Bachelors Level Courses   [Masters Level]   [Doctoral Level]   [Continuing Education]

Degree Course ID 2020 Course Name 2020 Course Description
BCS 100 BCS 101 Core Concepts of Commissioner Service The position of commissioner is one of the oldest in Scouting. This course reviews and reinforces the commissioner core concepts and identifies the key skills needed for commissioner to be able to assess the units they serve.
BCS 100 BCS 102 Supporting Timely Charter Renewal At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to understand the process of charter renewal, identify the roles of the commissioner, charter partner, and unit leaders, and understand the consequences of failure.
BCS 100 BCS 103 Linking District Resources At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to explain typical District structure and the functions of the District, know how to use the resources of the District to better support the units they serve, and utilize the Unit Service Plan when assessing the unit needs by identifying District resources.
BCS 100 BCS 104 Contacting Units At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to describe how the concept of commissioner service is demonstrated in frequent unit contacts, identify ways to demonstrate good commissioner service as we serve as a coach/mentor and representative of the BSA, and explain the importance of using Commissioner Tools to record and manage unit contacts.
BCS 100 BCS 105 Resolving Common Unit Issues The unit commissioner’s goal in supporting a unit is to discover strengths and needs, and to help the unit improve. Some issues are common, and can be resolved readily. At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to use the Detailed Assessment to identify unit strengths and needs, understand early warning signals of unit issues, and identify focus areas for observing specific unit needs during regular contacts.
BCS 100 BCS 106 Coaching Leaders In this course a commissioner will become familiar with the new Coaching Model and how to use it to better serve their units.
BCS 100 BCS 107 Journey to Excellence At the end of this training a commissioner will 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, and identify resources to help improve Journey to Excellence performance in the unit.
BCS 100 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. In this course we will concentrate not on the local “who do you call” but on using the internet, in effect, mining internet resources.
BCS 100 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. At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to define the characteristics of servant leadership, understand a servant’s heart, and apply this concept in commissioner service.
BCS 100 BCS 112 Recruiting Unit Commissioners One of the duties in your role as the district commissioner as part of the District Key 3 is to recruit, train, guide, and evaluate the required commissioner personnel of the district. District Commissioners take ownership of the district team of commissioners to ensure that all units are well cared for throughout the year. This course will focus on recruiting. At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to identify and recruit candidates for commissioner service, understand the 5 P’s of recruiting commissioners, and explore skills needed for successful commissioner service.
BCS 100 BCS 114 Understanding and Communicating with Today’s Leaders We, as commissioners, need to understand the differences in relating to generations involved in scouting and inclusiveness. As commissioners we can embrace the differences and similarities to make the scouting program stronger. At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to identify the characteristics of generations within scouting’s leaders, understand the differences in relating to Generations involved in Scouting, and embrace the differences and similarities to make the scouting program stronger.
BCS 100 BCS 116 Collaborative Assessments This course examines and discusses the need for collaboration in assessing unit’s strengths and needs, build a Unit Service Plan and record in Commissioner Tools. At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to understand the importance of Collaborative Assessment, develop and Utilize a Unit Service Plan, and assess and record results of the USP in Commissioner Tools.
BCS 100 BCS 117 Commissioner & Unit Key 3 In this course, we examine the roles of the unit key 3 and how commissioners work and coach each.
BCS 100 BCS 150 Roundtables in Commissioner Service An effective roundtable is vital to the success of all commissioner service. This course reviews and reinforces how roundtables fit into the commissioner service structure by providing roundtable services to unit leaders.
BCS 100 BCS 151 The Roundtable Commissioner Team An effective roundtable commissioner team is vital to the success of all roundtables. The roundtable commissioner team organization is as simple as it needs to be in a small district and can be a more complex organization in a larger district. It is important that all members of the commissioner roundtable team understand the unique position of roundtable in the Scouting world. Roundtable provides a different method of unit service, but it is just as important. Roundtable also supplements unit commissioner efforts by the program support it provides. At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to identify the purpose of roundtables, describe the positions of a roundtable commissioner team and their duties, and understand the leadership roles of roundtable commissioner team.
