundtable is a form of commissioner service and supplemental training for volunteers at the unit level. The objectives of Roundtables are to provide leaders with program ideas, information on policy and events, and training opportunities. It is a forum for sharing experiences and enjoying fun and fellowship with other Scout leaders.  When skillfully executed, the Roundtable experience will inspire, motivate, and enable unit leaders to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.
BCS 156 Recruiting, Training & Recognizing the Round Table Team Potential roundtable staff members are everywhere— all you have to do is look. In recruiting your roundtable staff, be sure to look for people who are creative and innovative, and who have a ‘‘can do’’ attitude. We will discuss how you can build an effective roundtable staff.
Course Number Course Title Nor Cal Specific Course Descriptions
BCS 201 Unit Service Plan (JtE) Commissioner Tools provides easy-to-use, intuitive tools to manage virtually all aspects Commissioner Contacts reporting system. The Detailed Contact report combined with the Unit Service Plan are designed to help Unit leaders Identify goals they may wish to achieve to improve the Scouting experience for all their youth. Learn about how Commissioners can use these tools and how you can promote them for your units.
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 A forum for discussion for Commissioners on subjects of your choosing with a selection of your Council Commissioners.
BCS 214 Tracking Roundtable attendance with Commissioner Tools How to use Commissioner Tools to log and track your unit leaders attendance at your Roundtable events.
BCS 220 Commissioner Annual Service Plan Discussion for Commissioners on how to plan for and complete an annual service plan.
BCS 221 Special Needs – Camping Discuss the methods and goals for enabling effective camping experiences for Scouts with special needs.
BCS 231 Changes in Volunteers Coming Soon.
BCS 232 Finding New Volunteers Coming Soon.

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

Course Number Course Title National 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 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 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.
Course Number Course Title Nor Cal Specific Course Descriptions
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.
MCS 410 Developing Commissioners and Awards Discuss how to develop your Commissioner’s skills and encourage their advancement through the various Commissioner Awards.
MCS 411 Mining Commissioner Tools Data Discuss all the available Commissioner Tools reports and how to extract useful information from the spreadsheets to understand and improve the Commissioner Service to your units.
MCS 433 Aligning Volunteers Coming Soon.
MCS 434 Engaging Volunteers Coming Soon.
MCS 435 Retaining Volunteers Coming Soon.

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

Course Number Course Title National 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 National Course Description
CED 709 LDS Church Organization This is an overview of Scouting in the LDS Church. The objective is to provide basic principles about the Church and discuss implementation of Scouting programs for effective relationships and networking with all Scouters.
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 719 The Art of Listening Coming Soon.
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.
Course Number Course Title Nor Cal Specific Course Descriptions
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.
CED 802 LDS Commissioner Orientation Commissioner Orientation for our LDS Commissioners to understand how the LDS Church uses Scouting in their Youth programs.
CED 803 LDS / BSA Organization You will learn how to implement and use the LDS/BSA procedures.
CED 805 Commissioner Tools Basic How to use Commissioner Tools to enter your Contact information for your Units.
CED 806 Commissioner Tools Advanced How to use Commissioner tools and Commissioner Administration to manage your District’s Commissioners contacts and Unit assignments.
CED 821 Family Scouting Discussion and Q&A Discuss the upcoming changes with the introduction of Family Scouting and enjoy a Question and Answer session with our National Commissioner.

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