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Commissioner Science Program
College of Commissioner Science Degree Requirements 
Degree Prerequisites and Criteria
 
The Prerequisites, Course Requirements and Performance criteria are listed for each of the three degrees. Since a Thesis or Project is required for the Doctorate Degree, the thesis or project criteria are provided after the Doctorate Degree requirement page. 
 
NOTE: A person may participate in the college training without having the prerequisites, but no degree will be awarded until all of the requirements are met. It is up to the student to notify the Dean of the College with the necessary proof of completion to be credited with the appropriate degree. 
 
Bachelor of Commissioner Science Degree (BCS) 
 
A. Prerequisites 
1. Current registration as a Commissioner 
2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate 
3. Complete Commissioner Orientation if new to Commissioner Service. 
(See the Commissioner Training on the National BSA website for recommendations.) 
4. Complete Commissioner Basic Training listed on the Commissioner Training page. 
 
B. Course Requirements 
1. Complete a minimum of seven courses of instruction 
2. Five must be from the Bachelor Degree level training 
 
C. Commissioner Performance 
1. Approval of Council Commissioner, or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner 
2. Approval of Council Scout Executive or Council Staff Adviser for Commissioner Service 
 
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Bachelor's Degree Courses 
 
BCS 104
Contacting Units
This course examines the Commissioners’ primary role as a friend to the unit, helping the unit succeed. At the core of unit service and the most basic task is the unit contact. This is where the unit can experience the caring and support that the commissioner offers.
 
BCS 106
Commissioner Priorities
Commissioner service involves four focus areas.  This course examines each and helps a commissioner in establishing priorities for their service to their assigned units.
 
BCS 110
Commissioner Style
A Commissioner's style, how they provide service, is as important as what they do in the service process. This course will increase the Commissioners' knowledge of strategies to use when working with their units.
 
DOC 609 / BCS 114
The Commissioner and The Professional
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Doctoral Studies Program as DOC 609.
Both commissioners and professionals share responsibility for build­ing good working relationships in Scouting. This course outlines the skills needed to work effectively with your profes­sional.
This course includes the material from the syllabus for the course designated as BCS 114 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Bachelors courses as well as the material from the syllabus for the course designated as DCS 514 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Doctorate courses. Participants will only receive credit for one course.
 
BCS 116
Collaborative Assessments
This course reviews the how-to needed to conduct an Action Planning Meeting with a Unit using the Unit Self-Assessment Tool.
 
BCS 117
Selecting Quality Leaders
Recruitment of a new leader for our units is often a challenging process.  This course shares with Commissioners some strategies to support asking the "just right" leader for the position in their unit.
 
BCS 119
Webelos-Scout Transition
This course will provide Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can assist their units in seamless transitioning of Webelos into Boy Scouts.
 
CED 209 / BCS 129
Emphasizing Duty to God 
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Continuing Education Program as CED 209.
Scouting teaches boys to do their duty to God through program delivery, special observances, and partnerships with various faith-based organizations, because the Boy Scouts of America believes in an obligation to God, and Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, believed that religion is a key component of the movement. The purpose of this course is to explain how and why Scouting encourages boys to be reverent - and how leaders and Commissioners can help units enhance the Reverent aspects of their programs.
This course is designated as BCS 129 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Bachelors courses.
 
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Bachelors-level Roundtable Courses 
 
BCS 150
Roundtables in Commissioner Service
The course discusses how Roundtable is to help units succeed by providing useful program ideas, information on policy and current information on Council and District events and training opportunities
 
BCS 151
The Roundtable Commissioner Team
During this course we will review the duties and responsibilities of the Roundtable Commissioner Team.  We will do this by looking at the individual responsibilities of each member of the Roundtable Commissioner Team.
 
BCS 152
Using the Roundtable Program Guide
During this presentation we review the Roundtable Planning Guides for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts to include Varsity Teams and the Venturing Monthly Program Forum.  We will do this by looking at the Roundtable Guides for each program and understand the parts and pieces of each.  We will also cover the importance of using the Planning Guides.
 
