This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
The District Commissioner's staff consists of his Assistant District Commissioners, and may include Field Commissioners for special interests such as Cubbing, Senior Scouting, Lone Scouting, Neighborhood Patrols, or Tribes, and the Neighborhood Commissioners to service organized Scout groups.
(b) -Shall coordinate and supervise the work of Neighboring Commissioners in his District and shall maintain a cooperative, supervisory relationship to Field Commissioners when working in his District.
(c) -Shall preside at Roundtable Meetings of Scouters in the District."
"The Assistant District Scout Commissioner shall assist the District Scout Commissioner in the performance of his duties of coordination and supervision of the work of the Neighborhood Commissioners in-his District."
The District Commissioner, the Assistant District and Neighborhood Commissioners, as well as the Field Scout Commissioners are volunteer field workers under the supervision and direction of the Scout Executive, or someone deputized by him for that purpose.
They "serve in a helpful and cooperative supervisory relationship to the Pack, Troop, Tribe and Senior Scouting groups through their respective leaders, in making effective their operation in accordance with the estab-lished program and policy of the council."
The District Commissioner as a member of the District Committee, assists in district planning under the District Chairman and the Scout Executive.
In a large district, it may be desirable to have one or more Assistant District Commissioners for every half-dozen Neighborhood Commissioners. Each Assistant can then serve as Chairman of a little cluster of a half-dozen Neighborhood Commissioners, each of whom he helps in their work of visiting and servicing some three or four Scout and Cub groups.
As Rural Scouting seeks to meet needs of the boys of the open country, for whom the least has been done by all agencies, Commissioners will increasingly recognize the importance of and render service to Neighborhood Patrols or Rural Dens and Lone Cubs, Lone Scouts and Lone Senior Scouts.
(a) -'shall maintain a helpful cooperative relationship to the leadership of such Cubbing, Scouting and Senior Program groups as are operating under the sponsorship of each institution or group of citizens to which he has been assigned.
(b) -Shall be responsible for maintaining a high standard of performance and shall, wherever practicable, be related to not more than four recognized chartered groups of Scouts.
(c) -Shall encourage the maintaining of an adequate program in the Troops (Tribes and Packs) to which he is related, including the outdoors program and the use of administrative devices such as the Scout Budget Plan, in the interest of organized Scout group efficiency."
Other Committees will plan for Camping, Safety, or Advancement-but the Neighborhood Commissioner is the "envoy" who deals directly with his territory on these and other items, so much so that with regular Scout groups, he usually visits each group once a month. With Neighborhood Patrols or Dens and with Tribes and Lone Scouts the frequency of contact will vary with need and distance and season, but will approximate once a month.
This visit affords the opportunity to share with the individual or group visited, new and successful experience from others. It also affords the opportunity to help the various rural Scouting groups to do a good job with their boys and to cooperate in carrying out local council and district aims and all programs and projects.
It is of the utmost importance to recognize that the council and district have the same obligation to give service to small Neighborhood Patrols or Lone Scouts as to the larger groups like Troops or Tribes.
One very important responsibility of the District Commissioner Staff is to help the sponsoring institutions and committees pick the best men to serve as leaders of boys.
The following blank makes an excellent yard stick to use to discover which one has the best combination of qualities. It is one of a number contained in the National publication "Scouting Personnel" which every Commissioner should know.
THE FARM HARNESS SHOP-RURAL POWER PLANT.
THIS FORM TO BE FILLED IN BY COMMISSIONER
(It is to be used as an aid in the selection of a Boy Leader from a group of five)*
Present position if any (Check the one that fits)
( ) Asst. Cubmaster ( ) Asst. Scoutmaster ( ) Mate ( ) Cubmaster ( ) Scoutmaster ( ) Skipper
In present position ... Years... Months Results : Good.... Average.... Poor.... Position to be filled..................