BCS 100 BCS 152 The Year-Round Roundtable Planning Process & Promotion In this course, the participants will be learning how to plan a year roundtable program to best serve the units in their districts. They will also discuss how to promote Roundtables to the units they serve.
BCS 100 BCS 153 Roundtables and Commissioner Tools In this course, the participants will learn how to use the roundtable tab on Commissioner Tools. They will also learn to create power pivot table reports. For a participant to be fully engaged in the course they need to have a computer to be able to access Commissioner Tools.
BCS 100 BCS 154 Cub Scout Roundtables Cub Scout Roundtables is normally the first district event that a new leader attends. Focused on FUN and giving new and seasoned leaders “the will to do, and the skill to do” 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 Basic. To learn more about the nuances of the Cub Scout Roundtable make sure to take MCS 353 The Cub Scout Breakout.
BCS 100 BCS 155 Boy Scout Roundtables Boy Scout roundtables provide scout leaders with the resources they need to provide a better program in their unit. However, it becomes very easy to forget that roundtables not just a place to visit friends in other units and rehash war stories of the good ol’ days. It is also important for everyone to remember the youth that run the unit and that the information gets back to the unit. The boy scout roundtable should always be working with new and experienced unit leaders to help provide “the will to do, and the skill to do.” This course extends the learning material from Roundtable Basic. To learn more about the nuances of the Boy Scout roundtable make sure to take MCS 354 The Boy Scout Breakout Session.
BCS 100 BCS 156 Recruiting, Training and Recognizing the Roundtable Team Properly recruiting, training and recognizing the roundtable team is vital to the success of all roundtables. One of the duties in the role as the district commissioner is to recruit, train, guide, and evaluate the required commissioner personnel of the district. District commissioners take ownership of the district team of commissioners to ensure that all units are well cared for throughout the year. The assistant district commissioner for roundtable also assists in recruiting the roundtable team and the program-specific roundtable commissioners assist with recruiting the assistant roundtable commissioners for their team.
BCS 200 BCS 204 Camporee 101 Are you involved with your District/Council camporees? Do you want to be? Has attendance at your camporees been lower than you would like? Come to this session and learn the basics of how to organize and run an outstanding camporee for your District or Council. Discussion of all aspects of camporees including: themes, activities, patches, logistics, budgets and more.
BCS 200 BCS 205 Introduction to Exploring for Commissioners As the Exploring explosion continues to create new Exploring units in your Council, unit support is essential towards fostering and maintain a healthy program. The commissioner corps participation is unit service is essential for the success of the Exploring program. Come learn about the Exploring program and how as a Commissioner you can affect the lives of our  youth in this program.
BCS 200 BCS 206 ENTHUSIASM:  How to Make it Contagious This course will cover ways to plug into the untapped enthusiasm well of scouting by creating habits form using effective techniques, behaviors, and most importantly having the right attitude. 
BCS 200 BCS 207 Marketing: Like a Boss This course will bring your Units into the 21st century and create a new marketing driven method to your recruiting and fundraising efforts.
BCS 200 BCS 208 Shooting Sports: How to Answer all the Questions This course will give you the answers to the questions for all activates that fall under the shooting sports category.
BCS 200 BCS 210 Unit Finance This course summaries rules and best practices for unit budgeting and fundraising.
BCS 200 BCS 219 Live Steaming: Becoming a YouTube Star How to set up and digitally record events like Roundtable, CCM, and other events. Media matters in marketing.
BCS 200 BCS 250 STEM at Roundtable How to implement, modify and incorporate hands-on STEM activities at Roundtable.
BCS 200 BCS 251 Breaking the Ice at Roundtable Jump start Roundtable with engaging activities to integrate and connect attendees.
