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Commissioner Science Program

The University of Scouting's College of Commissioner Science is pleased to offer for 2021 the National Curriculum courses for Bachelor's and Master's degrees as well as those courses being offered via the Continuing Education and Doctoral Programs!

 
College of Commissioner Science Degree Requirements 
Degree Prerequisites and Criteria
 
The Prerequisites, Course Requirements and Performance criteria are listed for each of the three degrees. Since a Thesis or Project is required for the Doctorate Degree, the thesis or project criteria are provided after the Doctorate Degree requirement page. 
 
NOTE: A person may participate in the college training without having the prerequisites, but no degree will be awarded until all of the requirements are met. It is up to the student to notify the Dean of the College with the necessary proof of completion to be credited with the appropriate degree. 
 
Bachelor of Commissioner Science (BCS) 
 
A. Prerequisites 
1. Current registration as a Commissioner 
2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate 
3. Complete Commissioner Orientation if new to Commissioner Service 
(Click here for the National BSA website on Commissioner Training.) 
4. Complete Commissioner Basic Training as specified on the page for Commissioner Training
 
B. Course Requirements 
1. Completion of 5 courses at the Bachelor level of Commissioner Science and 2 others from any other level of Commissioner Science courses. 
2. In total 7 courses of Commissioner Science. 
 
C. Commissioner Performance 
1. Approval of Council Commissioner, or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner 
2. Approval of Council Scout Executive or Council Staff Adviser for Commissioner Service 
 
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Bachelor of Commissioner Science Courses
 
BCS 103
Linking District Resources
Although commissioners are viewed as very knowledgeable and capable individuals, a key part of a commissioner's job is to link the unit to the district committee.
 

BCS 104

Contacting Units

This course examines the role of contacts between commissioners and their units.  At the heart of unit service are the contacts commissioners make with their units.

 
BCS 108
Mining Internet Resources
Commissioners are asked many questions and assumed to be experts on everything.  Although they may wish to be an expert, knowing where to find information can make them a virtual expert.  Today we will concentrate not on the local “who do you call” but on using the internet, in effect, mining internet resources.
 
BCS 109
The Essential Element (A Servant’s Heart)
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.
 
BCS 112
Recruiting Unit Commissioners
Recruiting is an ongoing need.  Every commissioner has a part in the process.  This course describes a process for the identification and recruitment of commissioners.
 
BCS 114
Understanding and Connecting with Today’s Leaders
We, as commissioners, need to understand the differences in relating to the generations involved in scouting and inclusiveness. This course encourages understanding between the different generations to help commissioners better communicate with their units.
 
BCS 117
The Commissioner and the Unit Key 3
This course examines the roles of the Unit Key 3 and how a commissioners’ works and coaches each.
 
BCS 150
Roundtables in Unit Service
An effective roundtable is vital to the success of all unit service. This course reviews and reinforces how roundtables fit into the unit service structure by providing roundtable services to units and unit leaders.
 
BCS 152
Planning, Implementation, and Promoting Roundtable
In this course, the participants will be learning how to plan and implement a roundtable to best serve the units in their districts and councils.  They will also discuss how to promote roundtables to units they serve and to new leaders.
 
BCS 154
Roundtables Fundamentals
Roundtable is normally the first district event that a new leader attends.  It is focused on FUN and giving new and seasoned leaders “the will to do, and the skill to do”.  Roundtable is important not only for the leaders but for the youth they bring the information back to.  This course extends the learning material from Roundtable Commissioner Basic Training. 
 
CED 239 / BCS 118 / CED 713 (2 Sessions)
What is a Disabled Scout - How to Register them - How to help them advance
This course will give an explanation on what is a Disabled Scout via the guidelines of BSA.  It will also go over the forms and recommended procedures of filing the correct forms. We will also discuss the different types of units that are available.  This course will go over how to get a Scout with Specials Needs to advancement properly.  It will highlight what should be done with a scout and his advancements.  This course includes combines the information included in the National Commissioner Science Continuing Education Curriculum courses  designated BCS118 and CED 713.
 
