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Ranchero West District Commissioners Mtg

Ranchero West District Commissioners Mtg
2430 Mariposa Ave
Chico, CA 95926, US
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Roles the Commissioner Plays

A commissioner plays several roles, including being a friend,

a representative, a unit “doctor” or paramedic, a teacher, and

a coach.

The commissioner is a friend of the unit. Of all your roles,

this one is the most important. It springs from the attitude, “I

care, I am here to help you, what can I do for you?” Caring is

the ingredient that makes commissioner service successful. Be an

advocate of unit needs. A commissioner who makes himself or

herself known and accepted with the unit leadership will be called

on to help in times of trouble.

The commissioner is a representative. The average unit

leader is totally occupied in working with kids. Some kids have

little if any contact with the Boy Scouts of America other than

your visits to their meeting. To them, you may be the Boy Scouts

of America. Be a good example. Show that you believe in the

ideals, the principles, and the policies of the Scouting movement.

Represent it well!

The commissioner is a unit “doctor” or a paramedic. In your

role as “doctor,” you know that prevention is better than a cure,

so you try to see that your units make good “health practices” a

way of life. Sometimes being a paramedic and performing triage

on a unit to keep its program going or providing support to their

leadership is critical. When problems arise, and they will even

in the best unit, act quickly. Observe symptoms, diagnose the

real ailment, prescribe a remedy, and follow up with the patient.

The commissioner is a teacher. As a commissioner,

you will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in

the growth of unit leaders by sharing your knowledge with

them. You teach not just in an academic environment, but

where it counts most—as an immediate response to a need

to know. That is the best adult learning situation since the

lesson is instantly reinforced by practical application of the

new knowledge.

The commissioner is a coach. As a Scouting coach, you

will help guide units in solving their own problems. Coaching

is the best role for you when unit leaders don’t recognize a

problem and where solutions are not clear-cut. Everyone needs

coaching or assistance from time to time, even experienced

leaders. You provide them with different “plays” that might

be the right one for them to move ahead or succeed at solving

a problem.

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251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 929-1417

Hours of Operation:
8:30am - 5:00pm (M-F)
Closed Saturday & Sunday

River City Scout Shop

251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 649-1800

Hours of Operation:
9:00am - 5:00pm (M - F)
Closed for lunch 1:00 - 1:30
Closed Saturday and Sunday

NorCal Scout Shop - Chico

3881 Benatar Way, Suite D
Chico, CA 95928

phone: (530) 809-0400

Hours of Operation:
11:00am - 6:00pm (W-F)
10:00am - 2:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

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