BCS 200 BCS 252 BIG EVENTS – Special Roundtable Themes and Events Unique roundtable delivery methods featuring “flare” for pack and troop special events/occasions.
BCS 200 BCS 253 The Roundtable Commissioner Team In this session we will review the duties and responsibilities of the Roundtable Commissioner Team, developing the team spirit, and ideas for team recognition
BCS 200 BCS 254 Supporting the Outdoor Ethics Attitude Roundtable & Unit Commissioners increasing awareness and   Units should practice Outdoor Ethics in their thinking and actions–wherever they go.  This session will prepare the participants to develop the units’ commitment through Roundtable programs and Unit Service.

Masters Level Courses   [Bachelors Level]   [Doctoral Level]   [Continuing Education]

Degree Course ID 2020 Course Name 2020 Course Description
MCS 300 MCS 302 On-Time Charter Renewal Annually, sponsoring organizations and units apply to BSA for a new charter to deliver the Scouting program. This process validates youth membership and qualified leaders, confirms agreement to follow BSA policies, and collects registration fees. District commissioners must lead these activities which may engage volunteers who are inexperienced or unfamiliar with BSA procedures. This session explores leadership techniques to prepare, guide, and support units in completing accurate charter renewal applications on-time.
MCS 300 MCS 303 Managing Unit Service at the District Level This course reviews how commissioner tools can assist commissioners working at the district level understand how their units and commissioners are performing.
MCS 300 MCS 304 Commissioner Service for Units at Risk In this course indicators of units at risk, approaches for investigating units reported to be at risk and resolving the issues that have put the unit at risk are discussed.
MCS 300 MCS 305 Resolving Critical Unit Issues In this course you will practice and discuss making a detailed assessment and unit service plan for units with different issues. This course is scenario with different issues. This course is discussion driven.
MCS 300 MCS 306 Mentoring Skills The course will discuss the new mentoring model, differences of coaching and mentoring and how it applies to commissioner service.
MCS 300 MCS 307 Commissioner Service for Newly Formed Units In this course, a commissioner will learn the role of a new-unit commissioner and become familiar with working side by side with a new unit organizer.
MCS 300 MCS 309 Good Commissioners Need Both Head and Heart In this course, we will discuss how the servant leadership concept is carried in the commissioner service.
MCS 300 MCS 311 All About the ADC’s Role This course will educate the audience on the purpose of the assistant district commissioner role and how it benefits commissioner services.
MCS 300 MCS 312 Recruiting A Commissioner Team This course will help you 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, and review some recruiting tips.
MCS 300 MCS 313 Onboarding New Commissioners This course will explain why we onboard commissioners, discuss what is included in onboarding process, and review the onboarding process for new Commissioners.
MCS 300 MCS 314 The Commissioner and the Professional In this course, learn more about the relationship between the commissioner and the professional. How can they work closely together to reach a common goal of providing quality service to units? What can the professional do to help the volunteer accomplish their goals and what can the commissioners do to help the professional accomplish their goals and fulfil their critical achievements?
MCS 300 MCS 315 Effective Unit Service in Rural Communities In this course, the participants will learn about the characteristics of a rural community and how to work with a rural community to maintain an effective unit.
MCS 300 MCS 316 Developing the Unit Service Plan The course is designed to provide understanding of the various components comprising a detailed unit health assessment, identify arising problems and issues, and develop a successful unit service plan based on the outcome of a thorough, collaborative, detailed unit health assessment. This course interacts with BCS 116, Collaborative Assessments, and is also linked to MCS 304, Commissioner Service for Units At-Risk. In addition, this course complements DCS 516, Succeeding with the Unit Service Plan.
MCS 300 MCS 321 Commissioner Service for Newly Formed Units In this course, a commissioner will learn the role of a new-unit commissioner and become familiar with working side by side with a new unit organizer.