BCS 153
Promoting Roundtables
Without proper and consistent promotion, you may find yourself frustrated at the lack of participation in your District and Council.  A quality and consistent Roundtable and a strong marketing campaign will attract and retain participants over time and impact their overall ability to lead their Scouting Units.
 
BCS 154
Cub Scout Roundtable
Cub Scout Roundtable is a form of Commissioner Service and supplemental training for volunteers at the Unit level.  The objectives of Roundtable are to provide Cub Scout leaders with program ideas, information on policy and events, and training opportunities.  It is a forum for sharing experiences and enjoying fun and fellowship with other Cub Scout leaders.
 
BCS 155
Boy Scout Roundtable
The objectives of Roundtables are to provide leaders with program ideas, information on policy and events, and training opportunities.  It is a forum for sharing experiences and enjoying fun and fellowship with other Boy Scout leaders. When skillfully executed, the Roundtable experience with inspire, motivate, and enable Unit leaders to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.
 
BCS 156
Recruiting, Training and Recognizing the Roundtable Team
Potential Roundtable staff members are everywhere -- all you need to do is look. In recruiting your Roundtable Staff, be sure to look for people who are creative and innovative, and who have a "can do" attitude. Roundtable Commissioners and Assistants should all be trained so they will be fully qualified to present material and teach skills at Roundtables in an interesting way.  All Roundtable Commissioners are eligible to work toward Commissioner Service awards.
 
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Master of Commissioner Science Degree (MCS) 
 
A. Prerequisites 
1. Current registration as a Commissioner 
2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate 
3. Bachelor of Commissioner Science Degree or Earned Commissioner Key 
4. The Commissioner Arrowhead Honor 
 
B. Course Requirements 
1. Complete a minimum of seven additional courses of instruction (total 14), at least five (5) of the courses at the Master Degree program level. 
 
C. Commissioner Performance 
1. Approval of Council Commissioner, or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner 
2. Approval of Council Scout Executive or Council Staff Adviser for Commissioner Service. 
 
 
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Master's Degree Courses
 
MCS 302
Unit and Council Finance
This class provides an overview of the unit budget plan, who pays for Scouting at all levels from the unit to National, successful unit money-earning projects, and how to help units with special financial needs. 
 
MCS 304
Commissioner Lifesaving II
This is an in-depth discussion dealing with the typical unit "hurry cases".  A Commissioner's ability to recognize these issues, and prioritize them will support unit success.
 
MCS 306
Counseling Skills
Commissioners need to develop their counseling skills, to be used to support a unit when the need for an answer or a solution is not immediate.  The course will give the Commissioner considerations to use when counseling unit leaders.
 
MCS 309
Good Commissioners Need Both Head and Heart
This course includes great reflections for experienced commissioners. Each participant will take home thought-provoking tips and anecdotes.
 
MCS 311
All About ADCs
The Assistant District Commissioner carries a vision of effective Scouting and must communicate that vision through Unit Commissioners to every unit leader they serve.  This course ensures that those who fill this position know their importance in ensuring each unit receives the best service possible.
 
MCS 317
How to Remove a Volunteer
As a Commissioner, you should be prepared to help guide volunteers with how to remove a volunteer.  This session will focus on the ineffective volunteer, the person who just isn't working out.
 
MCS 318
Top 10 Ways to Ensure Good Commissioner Service
Today everyone has their top 10 list. In this class, the group will explore a list of priorities to guarantee good commissioner service.
 
CED 199 / MCS 322
Advanced Special Needs Scouting
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Continuing Education Program as CED 199.
Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has Special Needs (disAbilities). This course will provide Leaders and Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can provide a program which provides these youth with the Scouting opportunities to succeed. This course is more of a Disability Awareness for Scouters and what to look for when a Scout with Special Needs may look into your unit.  This course is for all Scouters not just Commissioners.  
This course is designated as MCS 322 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Masters courses. 
 
