District Commissioners and Chairs

District Commissioners

The district commissioner is approved and appointed by the council executive board, with the concurrence of the Scout executive, on the recommendation of the district nominating committee. This Scouter represents the district as a member of the council commissioner cabinet.

 The district commissioner leads the commissioner staff and does the following:

  • Identifies and recruits enough of the right people as commissioners so that all Scouting units in the district receive regular, helpful service.

  • Trains, coaches, and mentors members of the commissioner staff.

  • Supervises and motivates unit commissioners to visit each unit regularly, identify unit needs, and make plans to meet unit needs.

  • Makes sure that every unit commissioner is trained in the use of the unit visit tracking system and uses it consistently.

  • Administers the annual commissioner service plan, which gives specific purposes for commissioner contact with units at designated times of the year.

  • Oversees the unit charter renewal plan so that each unit reregisters on time and with optimum membership.

  • Guides roundtable commissioners to ensure that monthly roundtables are well-attended, and provide practical and exciting unit program ideas.

  • Plans and presides at monthly meetings of the district commissioner staff, and set a good personal example of Scout uniforming.

  • Helps meet district goals.

  • Supports local and national Scouting

  • Attends district committee meetings to report on the condition of units and to secure specialized help for units.

  • Promotes the commissioner recognition plan to all commissioners.

District Commissioner summary adapted from BSA publication District Key 3 (513-360, 2013 printing).

District Chairs

The district chair is nominated by the district nominating committee and elected at the district annual meeting. He or she is automatically nominated for membership on the council executive board subject to approval by the council executive board.

In leading the district, the district chair does the following:

  • Identifies and continually recruits enough of the right people as operating committee chair, and introduce them to their council counterpart.

  • Initiates plans and helps committee chairs recruit an adequate number of members to carry out the functions of the district.

  • Plans (with the district executive and district commissioner) and presides at district committee meetings.

  • Works with the district commissioner and district executive to stimulate and coordinate the work of the district, to ensure the success of the Scouting units.

  • In cooperation with the district executive, ensures the completion of district goals by monitoring operating committees.

  • Recognizes individuals, committees, and chartered organizations for their Scouting accomplishments.

  • Supports local and national Scouting policy, procedures, and practices.

  • Helps to secure support for Scouting from top community leaders throughout the district.

  • Annually appoints a new district nominating committee to meet year-round and select nominees for district officers and district members at large.

  • Trains, coaches, and mentors district committee members.

  • Aids in the development of the district executive.

District Chair summary adapted from BSA publication District Key 3 (513-360, 2013 printing).