MCS 300 MCS 322 Advanced Scouting with Disabilities Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has Special Needs (disabilities). This course will provide Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can provide a program which provides these youth with the Scouting opportunities to succeed.
MCS 300 MCS 350 Unit and Roundtable Commissioners Working Together This course will provide an opportunity to see how all the members of the commissioner corps in a district help units identify and resolve their problems.
MCS 300 MCS 351 How to Conduct the Annual Planning Session An effective roundtable annual plan is vital to the success of all roundtables. Every district and council should have an annual roundtable plan. This course will discuss annual roundtable planning in your district or council.
MCS 300 MCS 352 Roundtable Is Over – Now What?? The course will discuss the concept that roundtable isn’t over when the last chair is put away. There are things that need to be completed to help get ready for the next roundtable. There are also items that need to acted on, to help units with their problems. Letting them go until later often means they don’t get done at all.
MCS 300 MCS 353 The Cub Scout Breakout This course will provide an understanding of the need to have specific cub scout interest topics and materials to address the unique problems and challenges that cub scout leaders have implementing their program.
MCS 300 MCS 354 The Boy Scout Breakout The boy scout breakout session focuses on the needs of troop leaders and helps them solve their problems. The scout breakout session should help adult leaders learn scout skills as needed to help their youth leaders plan and run the troop program.
MCS 300 MCS 355 Using the ADC for Roundtables in Your District An effective roundtable commissioner team is vital to the success of all roundtables. The assistant district commissioner for roundtables (ADC-RT) needs to understand the unique position of roundtable in the Scouting world. Roundtable provides a different method of unit service, but it is just as important. Roundtable also supplements unit commissioner efforts by the program support it provides. The assistant district commissioner for roundtables(ADC-RT) position has a vital leadership role to perform and when properly used this position can be a great asset to the Roundtable Team.
MCS 300 MCS 356 Using the ACC for Roundtables in Your Council The ACC-RT works with each district to help them understand the unique position of roundtable in the scouting world. Roundtable provides a different method of unit service, but it is just as important. Roundtable also supplements unit commissioner efforts by the program support it provides.
MCS 300 MCS 357 Managing Long Distance Roundtables This course will provide an understanding of the current resources available to enhance long distance roundtables.
MCS 300 MCS 358 Roundtables and Solving Unit Problems District roundtables have a unique position to help units and unit leaders solve their problems. A great roundtable team will deliver a quality event that encourages leaders to return each month.
MCS 400 MCS 401 Scouting KISMIF Programs What makes troop programs work: Keep it Simple, Make it Fun!
MCS 400 MCS 404 Family Scouting Forum This course discusses the implementation of family scouting.
MCS 400 MCS 420 The Future Face of Commissioner Tools This course will present an improved new release under development that will feature a number of your requested enhancements.
MCS 400 MCS 421 Creating a Fully Integrated Online Registration Toolbox Come learn about how the Online Reg tools will be streamlined into one Membership Dashboard.  Also if you have any questions about the registration process bring those encourage participant discussion.
MCS 400 MCS 497 Council President’s Meeting This is a business meeting for council presidents.
MCS 400 MCS 498 Area 4 Leadership Huddle This area leadership huddle is an opportunity for council commissioners to confer and share best practices.

Doctoral Level Courses   [Bachelors Level]   [Masters Level]   [Continuing Education]

Degree Course ID 2020 Course Name 2020 Course Description
DCS 500 DCS 501 Selecting Your Project/Thesis Topic This session assists doctoral candidates in selecting their project/thesis concept.
DCS 500 DCS 502 Limiting the Scope of Your Project/Thesis Topic Doctoral candidates explore various procedures to reduce their topic to a workable size. A suggested approval process will also be shared.
DCS 500 DCS 503 Developing Your Project or Thesis This session covers the project/thesis outline and a variety of suggestions for writing and revising the report.
DCS 500 DCS 504 Project Thesis Open Workshop Forum This Q and A open forum provides doctoral candidates an opportunity to review completed projects and theses instilling confidence that this task is attainable.
