2021 College

2021 Great Trail Council College of Commissioner Science

On November 13, 2021, will be a live, in-person event hosted by the Great Trail Council in Stow, OH. Visit this page for online registration, prices, directions, hotel accommodations, college and dean contacts, program reciprocity, and course listings with abstracts.

Page updated: July 8, 2021

Saturday, November 13, 2021

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Doors open with continental breakfast at 7:15 am.

The GTC Commissioner College in 2021 will be organized with an all-new national curriculum revised in 2020-2021. Currently, the National Service Team has revised all Bachelors courses and all-new Masters courses will be released soon. Our curriculum will be organized in each college by our deans. If you have a question please contact the appropriate Dean below.

The College of Commissioner Science

is a continuing education experience in a college environment designed to help commissioners keep up to date with the newest training materials and problem-solving techniques to better help units deliver a quality Scouting program. All Commissioners should attend this nationally recognized program. There is a four-year cycle to this program; Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate Degrees can be earned. All can benefit from courses offered by the continuing education college.

Prerequisite: Basic Commissioner Training. You may access this training online at my.scouting.org.
Commissioners from all councils are welcome to attend.

Why do Commissioners Need the College?

The mission of the commissioner is to help the unit succeed and the way to accomplish this mission is through education and practical learning experiences. Just as every Scout deserves a trained leader, every unit deserves a trained commissioner!

A trained commissioner is an effective commissioner. Nationally-created training materials are being updated on a routine basis throughout 2021. Therefore, to stay up to date, commissioners should view learning as an important part of their entire scouting lives.

Even though updated training materials are available on the BSA Commissioner Training web page, holding a college gives commissioners the opportunity for interaction with other commissioners, and a better understanding of the material during a group discussion.

The college provides an in-depth knowledge of the essential aspects of the commissioner’s duties and responsibilities. The final result is a stronger and more knowledgeable commissioner corps serving units.

The College offers you the opportunity to:

  • Learn the information essentials to provide the best service to scouting units

  • Enjoy fellowship amongst the commissioner corps

  • Reinforce and expand on the lessons learned during previous training

  • Receive updates on commissioner service and scouting

See you in Stow on Saturday, November 13, 2021.


Registration:

Click on the patch or the button to visit the registration page.

Pricing:

$35.00
Early registration discounted price:

if paid on or before August 31.

$40.00
Regular registration:

if paid on or between September 1 and October 31.

$45.00
Late Registration:

if paid on or after November 1.
Registration ends Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM




KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Bruce Boyle

Territory Commissioner

National Service Territory 9

will join our faculty, give a keynote, and offer courses. If you haven’t heard Bruce speak, you will enjoy his insight and wisdom.


Click here to read more about our guest of honor.

Bruce Boyle earned his Eagle Scout rank and bronze palm in 1967 in Newport News, VA. He was presented the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award in 2016. He currently serves as the National Service Territory 9 Commissioner.

He is married to his wife Karen for 40 years and they have two sons Patrick and Michael both who have earned their Eagle Scout rank in 2000 and 2002 respectively.

Bruce has served scouting at the unit, district, council and area levels including Scoutmaster, District Chair, Council Vice President, Council Executive Board, Council Commissioner, Council President, Area Vice President Finance, Area Vice President Marketing and Area Commissioner. He has been awarded the Scoutmaster Award of Merit, the District Award of Merit, the OA Vigil Honor, the Silver Beaver and the Silver Antelope. He is a James E. West, 1910 Society, Founders Circle and Second Century Society member.

He has earned the high adventure triple-crown award attending Philmont, Northern Tier and Sea Base as an adult advisor. He has served on the National Jamboree subcamp staffs for the 2010, 2013 and 2017 National Scout Jamborees and also served on the 2019 World Jamboree International Service Team.

He earned his Wood Badge beads in course C-24-99, Hawkeye Area Council and has served on staff for six courses including Course Director for Muskingum Valley Council C4-467-12.

Bruce’s scouting career has taken him across many locations both as a youth and an adult leader including the National Capital Area Council, Chattahoochee Council, Colonial Virginia Council, Hawkeye Area Council, Buckeye Council, Crossroads of America Council, Muskingum Valley Council and Simon Kenton Council.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Reserve.

His 40 year business career has been in financial management primarily with manufacturing companies. Prior to his retirement he was the Chief Financial Officer for a private equity group in Indianapolis, Indiana. Previous CFO positions were at Raytheon Appliances, Inc., Wayne-Dalton Corp., Smart Papers, LLC and Flight Options, LLC.

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Where is the College being Held?

Great Trail Council Service Center
4500 Hudson Drive
Stow, OH 44224

Find directions, send them to your phone by clicking on the map.


