The Commissioner Concept
The commissioner is the liaison between the local council and Scouting units. The commissioner is successful when units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting to their members. Specifically, a commissioner:
- Builds relationships as a "friend to the unit", getting to know the people and character of the leadership team.
- Provides connections to other units, district, council and national resources.
- Informs with up.to.date news from the district, council and national organization.
- Ensures all leaders are trained.
- Offers friendly and timely assitance when challenges arise.
- Is a resource for you!
Journey to Excellence
“Journey to Excellence” is the new performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units. It replaces the Centennial Quality Awards Program and the Unit Success Award as a means of encouraging excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.
The program runs on a calendar year (January 1st – December 31st). This form should be turned in to your Unit Commissioner or the Scout service center by Dec. 31 or as directed by your Council.
There are different scorecards for each unit type and units score points in numerous categories.
Units can complete either hard.copy forms or download an Excel spreadsheet. Your unit commissioner can provide you with more information about the “Journey to Excellence” award, or you can download forms and spreadsheets from the Denver Area Council's Scouting Forms page.
Any units that earn at least the Bronze level will earn free badges of rank in the Denver Area Council.
Denver Area Council Forms
If it is a piece of paper you can get from our office, you can download it here.
Commissioner Leadership Team
Work #: 303.795.9754
Cell #: 303.886.8450
Scott Markowitz, Arapahoe District
Cell #: 303.877.0916
Russ Larson, Centennial District
Home #: 303.699.6066
Tim Brackett, Frontier District
Cell #: 720.201.3589
Jason Pettis, Gateway District
Cell #: 720.515.5793
Gary Sanders, Pioneer Trails District
Cell #: 303.514.2227
Steve Yexley, Timberline District
Cell #: 303.506.9210
Mike Zopes, Valley District
Cell #: 720.341.6821
Assistant Council Commissioners
Barb Quatermass, Administration and Training
Cell #: 720.299.1300
Joyce Saitta, Leadership Education & Assistance Programs
Home #: 720.940.5050
Royd Despain, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint Relationships
Phone #: 303.932.1972
Scott Johnson, Scoutbook Champion
Home #: 303.989.5572
Joy Hawkins, Roundtable
Phone #: 720.989.7567
Dori Hammer, Special Needs
Home #: 303.904.8058
Kent Knight, Venturing
Home #: 303.755.8032
Michael Cottrell, Youth Protection
Phone #: 303.423.9418
Mark Zoller, Information & Communications
Phone #: 303.912.9106
Jerry Benson-Montgomery, Council STEM Lab Guide
Home #: 720.685.7949