TrainingProgramsUniversity of ScoutingUoS Commissioner Service Program
 
Bachelor of Commissioner Service Degree (BCS)
 
A. Prerequisites 
1. Current registration as a Commissioner 
2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate 
3. Completion of "Commissioner Basic Training". 
4. The Commissioner Arrowhead Honor 
 
B. Course Requirements 
1. Complete a minimum of seven (7) commissioner courses of instruction, five (5) of which must be must from the Bachelor of Commissioner Science 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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2022 Suggested Bachelor's Course Schedule

 

Session #           Course #             Course Name

1                       BCS 106              Coaching Leaders

2                       BCS 105             Resolving Common Unit Issues

3                       BCS 109             The Essential Element

4                       BCS 112             Recruiting Unit Commissioners

5                       BCS 114             Understanding and Communicating with Today’s Leaders

6                       BCS 116             Collaborative Assessments

7                       BCS 117             The Commissioner and the Key 3

 
Bachelor Degree Course Descriptions
 
BCS 105 offered Saturday Session 2
Resolving Common Unit Issues
Build your knowledge of the early warning signs of a unit in danger of failing and discuss how to support problem-solving of some common issues in this course.
 
BCS 106 offered Saturday Session 1
Coaching Leaders
In this course, the commissioner will become familiar with the new Coaching Model and how to use it to better serve your units.
 
BCS 108 offered Saturday Session 3
Mining Internet Resources
The emphasis during this session focuses on finding official BSA websites that can assist all commissioners in supporting their units.
 
BCS 109 offered Saturday Session 3
The Essential Element
This course will discuss servant leadership and the role in plays in unit service
 
BCS 112 offered Saturday Session 4
Recruiting Unit Commissioners
Recruiting is an ongoing need.  Every commissioner has a part in the process.  Explore methods and develop a process for the identification and recruitment of commissioners.
 
BCS 114 offered Saturday Session 5
Understanding and Communicating with Today’s Leaders
Learn to understand the differences in relating to the generations involved in scouting and the purpose of inclusiveness in scouting.
  
BCS 116 offered Saturday Session 6
Collaborative Assessments
examine and discuss the need for collaboration in assessing unit’s strengths and needs to build a Unit Service Plan with unit leaders and record progress in Commissioner Tools.
 
BCS 117 offered Saturday Session 7
The Commissioner and the Unit Key 3
This course examines the roles of the Unit Key 3, the role of the unit commissioner and the relationship developed through communication, collaboration and assessment.
 
BCS 151 offered Saturday Session 6
The Roundtable and the Commissioner Team
Review the duties and responsibilities of the Roundtable Commissioner Team during this course.
 
CED 209 / BCS 129 offered Saturday Session 6
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.
 
SND 200 / CED 713 offered Saturday Session 7
Advancement for Scouts with Disabilities
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. 
 
SND 230 / MCS 322 offered Saturday Session 3
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.
 
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Master of Commissioner Service Degree (MCS)
 
A. Prerequisites 
1. Current registration as a Commissioner 
2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate 
3. Bachelor of Commissioner Science Degree.
 
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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2022 Suggested Master's Degree Schedule
 

Session#             Course #             Course Name

1                        MCS 304              Service to Units at Risk

2                        MCS 305              Resolving Critical Unit Issues

3                        MCS 314              The Commissioner and the Professional

4                        MCS 312              Recruiting the 21st Century Volunteer

5                        MCS 358              Addressing Unit Challenges through Roundtables

       6                       MCS 316              The Unit Service Plan

7                        MCS 306              Mentoring Skills

 
 
 
 
Master's Degree Course Descriptions
 
MCS 304 offered Saturday Session 1 or Sunday Session 4
Service to Units at Risk
The course focuses on recognizing the signs of a unit in crisis and developing the skills to resolve the issues.  The Commissioner will also learn processes to support the unit during the problem-solving phase.
 
MCS 305 offered Saturday Session 2 or Sunday Session 3
Resolving Critical Unit Issuesbaltimorebsa.org/logon
The commissioner will hone their skills is assessing units, determining their strengths and weaknesses, and developing plans to improve the functioning of the unit are the key points of this session.
 
MCS 306 offered Saturday Session 5
Mentoring Skills
The new mentoring model will be discussed, noting the difference between coaching, and mentoring and their application to unit service.
 
MCS 312 offered Saturday Session 4
Recruiting the 21st Century Volunteer
All commissioners are responsible for recruiting other commissioners. This course familiarizes commissioners on the considerations and techniques that support recruiting volunteers who represent the generations of the 21st century
 
MCS 314 offered Saturday Session 3
The Commissioner and the Professional
Building a good working relationship between the professional and the commissioner enables the best unit service to be provided for the district scouting units.
 
MCS 316 offered Saturday Session 6
The Unit Service Plan
The Collaborative Assessment of a unit provides an in-depth picture of their strengths and needs enabling the unit to determine the goals for a service plan to enable them to better serve the youth in their unit.

 
SND 230 / MCS 322 offered Saturday Session 3
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.
 
MCS 280 / CED 280 offered Saturday Session 2
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 358 offered Saturday Session 7
Addressing Unit Challenges through Roundtables
The monthly roundtable plays a key role in unit service and in helping unit leaders address their challenges and roadblocks.

 

 

 

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Doctor of Commissioner Service 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 offered Saturday Session 1 or 5
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 offered Saturday Session 1
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 offered Saturday Session 2 or 6
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 offered Saturday Session 3
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 506 offered Saturday Session 2 or 7
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. Required for Doctoral Degree.
 
DCS 512 offered Saturday Session 4
Recruiting for Diversity
Through 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.  
 
DOC 614 offered Saturday Session 4, 5, 6, or 7
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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This page updated 12/29/2021
 
 
 
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