Commissioners are district volunteer leaders who help Scouting units succeed. They coach and consult with adult volunteer leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America. They also oversee the unit charter renewal plan so that each unit re-registers on time with an optimum number of youth and adult members.
Your Iron Horse District Commissioner Staff
District Commissioner: Craig Aman - Troop 142, Troop 603
Assistant District Commissioners
Al Boudreaux - East, Troop 51, Crew 2
Shannon Goldman - Roundtable, Troop 178, Crew 178
Raymond Westphal - Administration
Gary Griffin - Frisco Stake
Corey Neddo - Shawnee Trail Stake
Scott Beadle - West, Post 1900
Ryan Nebeker - Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Leah Bartlett - Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Alex Balboa - Assistant Roundtable Commissioner - BS
Stephen Longoria - Assistant Roundtable Commissioner - BS
Chris Alleman - Troop 621, Troop 2187
Bill Strait - Troop 289, Troop 365, Troop 4018
Christine Saville - Pack 178, Pack 902, Pack 920
Ann Boudreaux - Troop 416
Rob Brodner - Pack 142, Pack 754, Pack 970
Michael Morris - Pack 12, Crew 33, Troop 77
Tammie Slay - Pack 187, 621, 2187, 4187, 5187, 6187, 7187, 8187, 8710, 9187
Brian Zollinger - Troop 187, 5187, 7187
Hal Kendrick - Troop 6187, 9187
Jeremy Curtis - Troop 4187, 8187, 8710
Leah Bartlett - Pack 130, 623, 1187, 1188, 1300, 1313, 2188, 3188, 6287
Clint Tennill - Troop 216, Troop 298, Crew 2298
Wendi Beadle - Pack 1260, Pack 1290, Troop 1260
Frank Valentinetti - Pack 197, Pack 282, Pack 298
John Hamer - Pack 290, Pack 806, Pack 975
Monica Kuhn - Pack 289, Pack 380, Pack 1902
Olivia Ogren-Hrejsa - Pack 278, Pack 443, Pack 946
Ken Bean - Pack 296, Troop 296, Crew 296
John Gann - Troop 130, Troop 1300, Troop 1313
Sean Duffy - Troop 623, Troop 1187
Jon Schaak - Troop 1188, Troop 2188, Troop 3188
Kevin Brandvold - Troop 6287
Roles the Commissioner Plays
A commissioner plays several roles, including friend, representative, unit “doctor,” teacher, and counselor.
The commissioner is a friend of the unit. Of all their roles, this one is the most important. It springs from the attitude, “I care; I am here to help; what can I do for you?” Caring is the ingredient that makes commissioner service successful. He or she is an advocate of unit needs. A commissioner who makes himself known and accepted now will be called on in future times of trouble.
The commissioner is a representative. The average unit leader is totally occupied in working with kids. Some have little if any contact with the Boy Scouts of America other than a commissioner’s visit to their meeting. To them, the commissioner may be the BSA. The commissioner helps represent the ideals, the principles, and the policies of the Scouting movement.
The commissioner is a unit “doctor.” In their role as “doctor,” they know that prevention is better than a cure, so they try to see that their units make good “health practices” a way of life. When problems arise, and they will even in the best unit, they act quickly. They observe symptoms, diagnose the real ailment, prescribe a remedy, and follow up on the patient.
The commissioner is a teacher. As a commissioner, they will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the growth of unit leaders by sharing knowledge with them. They teach not just in an academic environment, but where it counts most—as an immediate response to a need to know. That is the best adult learning situation since the lesson is instantly reinforced by practical application of the new knowledge.
The commissioner is a counselor. As a Scouting counselor, they will help units solve their own problems. Counseling is the best role when unit leaders don’t recognize a problem and where solutions are not clear-cut. Everyone needs counseling from time to time, even experienced leaders.
Commissioners are appointed by the district commissioner with the approval of the council executive board.
- Have excellent people skills
- Have a Scouting background or be fast-track learners
- Know and practice Scouting ideals
Roundtable commissioners should:
- Be congenial and enthusiastic performers
- Have the ability to recruit a roundtable staff
- Have a good Scouting program background in the program for which they will run roundtables
- Be a good planner