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The Five Trails District Commissioner is Jason Buffington

The Five Trails District Commissioners meet monthly on the second Monday of the month (normally) at 6:30 pm at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church (PPUMC), finishing in time for the Cub Scout/Boy Scout Roundtables. 

 

What Does a Unit Commissioner DO?


The job of a Unit Commissioner (UC) is to be a “friend” to the unit and its leadership team:  


  • A coach/confidant to the unit leaders (Cubmaster/Scoutmaster & Committee Chair & Chartered Organization Representative).  Particularly in Cub Packs – where new leaders usually have very little experience and often do not know where to turn – a UC is a source of ideas and the answers to common questions.  And if a UC doesn’t know, they have their peers and the rest of the District team to support them.
  • An ambassador from the District and Council to the unit … so that the unit knows they are not alone in delivering a great program to their Scouts.  Even for phenomenally-active Packs with great parent organizations, adding the District and Council activities to your calendars can deeply broaden the boys’ experiences.  And for smaller Packs, the extra activities, training, and opportunities are the difference between a good year (with lots of work) and a great one (that is actually easier to deliver).
  • A proactive generalist health-check (think “old-time travelling doctor”) to help the unit and its parents deliver a great program that the boys deserve.  Whether it be leadership issues (such as Packs with high turnover) or resource challenges (Packs looking for help with a campout or desiring a Den Chief), UCs are your go-to resource finders, who will bring in the right District resources to help everything run smoothly.

 

When the unit is going well, then we are there to just provide proactive support, encouragement, information, etc.  When something breaks, we are already visible and trusted, and can help units solve whatever their challenge might be.  In addition, Commissioners help during Join Scouting Nights (recruitment), rechartering, and Friends of Scouting fund raising.  

Sound interesting?  Click here to learn more about possibly becoming a Commissioner.  

 

Consider Serving as a Unit Commissioner

As far as a time commitment to be a Unit Commissioner (UC), it isn’t the ‘one hour per week’ that Scout leaders joke about … it’s actually a little less than that (per unit).  UCs are asked to simply touch base (e-mail, call, visit), with each unit that they are assigned to, once per month – go to a Committee meeting, Pack meeting, Troop Court of Honor, special activity, ... something!  This makes UC service a great option for an adult what wants to serve, but may have a dynamic lifestyle (i.e., travel for work, parents of older teens with random activities, etc.). 

The goals while you are there are:

    • Be seen. Historically, the only time units saw their UC was at re-charter.  Let them know that you are there and thinking of them – all year round.
    • Be accessible. Build some trust and then folks will bring you all kinds of interesting questions – where they just want a seasoned Scouter’s ear.  E.g., most Cub Scout adult leaders are “the blind leading the blind”, so having an experienced adult in the back of the room, especially in a planning meeting, is a huge blessing.  Troops are usually easier.
    • Be helpful. Talk about what is coming up from District or Council that might help them (camporee, program preview, YPT training, etc.).
    • Be observant. Look for good healthy activity (fun, organization, participation) and then enter what you saw (10 minutes or less) in MyScouting.org’s Commissioner Tools area. 


You can serve as a UC, while still being active in your son’s unit!  Former Cubmasters (CMs), Scoutmasters (SMs), and Committee Chairs (CCs) often make great UCs, because they have the direct experience to offer to those that replace them – and many have hopefully had positive experiences with other Commissioners already.  But any service-spirited adult can be a Unit Commisioner.  


If your son has crossed over, but you’d like to continue some level of involvement in a Pack (or your son is ready to continue the adventure without you), then, consider serving even one Pack as their Unit Commissioner.  UCs CAN also be ASMs or Committee members in Troops – which enables you to be active in your son’s program but also do more for that Troop or some other unit, if you want.  

In fact, if you feel called to help guide a unit, but the Unit “Key-3” (Cubmaster/Scoutmaster, Committee Chairperson and Chartered Organization Representative) roles are filled, consider serving alongside the Key-3 as their UC.  Note:  Commissioners cannot concurrently serve as a Unit Key-3 leader, since their role is to aid the Unit’s Key-3. 

Experienced UCs serve no more than 3 units; new UCs typically only serve 1 unit. So, in general, presume that you’ll serve one 60-90 minute timeslot some time during each month (per unit) …. and then also try to attend the Zmonthly District Commissioners’ meeting.  Beyond that, we do have a few busy spikes where you’d make a few extra phone calls during re-charter and Join Scouting Night to see if the units need help processing their paperwork – and perhaps make a Friends of Scouting (FoS) presentation, if you are so inclined. 

For more information on Commissioner Service, check out the Fast Track: Unit Commissioners video on MyScouting.org for a more formal overview – but it all boils down to just being a “visible friend to the unit – particularly to the unit’s key adult leaders”.


Or, contact the Assistant District Commissioner for your area, who will buy you a coffee and further explain the program:


CoppellChris Wilt  
Irving – Joe Garcia

 

 

Who ARE the Unit Commissioners?

Note: This article is still a work in progress.  THANK YOU for your PATIENCE!! 

Five Trails District Unit Commissioners are divided geographically to cover Coppell and Irving units. 

Coppell Unit Commissioners include: 

Chris Wilt Associate District Commissioner for Coppell Troops wilt.family@verizon.net

Unit

Unit Meeting Location

Unit Commissioner

E-mail

P820

St. Ann's Center

Bryant Caswell

bcaswell@sradesign.com

P840

Cottonwood Elementary

Darren White

whitefamily1995@verizon.net

P841

Austin Elementary

Chris Wilt

wilt.family@verizon.net

P846

Mockingbird Elementary

David Cauble

caubletxsg@gmail.com

P847

  Lakeside Elementary

  Thomas Snawder

 

  tomsna@verizon.net

P849

Wilson & Pinkerton Elementaries

Darren White

whitefamily1995@verizon.net

P850

Town Center Elementary

Craig Warner

cg_warner@verizon.net

P857

Denton Creek Elementary

Darren White

whitefamily1995@verizon.net

P873

Valley Ranch Elementary

Jenny Quonoey

jenny@quonoey.com

T807

Riverside Church

David Cauble

caubletxsg@gmail.com

T840

Valley Ranch Baptist Church

Chris Wilt

wilt.family@verizon.net

T841

St. Ann's Knights of Columbus

Craig Creason

cacreason@gmail.com

T842

First United Methodist Coppell

Darren White

whitefamily1995@verizon.net

T845

Coppell Bible Fellowship

Darrell Barry

darrellbarry@gmail.com

C808

Rejoice Lutheran Churcch

Darrell Barry

darrellbarry@gmail.com

 

Irving Unit Commissioners include: 

TBD .... 

 

 

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