CED 209/BCS 129
Emphasizing Duty to God 
Scouting teaches youth to do their duty to God through program delivery, special observances, and partnerships with various faith-based organizations, because the Boy Scouts of America believes in an obligation to God, and Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, believed that religion is a key component of the movement. The purpose of this course is to explain how and why Scouting encourages youth to be reverent - and how leaders and Commissioners can help units enhance the Reverent aspects of their programs. In the National Commissioner Sciences Curriculum, this course is designated as BCS129.
 
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Master of Commissioner Science Degree (MCS) 
 
A. Prerequisites 
1. Current registration as a Commissioner 
2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate 
3. Bachelor of Commissioner Science Degree. 
4. The Commissioner Arrowhead Honor 
 
B. Course Requirements 
1. Complete a minimum of seven additional courses of instruction (total 14), all seven (7) of the courses must at the Master Degree program level. 
 
C. Commissioner Performance 
1. Approval of Council Commissioner, or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner 
2. Approval of Council Scout Executive or Council Staff Adviser for Commissioner Service. 
 
 
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Master's Degree Courses
 
MCS 303
Managing Unit Service at the District Level (using Commissioner Tools)
This course will familiarize the student on the modules available in Commissioner Tools so that they can enhance their ability to support the unit. 
 
MCS 304
Commissioner Service for Units at Risk
The purpose of the course is to give some tools to help identify units that are at risk as well as tools to approach a unit at risk where there is minimal information, and you are there to revive or save the unit.  This course will show how to recognize the signs of a unit in crises and develop the skills to resolve the issues.
 
MCS 306
Mentoring Skills
A mentor is a long-term coach who supports and guides personal growth and development.  Mentoring is similar to coaching, but there are subtle differences. This course will explore those differences as it defines the role of a mentor.
 
MCS 309
Good Commissioners Need Both Head and Heart
In this course, we will discuss how the servant leadership concept is carried out by commissioners in the unit service. 
 
MCS 311
All About ADC’s Role
Educate participants on the purpose of the assistant district commissioner role and how it benefits commissioner services.
 
MCS 315
Effective Unit Service in Rural Communities
What is the definition of a rural community? This course will discuss the unique issues of rural units and how to solve them.  (this course has procedures that are helpful for units in more diverse settings)
 
MCS 316
Developing the Unit Service Plan
Building off BCS 116, Collaborative Assessments, this course identifies and develops unit service plans based on the collaborative assessment outcome.

 

MCS 280 / CED 280
Succession Planning in Scouting
The key to long term volunteer success at the Unit, District, and Council levels is having a continuous and seamless succession of qualified and trained volunteers, especially in Key-3 positions.  Planning for the inevitable change in volunteers takes continuous effort and attention.  
 
MCS 350
Unit and Roundtable Commissioner Working Together
While unit commissioners and roundtable commissioners wear distinct position patches, both patches feature the wreath of service.  Unit commissioners and roundtable commissioners work together to ensure unit leaders have the support they need to succeed.
 
MCS 352
Roundtable is Over, Now What?
The district roundtable isn’t over when the last chair is put away or when the host has closed the virtual meeting space. There are things that need to be completed to help get ready for the next roundtable. This course discusses the importance of feedback and application for successful future roundtables.
 
MCS 358
Addressing Unit Challenges through Roundtable
The monthly roundtable plays a key role in unit service and in helping unit leaders address their challenges and roadblocks. A great roundtable team will deliver a quality event that encourages leaders to return each month. This course is the culmination of the CCS material related to the monthly roundtable.
 
