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Commissioner Resources

This page has many resources useful to commissioners.

Commissioner Position Descriptions

What does a commissioner really do? Here are position descriptions for each of the commissioner positions:

Commissioner Recognition

There are numerous awards that a commissioner can earn.

  • Arrowhead Honor / Commissioner Key
  • Boys' Life Commissioner Award
    • This award recognizes and thanks commissioners who effectively promote the good reading and good Scouting of Boys' Life.
  • Commissioner Service Award of Excellence in Unit Service
    • The Commissioner Service Award of Excellence in Unit Service was developed as a nationwide effort to engage Scouting volunteers and professional Scouters to work together in focusing on unit retention. Any registered commissioner who is providing direct unit service is eligible to earn the Commissioner Award of Excellence in Unit Service.
  • Distinguished Commissioner Service Award
    • This award is presented to commissioners who have served actively as a registered commissioner for at least five years, have completed the commissioner training courses, received the Arrowhead Honor Award, and whose units/district/council has achieved a level of quality through the BSA's Quality Unit/District/Council and/or Journey to Excellence programs.
  • Doctorate of Commissioner Science Knot Award
    • The Doctorate of Commissioner Science Knot Award is available to any currently active commissioner by completing advanced training, recruiting new commissioners and writing a thesis.
  • John Kullman Award
    • This award recognizes the outstanding unit commissioner from the Denver Area Council and is presented at the annual dinner. The outstanding unit commissioner will be selected from among nominations made by the district commissioners as well as members of the council commissioner’s cabinet. Generally, the candidate would have previously achieved the Commissioner Key Award, and the Arrowhead Honor for his/her position, and/or the Distinguished Commissioner Award for his/her position.
  • William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award
    • The William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award is presented to recognize volunteers who organize one or more traditional Scouting units.

College of Commissioner Science

Next Commissioners College will be February 22nd at Denver Area Council Head Quarters. Sign up now and Spread the word!!

Come join commissioners from across the Denver Area Council gather at the College of Commissioner Science to learn how to help units succeed. Commissioners complete course work toward earning their Bachelor's, Masters, or Doctorate of Commissioner Science degree. Commissioners working toward their Doctorate of Commissioner Science degree are also required to complete a thesis or project.

Each commissioner is responsible for maintaining an accurate record of the courses that they hay have completed, as well as milestones from their Scouting career. "Doc" Doolittle developed a presentation regarding this important topic.

The Denver Area Council is proud to share the works of our commissioners who have earned the Doctorate of Commissioner Science degree.

Journey to Excellence

The Boy Scouts of America's national website has presentations, forms and spreadsheets to help your units earn this award.

Please note that the Denver Area Council has developed council-specific versions of the Journey to Excellence forms.  You can access the forms on our Scouting Forms page.


The Denver Area Council is committed to providing quality roundtables to our adult leaders. One method that we use to measure our roundtables is the Roundtable Quality Scorecard.

Youth Protection Training

Please refer all volunteers to the Online Learning Center for Youth Protection Training.

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