Hello Edelweiss District Commissioners!
I’d like to introduce myself... I am Scott Hooper and your new Edelweiss District Commissioner. My family and I are relatively recent transplants to Europe and are based in Luzern, Switzerland. I look forward to working with each of you.
First, thank you for your continued support of our Edelweiss units. The vast majority of Scouting’s impact occurs at the unit level so your continued mentorship and nurturing of our district’s units is a key to making a difference in the lives of our young people. On behalf of the youth and units we serve, thank you.
I’d also like to recognize James Beatty for his service as the past District Commissioner and his continued service as Assistant Council Commissioner and 2016 Woodbadge Course Director. Thanks, James.
In the spirit of giving back more than requested, here are a couple of items that you may or may not have seen already…
1. TAC Commissioner’s College. TAC Commissioner’s College will be held at Camp Freedom (Oberdachstetten, DE) Saturday September 19th. The course will run from ~9 AM to ~4 PM. People can pitch a tent on site and camp the night before if they wish. To defray costs, a minimal fee of $5-10 dollars will be charged. This Commissioner’s College session is being held to take pressure off the Scouter’s Annual Conference calendar to allow Commissioners to attend other sessions. Commissioner’s College is a great opportunity to learn and to exchange information with other TAC Commissioners. See you there!
2. As mentioned above, TAC will be holding a Woodbadge course next summer (6-12 August, 2016) with James Beatty as the course director. There is an extra special wrinkle in this course in that it will be held at Gilwell Park in London, the site of the first Woodbadge course. If you have not attended, or leaders in your units have not attended Woodbadge, you/they are missing a “mountain-top” experience. Sign up is currently open at: http://tac-bsa.kintera.org/woodbadge2016 .
Now for my request from you… Could you please send me a reply message with the following information?
Units You Serve Preferred E-mail
I am working with legacy Excel spreadsheets and want to verify the information on the sheets (then once I have access to Commissioner’s Tools, to verify that info against the spreadsheets). Thanks in advance for helping to verify that the District information is as accurate as possible.
And finally, a preview of this coming year... My agenda for this year is to push 2 themes: Unit Service (visitations and mentorship) and Unit Commissioner recruitment (without robbing that leadership from our units). If you have other ideas, concerns, suggestions, please feel free to drop me a line or give me a call. Thanks.
In Service to the TAC ED,
Edelweiss District Commissioner
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Our commitment to serve ALL units to the fullest in TAC, should remain the top priority. No matter the distance to reach a community and given our low numbers of registered commissioners, a virtual commissioner’s presence could help us improve the number of meaningful ‘unit contacts’ where a commissioner (supports UC recruitment objective #1) is not assigned and or available. A Virtual Commissioner forum is not meant to be a magic wand, and will require follow-up actions and regular (detail and simple) assessments to ensure that a Unit Service Plan is worked and can enable a unit’s journey to excellence goals - this is paramount!
Visit the site and provide your comments by posting them to the site or by emailing TACCommissioner@tac-bsa.org them to make the necessary updates before sharing the site with the rest of council. District commissioners coordinate with your District professionals to ensure that contact rosters are updated.
As we progress in this Charter year, we should always be vigilant and recruit new members to our Unit Commissioner teams. There are communities in which we are not currently within ratios. It is our hope to build a team that would allow us to support units as per the National standard ratio of 3:1 or 1:1 for new units.
We need your help in recruiting this unit service volunteers! We should also plan ahead and help recruit volunteers as part of a continuity plan. Perhaps the new/prospective UC could shadow a current UC to learn his/her responsibilities, so that when the PCS, or move comes our communities are still covered by experienced volunteers.
Dear Scouting Leaders:
The Recharter 2015 information can be found in the Home Tab and District Executive Tab within the District Committee!
Please refer to this page in which you will find all the forms you will need to complete your chater! The online codes for the Februray recharter units will be sent via email as soon as they are made available to us.
Thank you for ALL you do for our Youth!
As District Commissioner, I serve as the quality control officer who recruits, trains and leads a staff of commissioners who coach adult leaders of every unit to succeed. The district commissioner is responsible for the unit service function of the district.