Thunderbird District

Serving the youth of Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, Central Seattle, South Seattle, Rainier Valley

Commissioners are experienced Scouters who help chartered organizations and unit leaders to achieve the aims of Scouting by using the methods of Scouting. They help to ensure that each unit has strong leadership and they encourage training, promote the use of the unit committee and encourage a relationship with the chartering organization.

For more information, contact the District Commissioner

District Commissioner: Steve Schweyen

Commissioner Assigned units
Steve Schweyen Pack 7 Troop 7
Pack 222 Troop 222
Pack 254 Troop 254
Pack 286 Troop 286
Jason Takamaru Pack 8 Troop 8
Pack 222 Troop 222 
Doug Murdock Pack 9
Pack 15 Troop 15 
Tom Piggott Pack 9 
David Wilson Pack 7
Pack 55
Pack 252 Troop 252
Pack 254 Troop 254 
Dori Ogami Crew 15
Crew 84
Crew 252
Crew 2001
Crew 2084 

 

Become a Commissioner

Interested in helping units in our District succeed? For more information, contact the District Commissioner

Unit commissioners should:

  • Have excellent people skills
  • Have a Scouting background or be fast-track learners
  • Know and practice Scouting ideals

Roles the Commissioner Plays

A commissioner plays several roles, including friend, representative, unit "doctor," teacher, and counselor.

The commissioner is a friend of the unit. Of all their roles, this one is the most important. It springs from the attitude, "I care, I am here to help,what can I do for you?" Caring is the ingredient that makes commissioner service successful. He or she is an advocate of unit needs. A commissioner who makes himself known and accepted now will be called on in future times of trouble.

The commissioner is a representative. The average unit leader is totally occupied in working with kids. Some have little if any contact with the Boy Scouts of America other than a commissioner's visit to their meeting. To them, the commissioner may be the BSA. The commissioner helps represent the ideals, the principles, and the policies of the Scouting movement.

The commissioner is a unit "doctor." In their role as "doctor," they know that prevention is better than a cure, so they try to see that their units make good "health practices" a way of life. When problems arise, and they will even in the best unit, they act quickly. They observe symptoms, diagnose the real ailment, prescribe a remedy, and follow up on the patient.

The commissioner is a teacher. As a commissioner, they will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the growth of unit leaders by sharing knowledge with them. They teach not just in an academic environment, but where it counts most—as an immediate response to a need to know. That is the best adult learning situation since the lesson is instantly reinforced by practical application of the new knowledge.

The commissioner is a counselor. As a Scouting counselor, they will help units solve their own problems. Counseling is the best role when unit leaders don't recognize a problem and where solutions are not clear-cut. Everyone needs counseling from time to time, even experienced leaders.