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Five Trails Commissioners

Commissioners are district volunteer leaders who help Scouting units succeed. We are looking for some good Comissioners!

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Commissioners 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.


2019 District Commissioner Staff

Asst. District Commissioner - Coppell: Jenny Quonoey
Asst. District Commissioner - Irving: Michael Schreiber
Asst. District Commissioner - Venturing: Erik Kirby Junge
Asst. District Commissioner - Online Tools: Antony Binu Joseph
Roundtable Commissioner - Cub Scouts: Kathy Whitgrove
Roundtable Commissioner - Boy Scouts / Venturing: Terry Smith
Unit Commissioners - Unit P850, T841: Kevin Lindbloom
Unit Commissioners - Unit P771: Chelsea B. Markovic
Unit Commissioners - Unit P846, P873: Jenny Quonoey
Unit Commissioners - Unit T807: Mark Ronck
Unit Commissioners - Unit P770, T770: Melissa Schreiber
Unit Commissioners - Unit P841: Alex Schroeder
Unit Commissioners - Unit P820: Dean Smith
Unit Commissioners - Unit P847, P849: Tom Snawder
Unit Commissioners - Unit P551, P826, P1772: Blaine Whitgrove
Unit Commissioners - Unit P101, P160, P175: Gary Willett
Unit Commissioners - Unit T840, T842, T844: Chris Wilt


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.


Commissioners should:

  • 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


New for 2019 - Commissioner Hat Program:

Speak to your District Commissioner about the Council Commissioner Staff Hat program. The program is open to all registered commissioners!