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Masters-level Roundtable Courses

 
MCS 401
Breakouts during Roundtables
During this session we'll take a specific theme and walk through the process and create small group breakouts.
 
MCS 402
Program Launch and other Big Programs during Roundtable
During this session we'll look at how to establish a process for program launch and special events at your Roundtable.  Included will be establishing timelines for planning & promotion, identifying volunteer needs, and physical space and materials for the event.
 
MCS 403
Recording Contacts from Roundtable Discussions
Roundtable Commissioners are often the Commissioner that a Unit Leader sees most often.  This session helps those Commissioners in using Commissioner Tools to create Unit contacts that will be supportive to the Unit Commissioner in serving the Unit.
 
MCS 404
Keeping the Spark in Boy Scout Roundtable
Troop leaders often come to Roundtable over many years. This session will discuss how to plan and implement a program to ensure that the needs of all troop leadership is addressed.
 
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Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree (DCS)
 
 
NOTE: Earning the Doctor of Commissioner Science Degree does not automatically qualify you to receive the Doctorate of Commissioner Service Knot Award.
A. Prerequisites
1. Current registration as a Commissioner
2. Current BSA Youth Protection Training certificate
3. Master of Commissioner Science Degree
4. Awarded the Commissioner Key
 
B. Course Requirements
1. Complete a minimum of ten additional courses of instruction for a total of twenty-four
2. At least five of the twenty-four must be from the Doctorate Degree level training.
3. Courses may not have previously been counted toward other college degrees.
 
C. Thesis or Project
1. This can be on any topic related to Commissioner Service.
2. The topic must be pre-approved by the Dean of the College, the Dean of Doctoral studies, and/or the Doctoral Review Committee.
3. Complete the thesis or project using the approved format as determined by the college.
 
D. The completed thesis or project must be approved by the Doctoral Review Committee (See page 16). If a review committee is not used, at a minimum the Council Commissioner and the College Dean need to make the approval.
 
E. Commissioner Performance
1. Serve for at least one year on the College of Commissioner Science Staff (instructor or support staff), or work with training support for commissioners for at least one year
2. Approval of the Dean of the College, or Staff Adviser for Commissioner Service
3. Approval of Council Commissioner, or assigned Assistant Council Commissioner
4. Approval of your Council Scout Executive or Council Staff Adviser for Commissioner Service.
 
 
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Doctoral Degree Courses

DOC 604A
Selecting and Researching the Thesis Topic
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Doctoral Studies Program as DOC 604A.
Selecting the Research topic and defining the issue or problem.  Researching the issue and methods of presentations.  An explanation of the various methods required to prepare, research, write and present the Doctoral paper.
This course includes the material from the syllabi for the courses designated as DCS 501 and DCS 502 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Doctorate courses. Participants will only receive credit for one course.
 
DOC 605A
Developing Outline and Thesis
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Doctoral Studies Program as DOC 605A.
How to develop an outline of a thesis/project and use it to structure your doctoral paper.  Course covers the elements of a useful thesis/project.  
This course is designated as DCS 503 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Doctorate courses.
 
DOC 606
Thesis Project Workshop
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Doctoral Studies Program as DOC 606.
A panel of scouters who have their Doctorates will discuss their thesis/project challenges and solutions.  This course is for those who would like to hear from experts about their thesis/project ideas, research, the process, and what they would do differently.  This is an opportunity to hear from and ask questions with people who have completed their Doctorates.  
This course is designated as DCS 504 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Doctorate courses.
 
DOC 608
Administering Commissioner Lifesaving
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Doctoral Studies Program as DOC 608.
Administrative Commissioners are taught to give leadership to a Commissioner lifesaving concept.  This course provides choices in selecting the lifesaving team approach.   
This course is designated as DCS 508 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Doctorate courses.
 
