2022 College of Commissioner Science

Join us for our 35th consecutive annual college on

Saturday November 12, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

in the Great Trail Council at

Faith Lutheran Church
2726 West Market Street
Fairlawn, OH 44333

Pricing:

Registration is open.

$40.00 (ends October 7)

$45.00 Regular Price (begins October 8 and ends Nov 10)

$50.00 - Walk-ins - Day of Price

Join us the night before the college for a social for all commissioners.

Hosted by Council Commissioner Dave Harman,

with Sherri Buck, Council Commissioner elect, and Bob Hemmerly, NST 9 Commissioner elect.

Commissioner's "Free" Social Event
Friday Night, November 11, 2022
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Formal program begins about 7:00 pm

Macaroni Grill
41 Springside Drive
Akron, OH 44333

You buy off the menu, no other charge or fee. Plus one welcome!
Business casual dress (no uniforms)

Keynote Address:

Commissioners - The Heart of Scouting

Bob Hemmerly

Council Commissioner Tecumseh Council (Springfield OH)
NST 9 Commissioner Elect

click to see Bob's biography

Bob Hemmerly has served the nation in the US Air Force, in different capacities over the last 45 years. The Master Sergeant (ret.) is currently at Wright Patterson AFB and is the current Council Commissioner for Tecumseh Council, headquartered in Springfield OH. He holds a Doctorate of Commissioner Science and the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award. He describes the three years he was Scoutmaster in Breese, IL, as the "most rewarding scouting job I have ever had." A Wood Badger of C-32-97, he also has been awarded both the Silver Beaver and the Vigil Honor.

He started Council Service in 2005 and held the positions od District Commissioner for 7 years, and Assistant Council Commissioner for 3 years and became Council Commissioner in 2017, saying this is the "second most rewarding job in my scouting career." He has also been the NCAP Accreditation Chair in the Central Region and now serves as the National Assistant Authorization Chair on the NCAP Sub Committee of the National Council.

He started out as we many of us did as a scouting parent, then Assistant, then Den Leader, Troop Committee Member , Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster, many in various locations and councils. He has been married to Jennifer for over 43 years, has two scouting sons, one an Eagle, one Life and two grandkids who are currently a Lion Scout and a Tenderfoot.

We are pleased and honored to have Bob Hemmerly at our College of Commissioner Science this year.

Who may attend the college?

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

All Councils Welcomed

Everyone from all councils are welcome to this college put on by Great Trail College in Fairlawn Ohio. Directions and nearby hotels are listed below.

2022 Great Trail Council College of Commissioner Science

The college on November 12, 2022, will be a live-in-person event hosted by the Great Trail Council. This page has your links to online registration, prices, directions, hotel accommodations, college and dean contacts, program reciprocity, course listings with abstracts and learning objectives. Courses offered in the years before this college are listed at the bottom.

Page updated: September 27, 2022

Saturday, November 12, 2022

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Doors open with continental breakfast at 7:15 am.

The GTC Commissioner College in 2022 will be organized with an all-new national curriculum revised in 2021 for our Bachelors and Masters program and in February 2022 for our Doctoral and Continuing Education program. Our curriculum is organized in each college by our deans. If you have a question please contact the appropriate Dean below.

What is 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 and resources are being updated on a routine basis throughout 2021. Therefore, to stay up to date, commissioners should view continual 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.

What opportunities does the the College offer?

  • 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 on Saturday, November 12, 2022.


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.

Degree Requirements and Reciprocity Guide.pdf

Location:

Faith Lutheran Church
2726 West Market Street
Fairlawn, OH 44333

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2022 Course Schedule

updated September 30, 2022

Faculty members are subject to change. Click here to break this out into its own page.

To see the full descriptions of the courses and the degree requirements click into the appropriate program below.

2022 course schedule September 30 2022.pdf

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 2021.

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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 courses below and faculty are subject to change.

