Commissioner Service

Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult 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 reregisters on time with an optimum number of youth and adult members.

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.

How Are Commissioners Selected?

Selection process and criteria vary depending on the position.

Unit Commissioners are appointed by the district commissioner with the approval of the council executive board.

Unit commissioners should—

  • Have excellent people skills
  • Have a Scouting background or be fast-track learners
  • Know and practice Scouting ideals

Assistant District Commissioners are appointed by the district commissioner with the approval of the council executive board.

Assistant district commissioners should—

  • Be able to recruit and work through a team of unit commissioners.
  • Have excellent people skills
  • Have a broad Scouting background or be fast-track learners
  • Know and practice Scouting ideals

Roundtable Commissioners are appointed by the district commissioner with the approval of the council executive board.

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

District Commissioners are approved and appointed by the council executive board, with the concurrence of the Scout executive, on the recommendation of the district nominating committee.

District commissioners should—

  • Be widely respected in the community
  • Be an enthusiastic leader of adults
  • Have the ability to recruit a complete team of commissioners for their districts
  • Have the ability to guide and motivate commissioners to visit units regularly, identify unit needs, and help unit adults to meet needs
  • Be a role model of Scouting ideals

Assistant Council Commissioners are appointed by the council commissioner with the approval of the council executive board.

  • Assistant council commissioners should have some of the criteria for district commissioners and/or council commissioners.

A Council Commissioner is elected at the annual meeting of the local council after selection by the council nominating committee.

The council commissioner should—

  • Have the ability and proven experience to lead and meet objectives through a large structure of other people
  • Become a role model of exceptional Scouting service to units throughout the council
  • Be a person with a vision of how a good unit program helps youth stay in the program long enough to learn Scouting values
  • Have the ability to develop a good working relationship with the Scout executive and professional staff advisor, characterized by mutual trust, mutual respect, and mutual recognition of each other's role and competency

Commissioners must not be registered simultaneously as unit leaders. Some commissioners may be registered on a unit committee because they have a son in the unit or because of previous personal history in the unit, but their principle Scouting obligation should be with commissioner responsibilities. Commissioners may be currently registered in only one commissioner position.

See the Commissioner Fieldbook and Commissioner Administration for more details on commissioner criteria and responsibilities.

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Commissioner Staff

Hockanum River Commissioner Staff

  • District Commissioner -- Warren Cyr
  • Assistant District Commissioner -- James Michaud
    • Empty Position
  • Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner -- Kevin Norige
    • Cub Scout Roundtable Staff -- Sharon Rakoczy
      • Cub Scout Roundtable Staff -- Mike Clark
    • Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner -- Randy Olson
      • Boy Scout Roundtable Staff -- Robert Alexander
    • Unit Commissioner -- Jim Bancroft
    • Unit Commissioner -- Lynwood Haskell
    • Unit Commissioner -- Warrene Haskell
    • Unit Commissioner -- David Icaza
    • Unit Commissioner -- Scott Kelley
    • Unit Commissioner -- Patricia Michaud
    • Unit Commissioner -- Andy Powell
    • Unit Commissioner -- Daniel Holmes

Mad River Commissioner Staff

  • District Commissioner -- Timothy Wells- 203-723-8677
    • Assistant District Commissioner -- Ric Polselli- 203-228-2812
    • Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner -- Seth Delpha- 203-444-9875
    • Unit Commissioner -- Wayne Malenda- 203-723-8711
    • Unit Commissioner -- John Shove- 203-206-4774
    • Unit Commissioner -- Lisa Baldwin- 203-575-0228
    • Unit Commissioner -- Richard DiFederico
    • Unit Commissioner -- Barbara Peck- 860-283-4777
    • Unit Commissioner -- Diane Gore- 860-589-1428
    • Unit Commissioner -- Linda Spencer- 203-881-3774
    • Unit Commissioner -- John DiMaria
    • Unit Commissioner -- Marcy LoVetro- 203-574-2688
    • Unit Commissioner -- Robert Thatcher- 203-272-2877
    • Unit Commissioner -- Mark Altieri

Mark Twain Commissioner Staff

  • District Commissioner -- Robert Teitelman
    • Unit Commissioner, Avon -- Thomas Transue
    • Assistant District Commissioner, Bristol -- Gerald Lee
      • Unit Commissioner -- Carlos Soto
      • Unit Commissioner -- Catherine Weiss
      • Unit Commissioner -- Ron Miller
    • Assistant District Commissioner, Farmington -- Vacant
      • Unit Commissioner -- Peaches Miller
      • Unit Commissioner -- Charles Bashaw
    • Assistant District Commissioner, Newington -- Vacant
    • Unit Commissioner, Rocky Hill -- Norm Noel
    • Assistant District Commissioner, Plainville -- Mitchell Underwood
      • Unit Commissioner -- John Potter
    • Assistant District Commissioner, West Hartford -- Phil Cohen
      • Unit Commissioner -- Robert Teitelman
    • Wethersfield
      • Unit Commissioner, Wethersfield -- Frank Tomaro
      • Unit Commissioner -- Arthur Bruce
      • Unit Commissioner -- Ken Zagaja
    • Assistant District Commissioner, Unassigned
      • Unit Commissioner -- Thomas Bartolotta
      • Unit Commissioner -- Chris Hoffman
      • Unit Commissioner -- Steve Tabara
      • Unit Commissioner -- Steve Berian
  • Staff Advisor

