A commissioner plays several roles, including friend, representative, unit “doctor,” teacher, and counselor. These manuals will help you accomplish all of these roles and can be downloaded and viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Commissioner Administration of Unit Service – An extensive manual of commissioner resources. This manual has combined the previous editions of the Administration of Commissioner Service, Basic Commissioner Training, and Continuing Education of Commissioners. Some great additions have been made to the manual to support council-level commissioners and their support to districts, as well as some new sessions of commissioner training to be offered at all levels.
Commissioner Fieldbook for Unit Service – Consider this handy book the commissioner’s best friend, the book every commissioner should own. It’s packed with essential information on commissioner style, commissioner lifesaving, commissioner responsibilities, and dozens of other topics on providing unit service. It’s the definitive reference on unit charter renewal.
Commissioner Helps for Packs, Troops, and Crews (Older Version) – All commissioners will need to get a copy of this resource with standards and commissioner action ideas related to 37 different elements of good unit program.
Unit Performance Guide – The Unit Performance Guide is the approved BSA best method strategy for creating and sustaining high-performing units for local councils. This book provides extensive new-unit resources for volunteers and professionals and covers the following topics: Know the Market, Make the Call, Build the Team, and Grow the Unit.
Council Commissioner Manual – This manual was compiled and written from the point of view that it would be a basic, yet comprehensive, guide for someone who has never been a council commissioner. It is meant to orient someone who does not have many years of Scouter experience at the council level and who is not familiar with council operations. It also is intended to be a comprehensive manual, covering all subjects one might need to know to perform the task.
All of these and more resources are provided by the BSA on the Commissioner Manuals section of the BSA Commissioner web site.