Being a Commissioner is much more than sewing on a Patch and taking the training. The fun part of being a Commissioner is drinking Coffee and telling stories. Within Unit Commissioner Training one of the items you get to be is a person who is not only a friend to a unit, but there as a First Responder. As the CPR graphic shows, you call for help. You start support. You deliver advanced care and then you help restore the patient back to life.
Tonight was just that. Advanced Care. Even though I have reached out many many times via email and phone calls, tonight was the first face to face. Historically within the District the Commissioner Corp has not visited many units. For awhile, that is ok, but the health of a unit can turn quickly on you.
Working with the District Director of the District is vital. I got the tools I needed to make this happen tonight. The unit know what it needs and is getting it done. Support from the Troop has been offered.
When I came to the District about six or seven years ago as the District Training Chair, I had no real clue what was going on. I know what I wanted done and I have learned a lot since then. I have rotated through Cubscout Commissioner and Ast Council Commissioner and now District Commissioner. The CSRT was easy compared to this. Had I been told that I would be going out and meeting with units and performing CPR to keep it alive I would not have believed you. It is rewarding.
My goal when I was a Cubmaster was to make sure that Scouts had Fun. That they kept coming to meetings and outings because it was fun. If it was not fun, then they left. I left as a Wolf Cubscout because I was not having fun. Just think if someone cared enough to keep those putting on the program at the unit level fun. Being a District Commissioner, it is my job to help ensure that the Pack is going and the fun continues.
I will not see the end result or the rewards of what happened tonight. But, I know the fun will continue and they will learn skills needed. I am also grateful of the person who stepped up tonight to be the Committee Chair. He kept saying, “whatever you need, here to help.”
Now, I have a story to tell when I drink coffee around the campfire. That is reward enough for me.