DOC 609 / BCS 114
The Commissioner and the Professional
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Doctoral Studies Program as DOC 609.
Learn more about the relationship between the Commissioner and the Professional. How can they work closely together to reach a common goal of providing quality service to units?  
This course includes the material from the syllabus for the course designated as BCS 114 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Bachelors courses as well as the material from the syllabus for the course designated as DCS 514 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Doctorate courses. Participants will only receive credit for one course.
 
DOC 612  
Being a Thesis Project Advisor
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Doctoral Studies Program as DOC 612.
Prepares a person holding a Doctorate to become a thesis/project advisor.  Provides specific procedures and techniques to make the task easier.  Helps provide common standards for the acceptance of a Doctoral thesis/project paper.  
Pre-requisite: Have earned your Doctorate at the BAC's University of Scouting and be recommended by the Doctoral faculty for the position of Doctoral Advisor. Students successfully completing this course may be invited to become a Doctoral Advisor that day.
This course is designated as DCS 505 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Doctorate courses.
 
DOC 614
Doctoral Counseling
A counseling session with a Doctoral Advisor on topic selection, research and thesis preparation, and the application procedure. This session is offered several times throughout the day but you only need to take it once.  
THIS IS A NON-CREDIT COURSE.
 
DOC 615
District & Council Journey to Excellence
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Doctoral Studies Program as DOC 615.
Learn about the elements of the District and Council Journey to Excellence and what it takes to ensure success in every area.  Identify the key categories of performance for Journey to Excellence; how the Commissioner staff affects Journey to Excellence performance; resources to help improve Journey to Excellence performance. 
This course is designated as DCS 515 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Doctorate courses.
 
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Commissioner Science Program
Continuing Education Courses
 
CED 182
Scouting and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Continuing Education Program as CED 182.
This class is for participants who would like to understand LDS implementation of the Boy Scout Program.  A brief overview of the history of Scouting in the Church and in-depth information on how Scouting is implemented to complement its youth program. Information to help understand differences from other chartered organizations and the strengths and challenges of LDS Scouting.
This course is designated as CED 710 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum for Continuing Education.
 
CED 714
Special Needs Scouting: ADHD
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Continuing Education Program as CED 714.
This course will identify the characteristics of ADHD and a number of useful tips that leaders can apply.  It is important for leaders to be aware of this incidence and strategies they can use that will help facilitate a successful Scouting experience for these youth (not to mention their contemporaries and the adult leadership!).
This course is designated as CED 714 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum for Continuing Education. 
 
CED 715
Autism: Does this boy fit our unit? Do we fit this boy?
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Continuing Education Program as CED 715.
How to do a proper intake on a person with Autism to ensure success! We will review some of the behaviors, triggers and repairs to be considered when bringing in a new scout into your unit. You will get helpful hints as well as a sample intake form to use while interviewing a scouting candidate as well as to train all your leaders to be able to work successfully with these young people!  
This course is designated as CED 715 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum for Continuing Education.
 
CED 801
What is a Disabled Scout - How to Register Them - How to Help them Advance   NEW THIS YEAR!
This course is offered in the BAC UoS Continuing Education Program as CED 801.
This course will give an explanation on what is a Disabled Scout via the guidelines of BSA.  It will also go over the forms and recommended procedures of filing the correct forms. This course will go over how to get a Scout with Specials Needs to advancement properly.  It will highlight what should be done with a scout and his advancements.  The discussion will include the different types of units that are available. (The material in this course was previously presented at the BAC UoS in two separate courses, CED 151 and CED 163.)
This two-session course includes the material from the syllabus for the course designated as BCS 118 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Bachelors courses as well as the material from the syllabus for the course designated as CED 713 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum for Continuing Education.  Participants will receive credit for two hours of coursework which is the equivalent of these two courses.
 
 
This page updated 12/4/2017