DCS 500 DCS 506 Coaching for Administrative Commissioners Coaching is about relationships. It is the ability to listen, to observe, to share, to support and to engage in a way that will help others solve their own problems, grow as individuals and attain their full potential. Coaching is the art of helping others arrive at their conclusions through their own analysis of the situation and facts.
DCS 500 DCS 512 Commissioner Recruiting Workshop This workshop is designed to allow participants the opportunity to practice recruiting commissioners using the “Roster Mining” method.
DCS 500 DCS 514 Building Meaningful 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 500 DCS 516 Succeeding With the Unit Service Plan The Unit Service Plan is the roadmap to unit success. With appropriate guidance the commissioner staff can provide significant unit assistance. The district administrative s will need comprehensive data to set the course for unit success across the district.
DCS 600 DCS 621 District and Council Fundraising Running an effective FoS program is one of the most challenging and important roles on district and council committees. In this seminar, participants will learn what strategies work, how to solicit gifts from diverse giving communities, and how to pursue large, enterprise-level gifts from companies and philanthropies.

Continuing Education Courses   [Bachelors Level]   [Masters Level]   [Doctoral Level]

Degree Course ID 2020 Course Name 2020 Course Description
CED 700 CED 701 Combatting Commissioner Stress/Burnout We’ve all had our moments when we ask ourselves, “Why are we involved in Scouting?” This session is designed to examine indicators of stress, how stress affects those around us, and how we might overcome these negative manifestations.
CED 700 CED 707 Becoming a Project Thesis Advisor This course prepares a person, preferably a Doctor of Commissioner Science to become a thesis/project advisor. Provides specific procedures and techniques to make the task easier. Helps provide common standards for the acceptance of a DCS thesis or project.
CED 700 CED 709 The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints Organization. At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to recognize the Organization of the LDS Church as it relates to Scouting, recognize the Organization of an LDS Stake as it relates to Scouting, and recognize the Organization of an LDS Ward or Branch (Congregation) as it relates to Scouting.
CED 700 CED 710 Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to describe the elements of the Ward/Branch Scouting Program in the LDS Church, describe the elements of the Cub Scout and Boy Scout Programs in the LDS Church, describe the elements of the LDS Commissioner Program, and describe the differences in the LDS Scouting Program implementation.
CED 700 CED 712 Friendstorming and Recruiting Commissioners In this course, you will review the steps to recruit district volunteers and learn to use Friendstorming as a method to build a strong prospect list.
CED 700 CED 713 Advancement for Scouts with Special Needs – The Commissioner’s Role Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has disAbilities. This course will provide Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can provide an Advancement program which provides these youth with the Scouting opportunities to succeed. Participants of this course will become familiar with the “Rules of Engagement” for advancement in each of the Scouting program areas to help them to respond to the needs of these special youth.
CED 700 CED 716 Conflict Resolution for Commissioners At the end of this training a commissioner will be able to analyze the source and cause of conflict, identify tools to help mediate conflict, and learn to apply the tools to specific situations.
CED 700 CED 720 A Commissioner’s Introduction to Valuing Diversity The purpose of this course is to increase knowledge and general understanding of diversity issues without making value judgments or calling into question peoples’ religious, cultural, or political beliefs and affiliations.
CED 800 CED 839 The National IT Roadmap Discuss the future of national online resources with the people who develop them.
CED 800 CED 850 Recruiting Latino Youth and Families This discussion will develop effective strategies to attract families from underrepresented communities into the scouting program.
BCS 101—199 National courses 201-299 Southern California Commissioner College Specific Courses
MCS 301—399 National courses 401-499 Southern California Commissioner College Specific Courses
DCS 501—599 National courses 601-699 Southern California Commissioner College Specific Courses
CED 701—799 National courses 801-89 Southern California Commissioner College Specific Courses

 
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