Commissioner Training

Badge of Office

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.

Resource: Requirements for Commissioner Badge of Office


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.

Resource: Commissioning requirements, including basic training

Arrowhead Honor

The Arrowhead Honor recognizes proficiency in the contemporary tools and techniques commissioners use to provide effective unit service.

Resource: Arrowhead Honor Requirements and Progress Records

Commissioner's Key

The Commissioner’s Key encourages and recognizes continuing training, performance, and tenure by commissioners.

Resource: Commissioner's Key Requirements and Progress Records

Commissioner Colleges