District Commissioners

District Commissioners

District Commissioner: Jim Gilpatrick

Roundtable Commissioners

Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Mark Grams Send Email
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner Sam Harris Send Email
Venturing Roundtable Commissioner Jim Gilpatrick Send Email




The Commissioner Staff is a collection of experienced volunteer Scouters who work with unit leaders, committees, and chartered organization representatives to help them run a quality Scouting program for their youth.  The District Commissioner assigns Unit Commissioners to individual units.  The purpose is to provide guidance and resources to unit leaders and committees for organizing quality programs, and to address specific needs or issues as they arise.

  • Involves unit adults in training and roundtables.
  • Coaches the Chartered Organization Representatives.
  • Guides Roundtable Commissioners to ensure that monthly roundtables are well attended, and provide practical and exciting unit program ideas.
  • Works with the District Chairman and District Executive to help meet District goals.
  • Promotes the use of the Quality Unit program for Packs and Troops as a standard of good unit operation; and set objectives to increase the number of Quality Units.

A Commissioner plays several roles, including “friend”, “representative”, unit "doctor," “teacher”, and “counselor”. The Commissioner is Scouting’s Front-line Diplomat.  As a unit Commissioner, you are one of the most important influences to ensure quality Scouting in the Scout units you serve.  With your help, the units you serve will be prepared to provide an even better program to the boys and young adults they serve.  Because of you, boys and young adults will stay in the Scouting program longer.

What is a unit Commissioner?  A unit Commissioner is the quality control officer who coaches unit (Packs, Troops and Venture Crews) adults towards success.

What is a Commissioner staff?  It is a team of unit specialist and roundtable specialist charged with ensuring a quality program for all the youth in its assigned units.  Commissioners help keep units alive and healthy.  Unit Commissioners conduct most of the direct contact with units.  Assistant District Commissioners help the District Commissioner administer the entire Commissioner staff.

The Commissioner is a friend of the unit. Of all their roles, this one is the most important. It springs from the attitude, "I care, I am here to help, what can I do for you?" Caring is the ingredient that makes Commissioner service successful. He or she is an advocate of unit needs. A Commissioner who makes himself known and accepted now will be called on in future times of trouble.

The Commissioner is a representative. The average unit leader is totally occupied in working with kids. Some have little if any contact with the Boy Scouts of America other than a Commissioner's visit to their meeting. To them, the Commissioner may be the BSA. The Commissioner helps represent the ideals, the principles, and the policies of the Scouting movement.

The Commissioner is a unit "doctor." In their role as "doctor," they know that prevention is better than a cure, so Commissioners try to see that their units make good "health practices" a way of life. When problems arise, and they will even in the best unit, they act quickly. They observe symptoms, diagnose the real ailment, prescribe a remedy, and follow up on the patient.

The Commissioner is a teacher. As a Commissioner, they will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the growth of unit leaders by sharing knowledge with them. Commissioners 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 counselor. As a Scouting counselor, Commissioners will help units solve their own problems. Counseling is the best role when unit leaders don't recognize a problem and where solutions are not clear-cut. Everyone needs counseling from time to time, even experienced leaders.

The most important thing a Commissioner does for a unit leader is to prove that somebody cares about him or her. This person is the connecting link between the Boy Scouts of America and the unit leader. When the unit leader is discouraged, it is this person who encourages. When the unit committee is not helping enough, it is the Commissioner who meets with it on behalf of the unit leader. Even when there are no problems, it is the Commissioner who works closely enough with the unit leader to prevent future ones, and to prove the district cares.

The mission of the district Commissioner staff meeting is to set the stage for specific ways that unit Commissioner and assistant district Commissioners will help units. The thing that sets this meeting apart is that it is 100 percent focused on the needs of individual units, rather than on district or council needs and projects. Everyone in this meeting has tremendous responsibility for the success of units in the district, and they take that responsibility seriously.  The key feature of the meeting is significant time for assistant district Commissioners and their respective teams of unit Commissioners to review the health of each unit and plan who will help meet specific unit needs during the coming month.

Volunteers like you can influence hundreds of youth every year through your service as a Commissioner.  If you would like more information or to volunteer an hour per week and help your neighboring units succeed, please contact the District Commissioner.