Matianuck Commissioner Staff

  • District Commissioner -- Steve Porcaro
    • Assistant District Commissioner -- Don Clark
    • Assistant District Commissioner -- Gary Burke
    • Unit Commissioner -- Jason Armistead
    • Unit Commissioner -- David Amidon
    • Unit Commissioner -- Don Eaton
    • Unit Commissioner -- Bryan Williams
    • Unit Commissioner -- Chuck Hoadley
    • Unit Commissioner -- Michael Gron
    • Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner -- Christopher Bulat
    • Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner -- Michael Clark

Mattabesett Trail Commissioner Staff

  • District Commissioner -- Gus McGrath
    • Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner -- Thomas Jump
      • Boy Scout Roundtable Staff -- Michael Rutty
    • Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner -- Lianne Rutty
    • Unit Commissioner
      • Unit Commissioner -- Nick Iaccarino
      • Unit Commissioner -- Thomas Jump
      • Unit Commissioner -- Annette Kowalczyk
      • Unit Commissioner -- Gus McGrath
      • Unit Commissioner -- Robert Olenick
      • Unit Commissioner -- Michael Rutty
      • Unit Commissioner -- Wayne Rutty
      • Unit Commissioner -- Felix A Torres Jr
      • Unit Commissioner -- Wayne Gilbert
      • Unit Commissioner -- Tom Ceniglio

Mohegan Commissioner Staff

  • District Commissioner -- Mike Buechel

    • Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner -- Jo Cobble
    • Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner -- Ann Marie Jakubielski
    • Assistant Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner -- Dawn Berger-Debrodt
    • Venturing Roundtable Commissioner -- William Gombos
    • Assistant District Commissioner -- Marie Perrin
    • Unit Commissioner -- Bill Phillips
    • Unit Commissioner -- Steven Godfrey
    • Unit Commissioner -- Wanda Redfield
    • Unit Commissioner -- Ronald Jean
    • Unit Commissioner -- Robert Godfrey
    • Unit Commissioner -- Robert Peck

Nipmuck Commissioner Staff

  • District Commissioner -- Scott Garafano- Windham, CT - 401-529-1454
    • Assistant District Commissioner -- Tom Sinkewicz- Plainfield, CT - 860-420-7090
      • Unit Commissioner -- Kenneth Useted- Canterbury, CT - 860-546-2105
      • Unit Commissioner -- John Hattayer- Plainfield, CT - 860-608-4949
      • Unit Commissioner -- Diane Gaucher- Putnam, CT - 860-928-6381
      • Unit Commissioner -- Kevin Brody- Woodstock, CT - 860-928-5777
      • Unit Commissioner -- Jane Sipila- Brooklyn, CT - 860-779-3295
      • Unit Commissioner -- Mark Brodeur
      • Unit Commissioner -- George Wm Sipila
      • Unit Commissioner -- Roland Gaucher
    • Assistant District Commissioner -- Jeffrey Myshrall- Tolland, CT - 860-205-3490
      • Unit Commissioner -- Daniel Belanger- Eastford, CT - 860-924-1994
      • Unit Commissioner -- Al Eichorn
      • Unit Commissioner -- Earl Bradford Jr- Willimantic, CT - 860-456-2659
      • Unit Commissioner -- Brian Lambert
      • Unit Commissioner -- Jeffrey Myshrall- Tolland, CT - 860-205-3490
      • Unit Commissioner -- Thomas Garafano
    • Assistant District Commissioner
      • Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner -- Eugene Goss- Central Village, CT - 860-303-0205
      • Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
    • District Executive -- Charles Copeland- East Hartford, CT - 860-688-3366

      Northwest Hills Commissioner Staff

      • District Commissioner -- John Norcross- 860-354-3892
      • Assistant District Commissioner -- Christopher Start
      • Unit Commissioner -- Roger Donna- 860-496-9194
      • Assistant District Commissioner -- Robert (Sandy) Rhoades- 860-824-7651
      • Assistant District Commissioner -- Joseph Marques
      • Assistant District Commissioner -- Geoffrey Ice- 203-264-8467
      • Unit Commissioner -- Ronald Porell
      • Assistant District Commissioner -- Joseph Brady
      • Unit Commissioner -- Jennifer Merrill-Pecora- 860-482-6226
      • Unit Commissioner -- Robert Howard- 860-966-4925


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