BCS 107 Journey to Excellence

Faculty: Terry Polzin

Course description: National Course

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 201 The Commissioner and Cub Scouting

Faculty: Greg Upole, Canal District Chairman

Course Description: Local course

The purpose of The Commissioner and Cub Scouting is to focus on retention. It is designed for new and seasoned Commissioners to learn more about and understand Pack level challenges and have an in-depth knowledge of the program's ins and outs. Section content will include Recruiting, Membership, Program, and relating/teaching information to the Pack Leaders.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Identify the methods, challenges, and goals of recruiting and membership

  • Identify/describe facets of the Pack program

  • Teach/coach Pack leaders regarding these subjects

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

Faculty: Bill Hedrick, Canal District Commissioner

Course Description: National Course

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: Mike Panasiti, Retired Professional Scouter

Course Description: National Course

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: Bryan Roubanes

Course Description: National Course

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 106 Coaching Leaders

Faculty: Fritz Coombs

Course Description: National Course

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 116 Collaborative Assessments

Faculty: Bob Hemmerly, NST 9 Commissioner elect

Course Description: National Course

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 2021.


Click to reveal 2022 course details

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


MCS 302 – The Charter Renewal process

Faculty: Dave Harman, Great Trail Council Commissioner

Course Description:

Course Objectives:

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


MCS 305 Resolving Critical Unit Issues

Faculty: Patty Payne

Course Description: National Course

The purpose of this course is to hone the commissioner’s skills in assessing units, determining their strengths and weaknesses, and in developing plans to improve the functioning of the unit. When collaborating with the unit Key 3, the commissioner may be able to help identify critical issues and keep the unit from becoming an “At-Risk” unit

Course Objectives:

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

Identify when a unit has a critical issue

Work thru process to develop action

Provide practical experience in solving issues

MCS 312 Recruiting A Commissioner Team

Faculty: Carol Doe

Course Description: National Course


Course Objectives:

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

  • Understand the recruiting vision

  • Review the various commissioner roles

  • Review the 5 Ps of recruiting

  • Explain the Skill, Thrill, Ill and Kill of recruiting

  • Know the when, where and why of recruiting

  • Review some recruiting tips


MCS 316 The Unit Service Plan

Faculty: TBD

Course Description: National Course

The Collaborative Assessment of a unit gives an in-depth picture of the unit, its strengths, and its needs. To work toward making systematic changes in the unit’s service to youth, the Key 3 with the commissioner develops a Unit Service Plan using information from the Collaborative Assessment and other sources.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Discuss the purpose of the Unit Service Plan

  • Understand the process of plan development

  • Implement the Unit Service Plan

MCS 350 – Unit & Roundtable Commissioners Working Together

Faculty: Chip Reed

Course Description: National Course

While unit commissioners and roundtable commissioners wear distinct position patches, denoting their field of expertise, both patches feature the wreath of service and for good reason! Unit commissioners and roundtable commissioners work together to ensure unit leaders have the support they need to succeed. Remember: “Roundtable is unit service.” This course will show how all commissioners in a district help units identify and address their needs.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Understand how commissioners work collaboratively using the 5 objectives of unit service

  • Summarize the role unit commissioners play at roundtables.

  • Recognize the unique role roundtables have in identifying unit needs.


MCS 358 Addressing Unit Challenges Through Roundtable

Faculty: John Hogan and Ray Bartlett

Course Description: National Course

Roundtable is the one place, virtual or in person, where every unit leader and volunteer should be each month. It is an event where many district and council resources will be accessible, and as a commissioner, you know your district’s operating committees and are well-positioned to provide much needed linkages.

The “big picture” is that effective roundtables help units become more successful and efficient.

Course Objectives:

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

Recognize when units may need additional resources.

Discuss resources that are available to support unit service.

Understand how to help units resolve their challenges and roadblocks.


MCS 460 - Scouts with Special Needs - The Commissioner's Role

Faculty: Chris Scott

Course Description: Local Course


Course Objectives:

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


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 2021.


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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

Courses Offered

DCS-501 Selecting Your Project or Thesis Topic

Faculty: David Rice

Course Description:

This session assists doctoral candidates in selecting their project or thesis concept.

Course objectives:

  1. Identify what constitutes a good topic or focus area.

  2. Distinguish between a project and thesis.

  3. Describe DCS Degree and Knot requirements

DCS-502 Limiting the Scope of the Topic

Faculty: David Rice

Course Description:

Doctoral candidates explore various procedures to reduce their topic to a workable size. A suggested approval process will also be shared.

