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Council Commissioner
Ed Yarbrough

Operation: Get Back to Gold 



   In this season of challenges for Scouting, the NCAC commissioner team has remained strong, growing when all around the country commissioner strength is down. We are recognized for our excellence, but as the year draws to a close we have a chance to help NCAC do its best in its performance through the Journey to Excellence process.

   The commissioners can give direct leadership to attain Gold in
three areas: unit retention, member retention, and commissioner
to unit ratio. Unit retention is already something to be proud of
for NCAC – 76%, a monumental achievement! – and is already
at the JTE Gold standard for excellence. We are also a national
leader in retaining Scouts. This year’s recharter efforts should
be aimed at retaining even more Scouts and units.

   We are also making strides in commissioner recruiting. At the time of this writing, we are only 16 commissioners away from reaching the JTE Gold standard for the ratio of commissioners to units served.

   Please make every effort to bring a friend into commissioners and get everyone properly registered. Every assistant district commissioner who also directly serves units should verify they are registered as Unit Commissioners so we get full credit nationally for your service.


Recharter Season Is in Full Swing

    All 1,600+ units representing 50,000+ Scouts and 20,000 leaders are busy rechartering from November through February. We completely revamped the Recharter Handbook and every commissioner should make sure there’s a new handbook in every packet for units to use.


    We do have new leader codes in the handbook but since it printed there are already more new positions in Scouting. Online registration is available (but not payments) through and the Key Three leaders in every unit can access their unit rosters and training records through their unit dashboards on, a powerful new tool that makes most relevant unit information accessible and workable by the units. The nationally maintained Unit Charter Renewal System has some functions that may not be as up to date, and remember that every youth application needs proper signatures, and every adult application needs signatures, consent form, and a Youth Protection Trained certificate.




Journey To Excellence – 2013 to 2014


   The Journey to Excellence process is about to end for units and districts for 2013 and gearing up for 2014. As commissioners finish recharters, it is an ideal time for commissioners to visit with units, get the 2013 forms completed and turned in to the districts for safe keeping and tallying overall district scores. It’s also the perfect time to discuss with a unit what goals they want to set for 2014 JTE goals. The 2014 goals have changed for districts and units, so go to to take a good look as commissioners so you can advise your units. District JTE results form needs to be submitted to the council commissioner by February 21 so we can honor district achievements at the upcoming Council Court of Honor in April 2014.


   Districts should advise units to keep a copy of their JTE forms year over year to track results and progress, and unit forms are to be turned in an retained at the district level – NCAC only needs to know each unit’s level of achievement. Make it a celebration to honor a unit’s JTE achievements at Blue and Golds, troop courts of honor or crew events – there are patches and ribbons at the Scout Shop for all levels of 2013 JTE achievement. Information on JTE is available for all levels of Scouting at


Wow! There Are Commissioners in the Virgin Islands!


   As we have the great fortune of expanding NCAC’s outreach to serve more youth, the two Virgin Island Districts now have their own District Commissioners – Leroy Claxton of St. Thomas and Dylan Smith of St. Croix. In the coming year, we will assist them in growing, learning, and serving the Scouts and units of St. Thomas and St. Croix. Now if the Council Commissioner can finagle a visit there, life would be even better!


2014 Commissioner Conference Scheduled for March 8


   Commissioners are familiar with the College of Commissioner Science, an advanced annual training event that brings our NCAC commissioner staff together for a day of education and networking. This year, by request for a little variety in the format,we’re doing something different, focusing on just a few major topics that commissioners will be entrusted in the coming new Scouting year. We will have a keynote speaker, several larger plenary sessions on key topics, and have a big celebration that we are calling a Commissioner Court of Honor for all of our commissioners who have attained milestones in their careers of service, advanced training, and recognitions of their dedication. So mark your calendars for 8 March. We’ll be at Our Saviors Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn VA for this exciting event. ACC for Commissioner Conference Susan Grunin is lending her excellent leadership to this year’s event once again. Look for more information early into the New Year.


New Commissioner and Scouting Positions


Since the National Meeting, several new positions have emerged in Scouting. The most important for commissioners is that the old position of roundtable staff has become a new, more appropriately named position called assistant roundtable commissioner, and it has its own registration code. They report to each district’s assistant district commissioner – roundtable (itself a name change), and are the same level and standing in the commissioner team as unit commissioners. Roundtable commissioner teams are free to visit units to encourage roundtable participation by units. Information and resources for this new commissioner position is located at Two other important new positions unveiled this year are the unit membership chairman, charged with the important task of building and retaining membership in every type of Scouting unit, and the unit religious emblems awards coordinator. Information and resources for the unit membership chairman are found at and information on the Unit Religious Emblems Awards Coordinator is here:








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