Looking for a place to stay near the council service center?

Hilton.com direct link4331 Lakepointe Corporate DriveStow, OH 442240.8 miles330.945.4160estimate: $85

Marriott.com direct link4047 Bridgewater ParkwayStow, OH 442241.5 miles330.945.9722estimate $125

by Hilton Stow AkronHilton.com direct link4097 Bridgewater ParkwayStow, OH 442241.4 miles330.835.6400estimate $110

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Degree Requirements and Reciprocity Guide.pdf

Reciprocity Statement

You may register for one of the following four college tracks: Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate I and II, and Continuing Education. The document below shows the prerequisites and requirements for each degree. and includes information on earning the Doctor of Commissioner Science Knot award. This is a national standard to which we adhere.


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Statement of Course Work Reciprocity:

The College of Commissioner Science accepts a Commissioner's course work from any Boy Scouts of America College of Commissioner Science provided that an official transcript is made available.

The College of Commissioner Science will credit courses from another Council to be applied towards a College of Commissioner Science Degree if prior approval has been obtained from the current Dean of the College of Commissioner Science.

Classes taken at a University of Scouting that are not listed in the B.S.A. National Curriculum (http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/commissioners/training.aspx) will not be accepted for credit.

The college will also honor Commissioner courses taken at the Philmont Training Center. (Please submit a transcript to the College of Commissioner Science Registrar.)

Degree Recognition:

The College of Commissioner Science will continue to recognize degrees earned from other Boy Scouts of America College of Commissioner Science and Philmont Training Center College of Commissioner Science degrees provided that an official transcript is made available.

Award Recognition:

The College of Commissioner Science will honor all Commissioner Arrowhead, Commissioner Key, Distinguished Commissioner, and the Commissioner Award of Excellence in Unit Service, and the Doctor of Commissioner Science Awards.

Who may attend the college?

Prerequisite: Basic Commissioner Training. You may access this training online at my.scouting.org.

Anyone from any council is welcome to this college put on by Great Trail in Stow Ohio.

The COCS Bachelor Program

Dean Mark Messerly, Great Trail Council (MarkMesserly@hotmail.com)

The Bachelor Program consists of courses numbered between 100 and 299, that will augment your commissioner basic training. Basic training should be completed before beginning the bachelor program. The courses cover some of the same topics but they are all covered more in depth and with more student interaction. All courses are newly revised in 2018.

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Prerequisites:

  1. Current registration as a Commissioner

  2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training Certificate

  3. Completion of “Commissioner Basic Training.” You may access this training online at my.scouting.org.

Course Requirements: Completion of seven courses of instruction, at least five of the courses at the Bachelor's program level.

Courses Offered:

The 2021 Courses will be added when available. You can see the courses offered last year on our 2020 Great Trail Council Commissioner College webpage.

The courses below and faculty are subject to change.

BCS 107 Journey to Excellence

Faculty: TBD

Course description:

JTE is the BSA’s tool for helping leaders plan their program, monitor progress, and assess their Scouting success. Scouting success takes many forms, and JTE success employs a “balanced scorecard” as a result. The standards enable both large Scout units and small ones to succeed — as long as they provide good Scouting to youth. In addition, The JTE scorecard provides commissioners with information that enables them to give the greatest possible help and support to the unit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this session, each participant should be able to

  • Explain the value of the unit’s use of Journey to Excellence.

  • Relate the use of JTE to help the unit recognize the benefit of building their program around the Journey to Excellence criteria.

  • Identify resources to help improve Journey to Excellence performance in the unit.

BCS 106 Coaching Leaders

Faculty: TBD

Course Description:

In this course, a commissioner will become familiar with the new Coaching model and how to use it to better serve their units.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this session, each participant should be able to

  • Recognize the importance of coaching

  • Employ coaching methods to address different situations

  • Evaluate options for resolution

BCS 109 The Essential Element (A Servant’s Heart)

Faculty: TBD

Course Description:

In 1970, Robert Greenleaf introduced the term “servant leadership.” He wrote an essay titled “The Servant as Leader” that was later expanded into a book. That book is a very influential management text that launched the servant leadership movement. However, the concept is thousands of years old and stems, at least partly, from religious teachings on leadership.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this session, each participant should be able to

  • Define the characteristics of servant leadership

  • Understand a servant’s heart

  • Apply this concept in unit service


BCS 117 The Commissioner and the Unit Key 3

Faculty: TBA

Course Description:

This course examines the roles of the Unit Key 3 and how a commissioner works with and coaches each.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this session, each participant should be able to

  • IDENTIFY the roles of the unit Key 3.

