Yes, Happiness is a fresh Charter that is just posted by Council. It means that the unit can continue to deliver the promise of Scouting. It means that the Scouts have have their advancement recorded and then awarded. It also means they are covered by insurance and actually can meet as a unit and go out and have fun.
I am close to wrapping up my first year at District Commissioner of Skyloo District in Cascade Pacific Council. What a year. I have learned so much and I am just getting started.
Re-Charter is just one of the areas that Commissioners are to focus on, but the charter cycle is so encompassing and time consuming. It is that one time of year that a Council will know when units implode, explode or are just fine. Yes, a Unit Commissioner would be the warning system, but when there are only 5-6 Unit Commissioners for 85 units, it’s hard to keep a pulse on the Units. The goals of Commissioner’s are simple.
Skyloo is not unlike many other Districts within Cascade Pacific let alone other Councils nationwide. Looking at the Commissioner Tool reports of other Council’s, there is a lot of work that is either not happening or not being recorded. Our Council is behind in Commissioner Reports, but so is the next largest Council in Western Region Area One. So, I do not feel so bad.
Being a District Commissioner takes vision and organization. It also takes others to help deliver that vision. It is a slow process of finding and recruiting these volunteers and on-boarding them. Working with those who have been a UC for years and even a Ast District Commissioner and District Commissioner is fun and rewarding. One of my Unit Commissioners has been it all. He is logging calls. But just as important and even more so, he is out there being a service to the units.
Skyloo has a long way to go. But, we are getting new Commissioners from the Stakes and community. They are getting trained for their position. And Charters are slowly getting posted. It has been a great year. This next year is going to be even better.
This year also includes going to Philmont Training Center for Commissioner Week in June. I am taking the District Commissioner course. Of which, Council has granted me a gift of paying for the course. It is only getting better!