College of Commissioner Service 2019

Northern Star Council

College of Commissioner Service

November 16, 2019

St. Paul College

235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul 55102

The College of Commissioner Science is an annual training event focused on developing the skills useful to a unit, roundtable, or administrative commissioner. The college provides of up to date information on the newest programs and materials, helps commissioners stay current in the techniques and application of commissioner service, and allows the discussion of issues and needs with other commissioners.

What’s New This Year!

  • New course offerings to enhance the training experience for all our commissioners.
  • We have added additional electives to provide more choices for both new and experienced commissioners.
  • Additional Advanced Studies courses (those who have completed their master’s or doctorate degree): in addition to the Advanced Studies core required sessions, you are able to register for any class offered at the college that will best suit your training needs.
  • This year we are offering “open discussion” Continuing Education sessions for commissioners who want to hone their commissioner skills without following the college degree format. Come for the program, stay for the fellowship and snacks!
  • The Focus Session will be in the theater immediately after lunch and will feature skits based on challenging situations that commissioners have encountered and how commissioners facilitated successful resolutions.
  • A District Operations Leadership Forum will be held concurrently with our College of Commissioner Service.

What Course Do I Register For:

Bachelors of Commissioner Service Degree:

The Bachelors Program is the level of training available to anyone who has completed Commissioner Basic Training and holds a current BSA Youth Protection training certificate.  This training will offer a series of 8 courses that will build upon your Basic Training skills.

Masters of Commissioner Service Degree: 

The Master’s program is advanced training that would follow completion of Bachelor of Commissioner Service degree or another recognized BSA College of Commissioner Service, and holds a current BSA youth protection training certificate. Complete a minimum of 16 total courses of instructions from this College or another recognized BSA College of Commissioner Service, including the core and elective courses specified for the Masters Degree curriculum, and be recommended for the degree by the Dean of the Masters Program. You must take the five core courses and three electives.

Doctorate of Commissioner Service Degree: 

The Doctorate program is next level of training following completion of the Master’s Degree and includes carrying out a project that will benefit an area of scouting.  Students will attend 8 hours of advanced level training courses that includes the presentation of your completed project.

Bachelors of Roundtable Service Degree:

All Roundtable Commissioners and team members will benefit from a full day of training to help promote, staff and build successful roundtable programs for Pack, Troop and Venture Crew programs.

Masters of Roundtable Service:

The Roundtable Master’s program is advanced training that follows completion of the Bachelors in Roundtable Service program.  This program offers 8 hours of classes to further enhance the ability of Roundtable Commissioners to deliver quality roundtables in support of unit programs.

Advanced Studies Degree: 

The Advanced Studies Program provides 8 hours of elective course curriculum that will supplement previous Commissioner training.  The Advanced Studies Program is intended for commissioners who have already completed the Master’s program or Doctorate programs and are interested in gaining further learning from a broad curriculum of optional courses including fellowship with Commissioners.

Continuing Education:

A non-degree opportunity for commissioners of any level to participate in a group discussion on key unit issues commissioners need to address.

Unit Commissioner Basic Training:

This full day Unit Commissioner Basic Training course will discuss what a commissioners is, what a commissioner does and how a commissioner does it. This course will cover the following areas: 1. The Commissioner Service Role, 2. Supporting the Unit, 3. Role of the District, 4. Unit program planning, 5. Inspire Coach connect, 6. Understanding Journey 2.0, 7. Unit review and reflection, 8. Unit Charter Renewal Process, 9. Next steps to success.

District Operations:

A forum for district leadership strategics and discussions. Attendance is by invitation only.

College of Commissioner Service website:

More information on the College of Commissioner Service can be found at:

Please note that any prior degree from any College of Commissioner Service will qualify you to attend the next training level.

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