Course objectives:

  1. Select a specific project / thesis topic.

  2. Complete S.M.A.R.T. analysis for a selected topic

DCS-503 Developing Your Project or Thesis

Faculty: David Rice

Course Description:

This session covers the project or thesis outline and a variety of suggestions for writing and revising the report.

Course objectives:

  1. Identify the main parts of a project report / thesis.

  2. Develop a first draft outline.

  3. Identify methods of gathering information.

  4. Give examples of common writing errors to be avoided when writing the project report or thesis

DCS-504 Project Thesis Open Workshop Forum

Faculty: David Rice

Course Description:

This Q and A open forum provides doctoral candidates an opportunity to review completed projects and theses instilling confidence that this task is attainable.

Course objectives:

  1. Describe challenges / solutions faced by Doctors of Commissioner Science.

  2. Evaluate other possible topics for project or thesis.

  3. Discover possible solutions to concerns during Q and A period

Presentations of Doctoral Thesis

Those candidates ready will present their thesis in this session.


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. Courses are updated in 2021.


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Courses Offered

DCS 514 Building Meaningful Relationships

Faculty: Patrick Scherer, Great Trail Scout Executive

Course Description: Commissioner service is all about relationships. In this course we will discuss how commissioners may go about building and maintaining positive relationships with those they serve. We’ll also explore possible pitfalls that can undermine relationships.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Discuss the top ten characteristics people seek in positive relationships.

  • Explain one way to measure relationships

  • Explore possible mistakes that can harm relationships

  • Explain how to rebuild a damaged relationship


CED 8xx – The Commissioners Role in Retention

Faculty: Steve Myers

Course Description:

Course Objectives:

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


MCS 306 Mentoring Skills

Faculty: Steve Myers

Course Description:

Mentoring is a long term relationship in which one individual supports and guides the personal or professional growth and development of another. Mentoring is an essential skill of a commissioner and this course will provide tools for commissioners to use when mentoring others. This course will also explore the similarities and subtle differences between mentoring and coaching.

Course Objectives:

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

Recognize the role of a mentor

Understand mentoring methods

Discuss building the mentoring relationship

DCS 512 – Recruiting for Diversity (NEW!!)

Faculty: Chris Scott

Course Description: How do we ensure that every unit is supported to offer a quality Scouting program? Simple. We recruit and empower enough commissioners for the task. Throughout this course we will come to a better understanding of the need for diversity in scouting volunteers as well as ways to work toward recruiting a more diverse commissioner corps.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Describe the need for diversity

  • Understand the definition of diversity

  • Identify the practices to be added to recruiting practices

DCS 516 – The Unit Service Plan and the District

Faculty: Sharri Buck, Great Trail Commissioner Elect

Course Description:

In this session we will examine the district commissioner’s role in completing unit service plans and how the district committee plays a key role in service plan completion.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Discuss the importance of developing a Unit Service Plan

  • Identify the district commissioner’s role in the successful completion of Unit Service Plans

  • Understand the role of the district committee in successfully completing a unit service plan

DCS 509 – Legacy of Servant Leadership (NEW!! )

Faculty: Dave Harman, Great Trail Council Commissioner

Course Description: In one of your first CCS experiences, you more than likely participated in a class called The Essential Element (A Servant’s Heart). That Bachelor’s level class introduced the concept of servant leadership and established the expectation that commissioners served units and other volunteers. Simply put, servant leadership is people centered, unselfish and an investment in the lives of others. It is a sincere desire to help rather than control. It reflects an inward sense of morality – right vs. wrong rather than what’s in it for me. That is the difference between leadership that works and leadership that endures.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Explore characteristics of servant leaders,

  • Understand servant leadership in Scouting, and

  • Recognize the legacy of servant leadership


Courses offered in 2017 to 2021

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

2021 course schedule_10062021.pdf

2021

2020 course schedule.pdf

2020

2019 final course schedule.pdf

2019

2018 course schedule.pdf

2018


2017 College Courses.pdf

2017


Here is a copy of the 2021 program

Our college in 2022 will be similar in structure and will offer similar courses as chosen from the National Curriculum.

Make plans now to attend on Saturday November 12, 2022.


2021 College Program for the web.pdf
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