Commissioner Training

Scouts deserve a Trained leader. Leaders deserve a Trained Commissioner. Commissioners receive progressive recognition as they train and leverage their skillset.

Badge of Office

Commissioners wear a Badge of Office for their role.

The Boy Scouts of America has always been a uniformed body. Its uniforms help to create a sense of belonging. The symbolize character development, leadership development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and commitment. Commissioners’ and professional staff badges of office share a unique design element, the wreath of service, which is a reminder of their shared responsibility for and commitment to unit service.


BSA commissioners and professional staff members share the wreath of service in the design of their badges of office to signify their shared responsibility for providing unit service. They also share something else unique in Scouting: a commission. The issuance of a commission represents the formal empowerment by the BSA to perform the duties and undertake the responsibilities for a designated commissioner position and the acceptance of that obligation by the commissioner.

Once requirements are met, a Commissioning ceremony occurs where the oath of office is taken.

Arrowhead Honor

All Commissioners should pursue the Arrowhead Honor during their first year of service (or right away if that first year has elapsed). The Arrowhead Honor prepares the Commissioner to deliver excellent Unit Service through orientation, training, and specific performance objectives.

Arrowhead Honor requirements vary by role.

Leaders become Trained as part of their work toward the Arrowhead Honor.

Commissioner's Key

Having earned the Arrowhead Honor, the Commissioner continues their training and work to deliver Unit Service. In doing so, they earn the Commissioner's Key.

Commissioner's College

Commissioners make leaps ahead in their capabilities through additional training. As they learn they may earn the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate of Commissioner Science awards.

Commissioner's Colleges and Conferences occur within Pine Tree Council, Daniel Webster Council (NH), Spirit of Adventure Council (MA), and Western Massachusetts Council (MA). These events deliver official BSA Commissioner Courses which count toward Commissioner degrees.

See the National Commissioner College list or the Pine Tree Council calendar for the list of known Commissioner training events.

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