  • UNDERSTAND the need to CREATE a working bond between the unit Key 3 and the unit commissioner.

BCS 114 Understanding and Communicating with Today’s Leaders

Faculty: TBD

Course Description:

We, as commissioners, need to understand the differences in relating to the generations involved in scouting and inclusiveness. As commissioners, we can embrace the differences and similarities to make the scouting program stronger. A lack of understanding across generations can have detrimental effects on communication and relationships. In this session, we are going to focus on how these new generations are affecting the BSA and how the BSA can target Gen Xers and Millennials.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this session, each participant should be able to

  • Identify the characteristics of generations within Scouting’s leaders.

  • Understand the differences in relating to generations involved in scouting

  • Embrace the differences and similarities to make the scouting program stronger.

BCS 116 Collaborative Assessments

Faculty: TBD

Course Description:

This course examines and discusses the need for collaboration in assessing the unit’s strengths and needs to build a Unit Service Plan with the unit leaders and record progress in Commissioner Tools in working toward their goals.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this session, each participant should be able to

  • Understand the importance of the Collaborative Assessment

  • Develop and utilize a Unit Service Plan

  • Assess and record results of the Unit Service Plan in Commissioner Tools


The COCS Master Program

Dean Stephanie Ricketts, Lake Erie Council (skricketts1@gmail.com)

Dean Bill Lovell, Great Trail Council (crabbybill@hotmail.com)

The Master Program offers more advanced courses, numbered from 300 to 499. These courses will be most beneficial to an experienced or an administrative commissioner. Again many of the topics are familiar but are explained in more detail with more student interaction. All courses are newly revised in 2018.


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Prerequisites:

  1. Current registration as a Commissioner

  2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training Certificate

  3. Earned Arrowhead Honor.

  4. Completion of Bachelor's Degree or have been awarded the Commissioner's Key

Course Requirements: Completion of seven (7) additional courses of instruction (total of 14), at least seven of the courses at the Master's level.

Courses Offered

The 2021 Courses will be added when available. You can see the courses offered last year on our 2020 Great Trail Council Commissioner College webpage.


The Doctorate Program

Dean David Rice, Great Trail Council (david.m.rice73@icloud.com)

The Doctorate Program consists of the courses, numbered from 500 to 699, that are required to write an approved thesis or complete an approved project. In addition, there are some advanced courses available for the very experienced commissioner. All courses are newly revised in 2018.


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Prerequisites:

  1. Current registration as a Commissioner

  2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training Certificate

  3. Completion of Master’s Degree

  4. Have been awarded the Commissioner’s Key

Course Requirements: Completion of 10 additional courses of instruction (total of 24) at least five of the courses at the Doctorate or Continuing Education program level. Courses may not have previously been counted toward other college degrees.

Thesis or Project: It is recommended that the topic of a project or thesis be directly related to unit service. There may be specific circumstances under which a topic related to another area of Scouting would be appropriate. Local councils have the authority to approve topics related to another area of Scouting when selecting one directly related to unit service isn't appropriate or practical. The council commissioner or designee may authorize an alternate topic. This can be on any topic related to Commissioner Service.

  1. The topic must be pre-approved by the college of commissioner science committee.

  2. Complete the thesis/project using the approved format as determined by the college.

  3. The topic and final paper must be approved by the doctoral review committee.

  4. All segments (proposal, proposal acceptance, thesis/project completion, thesis acceptance ) of the degree must be approved by the college of commissioner science

Commissioner Performance: Serve for at least one year on the college of commissioner science staff (instructor or support staff), or work with training support for commissioners for at least one year.

Courses Offered

The 2021 Courses will be added when available. You can see the courses offered last year on our 2020 Great Trail Council Commissioner College webpage.

The COCS Continuing Education Program

Dean Steven Myers, Great Trail Council (myers@uakron.edu)

The Continuing Education curriculum was created to encourage those with a doctorate to continue to learn new topics, and for those who hold a master degree but do not aspire to complete their doctorate. Students in the Doctoral 2 Track typically attend the Continuing Education Courses. Courses are numbered from 700 to 899. Courses from the Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate levels may be utilized.


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Courses Offered

The 2021 Courses will be added when available. You can see the courses offered last year on our 2020 Great Trail Council Commissioner College webpage.

Courses offered in 2017 to 2020?

Did you attend in the past and want to be reminded what courses were offered? Check out these links.

2017 College Courses.pdf
2018 course schedule.pdf
2019 final course schedule.pdf
2020 course schedule.pdf
These pages are maintained for the Council Commissioner's Service Team by ACC and Webmaster Steve Myers. Please report errors and corrections to him at commissioners@gtcbsa.org.