Great Trail Council

College of Commissioner Science

Great Trail Council


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Kent United Church of Christ

(map below)

1400 East Main Street

Kent, OH 44240

Joe Mako, Chancellor


Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Participant $25.00

Staff $15.00

After October 31, 2018 $30.00

All of the curriculum for this year’s college are completely new or rewritten courses that are now more aligned with current commissioner service functions. These courses include the integration of Commissioner Tools and place more emphasis on the five commissioner objectives.

Plan to join us for a new and exciting

Commissioner College

Prerequisite: Basic Commissioner Training. You may access this training online at

Anyone from any council is welcome to this college put on by Great Trail.

Degree Requirements and reciprocity agreement.

You may register for one of the following four college tracks: Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate I and II, and Continuing Education. Check here to see the prerequisites and requirements for each degree. Also there is information on earning the Doctor of Commissioner Science Knot award.

Course Schedule and faculty

The schedule of times and faculty can be seen here when ready.

The Bachelor Program

Dean Mark Messerly, Great Trail Council (

The Bachelor Program consists of courses that will augment commissioner basic training. Basic training should be completed before beginning the bachelor program. The courses cover some of the same topics but they are all covered more in depth and with more student interaction. All courses are newly revised in 2018.

Courses Offered (see course descriptions)

102 Supporting Timely Charter Renewal

103 Linking District Resources

104 Contacting Units

107 Journey to Excellence

109 The Essential Element (A Servant's Heart)

116 Collaborative Assessments

117 Commissioner & Unit Key 3

The Master Program

The Master Program offers more advanced courses. These courses will be most beneficial to an experienced or an administrative commissioner. Again many of the topics are familiar but are explained in more detail with more student interaction. All courses are newly revised in 2018.


Stephanie Rickets, Lake Erie Council (

Bill Lovell, Great Trail Council (

Courses Offered (see course descriptions)

302 On Time Charter Renewal

304 Commissioner Service for Units at Risk

306 Mentoring Skills

313 Onboarding New Commissioners

314 Commissioners and the Professional

316 Developing the Unit Service Plan

358 Roundtable and Solving Unit Problems

The Doctorate Program

The Doctorate Program consists of the courses required to write an approved thesis or complete an approved project. In addition, there are some advanced courses available for the very experienced commissioner. All courses are newly revised in 2018.

Dean David Rice, Great Trail Council (

Courses Offered (see course descriptions)

501 Selecting Your Project or Thesis Topic

502 Limiting the Scope of the Topic

503 Developing Your Project or Thesis

504 Project Thesis Open Workshop Forum

Presentation of Doctoral Thesis by Joe Moss

The Continuing Education Program

The Continuing Education curriculum was created to encourage those with a doctorate to continue to learn new topics, and for those who hold a master degree but do not aspire to complete their doctorate. Courses 707, 713 and 720 are newly revised in 2018. The Venturing courses are older national courses that are locally revised to reflect the major Venturing program shift taken in 2014.

Dean Steven Myers, Great Trail Council (

This year the Great Trail College of Commissioner science will offer seven courses in the continuing education division, four of which will focus on the Venturing Program. The Venturing Program is now in its 21st year, having originally been part of the Exploring Program until 1998. Did you know that in 2014, Venturing underwent a major revision to its program and is now organized around the four pillars of ALPS, namely Adventure, Leadership Development, Personal Growth and Service. If you or your Crews Advisors have not been trained since late 2014, they may be missing out on much of the richness of the Venturing Program. The four course concentration will be built on revisions of courses shown below. All have been revised since 2015 and each will be updated to give you the best current information.

Why a Concentration in Venturing

The Venturing program is not similar to programs offered by Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, or Exploring. It has its own rules and flows that an experienced Scouter may not recognize the good and these courses are a must for District Commissioners, all Unit Commissioners with Venturing Crews, and those who offer training to new unit commissioners.

Courses Offered (see course descriptions for 707, 713 and 720)

707 Becoming a Project/Thesis Advisor

713 Advancement for Scouts With Special Needs:

720 A Commissioner's Introduction to Valuing Diversity

Venturing and the commissioner focus:

(see course descriptions for 121, 124, 128, and 308)

121 Introduction to Venturing for Commissioners (post 2014 revision)

124 Venturing Crew Visits and Contacts (post 2014 revision)

128 Crew Officer Training and the Annual Planning Process (post 2014 revision)

308 Venturing and the Commissioner (post 2014 revision)

For basic information see "Where can i learn about Venturing" from the Central Region Venturing Membership Project.