Soapstone Ridge District

Serving Southern DeKalb County Scouts of the Atlanta Area Council

Commissioner Staff

Position Name Contact
District Commissioner Paul Winget
Assistant District Commissioner Robert Patton
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Scout BSA Roundtable Commissioner
Unit Commissioner Yolanda Henry
Unit Commissioner David Bennett
Unit Commissioner Diane Mundy
Unit Commissioner Anthony Morton
Unit Commissioner M. Bud Willis
Unit Commissioner Valerie McCray
Unit Commissioner Eric Hagberg


Volunteers Needed

If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering for our Commisioner positions please contact our District Commisioner or District Executive about information on our open positions.

The Commissioner Concept

As liason between the local Council and Scouting Units, the Commissioner’s mission is to keep assigned Units operating at maximum efficiency. The Commissioner maintains regular contact with the leaders of the Units, counsels them on where to find assistance, notes any weaknesses in programs, and suggests remedies. The Commissioner is successful when the Units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting to their members.

District Commissioner

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  • Recruit Commissioners so that all Scouting Units in the District receive regular, helpful service including:
    • Assistant District Commissioners
    • Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner
    • Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
    • Venturing Roundtable Commissioner
    • Unit Commissioners – enough to serve no more than three Units each
  • Train members of the Commissioner Staff
    • Provide Commissioner Basic training
    • Conduct orientation/personal coaching
    • Guide Commissioners toward Arrowhead Honor and Scouter’s Key
    • Promote continuing education for Commissioners
  • Supervise and motivate UC’s to visit each Unit regularly, identify Unit needs, and make plans to meet Unit needs
  • Administer the annual Commissioner service plan, which gives specific purposes for Commissioner contact with Units at designated times of the year
  • Oversee the Unit charter renewal plan so that each Unit reregisters on time with optimum membership
  • Guide Roundtable Commissioners to ensure that monthly Roundtables are well-attended, and provide practical and exciting Unit program ideas
  • Plan and preside at monthly meetings of the District Commissioner Staff
  • Work with the District Chair and DE to stimulate and coordinate the work of the District
  • Help meet the District goals
  • Represent the District as a member of the Council Commissioner Cabinet
  • Support local and national Scouting policy, procedures, and practices
  • Attend District Committee meetings to report on conditions of Units and to secure specialized help for Units

Assistant District Commissioner

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  • Report to the District Commissioner
  • Recruit a full staff of Unit Commissioners to serve their assigned Units and area
  • Help the District Commissioner train UC’s and Roundtable Commissioners:
    • Conduct personal coaching/orientation sessions
    • Participate in the formal Basic Training courses
    • Help the UC’s attain the Arrowhead Honor, Scouter’s Key, and Distinguished Commissioner Service Award
  • Attend monthly District Commissioner Staff meetings, including a meeting with your UC’s to review Unit needs
  • Serve Units with no assigned UC
  • Maintain regular contact with UC’s under your supervision:
    • To assess Units’ strengths and weaknesses
    • To help find solutions to Units’ problems
    • To provide information, informal training, program ideas, and recognition
    • To help UC’s work successfully with Unit Committees, Chartered Organization Representatives, and Chartered Organizations
  • Involve Unit adults in training and Roundtables
  • Evaluate at least quarterly, the performance of UC’s and provide the help necessary to give the UC the confidence and expertise to serve assigned Units effectively
  • Support the District’s and Council’s program emphases
  • Become familiar with the program themes offered by the BSA for Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, and Venturing Crews
  • Supervise the operation of the annual service plan for assigned Units
  • Promote proper BSA uniforming standards

Unit Commissioner

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  • Reports to the District Commissioner or Assistant District Commissioner as assigned
  • Helps each Unit earn the Quality Unit Award
  • Use the annual Commissioner service plan, with its scheduled opportunities for Commissioner contact with Units
  • Know each phase of Scouting, its literature, and be able to describe how each works
  • Visit meetings of assigned Units; usually once a month
  • Visit regularly with the Unit leader:
    • Listen to what the Unit leader has to say
    • Offer encouragement and support
    • Using the literature and profile sheet, help the leader see opportunities for improvement
    • Maintain good Unit leader relationships
    • Encourage Unit participation in District and Council events and training
  • Work to ensure effective Unit Committees:
    • Visit with the Unit Committee periodically
    • Observe the Committee, offer suggestions for improvement, and work to solve problems
  • Make certain that proper techniques are used to select and recruit Unit leaders
  • Facilitate on-time charter renewal of all units:
    • Help the Unit conduct a membership inventory of youth and adults
    • Help the Unit Committee Chair conduct the charter renewal meeting
    • See that a completed charter renewal application is returned to the Council Service Center
  • Contact the head of the Chartered Organization following the charter renewal meeting to describe the Unit’s progress and to make arrangements for the charter presentation ceremony
  • Attend all meetings of the Commissioner Staff
  • Become trained:
    • Initial orientation and Basic training
    • Arrowhead Honor and Scouter’s Key
    • Annual Council Commissioner Conference
  • Set the example:
    • Adopt an attitude of helpfulness
    • Keep promises
    • Be concerned about proper uniforming
    • Be diplomatic
  • Know the resources available to the Unit in the neighborhood, District, and Council
  • Conduct own Self-Evaluation