CED 199 / MCS 322
Advanced Special Needs Scouting
Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has Special Needs (disAbilities). This course will provide Leaders and Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can provide a program which provides these youth with the Scouting opportunities to succeed. This course is more of a Disability Awareness for Scouters and what to look for when a Scout with Special Needs may look into your unit.  This course is for all Scouters not just Commissioners.  
This course is designated as MCS 322 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Masters courses. 
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Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree (DCS)
 
NOTE: Earning the Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree does not automatically qualify you to receive the Doctorate of Commissioner Service Knot Award.
A. Prerequisites
1. Current registration as a Commissioner
2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate
3. Master of Commissioner Science Degree
4. Awarded the Commissioner Key
 
B. Course Requirements
1. Complete a minimum of ten additional courses of instruction for a total of twenty-four
2. At least five of the twenty-four must be from the Doctorate Degree level training.
3. Courses may not have previously been counted toward other college degrees.
 
C. Thesis or Project
1. This can be on any topic related to Commissioner Service.
2. The topic must be pre-approved by the Dean of the College, the Dean of Doctoral studies, and/or the Doctoral Review Committee.
3. Complete the thesis or project using the approved format as determined by the college.
 
D. The completed thesis or project must be approved by the Doctoral Review Committee (See page 16). If a review committee is not used, at a minimum the Council Commissioner and the College Dean need to make the approval.
 
E. Commissioner Performance
1. 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
2. Approval of the Dean of the College, or Staff Advisor for Commissioner Service
3. Approval of Council Commissioner, or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner
4. Approval of your Council Scout Executive or Council Staff Advisor for Commissioner Service
 
 
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Doctorate of Commissioner Science Courses
(offered via Doctoral Program)
 
 
DCS 501 / DOC 604A
Selecting Your Project or Thesis Topic
This course will introduce you to the concept of a thesis or project and will provide an overview of the application and doctoral degree process.  Required for Doctoral Degree.  
 
DCS 502
Limiting the Scope of the Topic
This course will provide you with ideas on reducing your thesis/project topic to a workable size.  The course will also help you get ideas for your thesis or project research.  Required for Doctoral Degree. 
 
DCS 503 / DOC 605A
Developing Your Project or Thesis
This course will cover developing your thesis/project outline and provide you with a variety of suggestions for researching, writing and revising your thesis or project.  Required for Doctoral Degree. 
 
DCS 504 / DOC 606
Thesis Project Workshop (Panel)
This is a panel workshop hosted by scouters who have already completed their doctorate.  The panel will provide insights into working on a thesis; answer any questions you have; and help you get started on or complete your thesis/project.  Not required for Doctoral Degree, but very helpful. 
 
DCS 512
Commissioner Recruiting Workshop
This session is designed to discuss best practices for recruiting administrative commissioners creating a team to recruit, develop a recruitment strategy and how to reach out to prospects.  
 
DCS 514
Building Meaning Relationships
Commissioner service is all about relationships. This session suggests ways in which commissioners may go about building and maintaining positive relationships with those they serve. It also discusses possible pitfalls that can undermine relationships
 
DCS 516
Succeeding with the Unit Service Plan
This program will give you guidance on providing unit assistance using the service plan developed for the unit.  The course will also discuss the types of data needed to determine unit success across the district.
 
 
DOC 614
Doctoral Counseling
This is an individualized session to help you narrow down and finalize your thesis/project proposal, obtain approval of your proposal, and develop a quick outline.  You will be assigned a Thesis Advisor at this session.   THIS IS A NON-CREDIT COURSE required for Doctoral Degree.
 
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Continuing Education Commissioner Science Courses
(Offered via Continuing Education Department)
 
CED 239 / BCS 118 / CED 713 (2 Sessions)
What is a Disabled Scout - How to Register them - How to help them advance
This course will give an explanation on what is a Disabled Scout via the guidelines of BSA.  It will also go over the forms and recommended procedures of filing the correct forms. We will also discuss the different types of units that are available.  This course will go over how to get a Scout with Specials Needs to advancement properly.  It will highlight what should be done with a scout and his advancements.  This course includes combines the information included in the National Commissioner Science Continuing Education Curriculum courses designated BCS118 and CED 713.
 
 
This page updated 01/16/2021
 
 
 
 
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