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The Commissioner's College exists to
improve the Commissioner Service in a Council. It is our objective to
provide education and training that allows our Commissioners to provide the
highest level of unit service possible. To get the most out of the College,
it is important for you to understand how the College is organized.
The Commissioners College is
organized around one hour long segments which are referred to as classes.
Typically there will be five to seven such segments in a day. Related
segments are grouped together into tracks. All the classes held in one room
during one day are referred to as a track. Typically there will be five to
eight tracks on a given day. Students may move freely between tracks to meet
their individual training objectives.
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For new Commissioners, the most
important thing to know is that there are two tracks which are devoted to
getting you trained and functioning as soon as possible. One of these tracks
is directed at the new Commissioner and results in the completion of
Commissioner's Basic Training. The other track is for Roundtable
Commissioners. It results in the completion of Roundtable Commissioner Basic
with some additional courses thrown in.
The other tracks are devoted to
training for more experienced Commissioners. Typically these will be tracks
devoted to Unit Commissioners, Administrative Commissioners, Advanced
Topics, and preparing people for Doctoral work. Other subjects are added as
requested and required.
All courses are numbered and named.
Like most colleges, introductory courses have lower numbers. Our courses
also have letter designators which show the level they are most appropriate
to. BCS courses are primarily designed for people at the Bachelors level.
MCS for Masters level. DCS for Doctoral level.
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Commissioner's College degrees are
designed to help insure that you develop a comprehensive training plan for
yourself. Associates Degrees are essentially augmented Basic Training.
Bachelors Degrees focus on additional material which could prove useful to
the Commissioner in their role of providing direct service to the Scouting
Community. The Masters is designed to better prepare the Commissioner to be
of assistance to his fellow Commissioners as an Administrator or Mentor. The
Doctoral Degree should be sought by those who want to move the Commissioner
Service to a higher level by first understanding deeply how the service is
supposed to work and second training others in what they have learned. See
An Associates Degree can be
essentially earned by attending once and doing a small number of outside
activities. Most people need to attend the College at least twice to earn a
Bachelors. Most Masters candidates have attended at least three Colleges.
Most Doctoral candidates have attended four or more. Credit is freely given
for courses, experience and
achieved outside the formal classroom setting. Our objective in granting
degrees is to recognize those who have achieved a certain level of knowledge
and experience. We are not particularly concerned about the path taken to
that level, except to insure that the required knowledge has been attained.
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core of courses that is always offered by
the College, various courses are rotated in and out of the curriculum to
allow us to offer the complete set of nationally designed courses as well as
a selection of locally designed courses tailored to meet the needs of our
attendees. There is almost always something new being offered.