DCS Thesis Complete

Doctorate of Commissioner Science KnotSo, I have completed the thesis, which summarizes my 4 year project on analyzing the data from the BSA’s Unit Visit Tracking System. The thesis was reviewed by the doctoral committee, and accepted, and I will be receiving my Doctorate of Commissioner Science at the Central Florida Council College of Commissioner Science, on Saturday, April 5th.

It is a bittersweet thing to complete a project in which you have logged more than 500 hours of work. But, with the new Commissioner Tools launching at the National Annual Meeting in Nashville this May, there is, at the moment, no more need for these tools. So, it was just a good a time to complete my thesis. and knock this off my “to do” list.

If you’d like to read the thesis, you may download it here.

Ten Essentials of Scoutmastership

William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt
William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt

A belief in boys that will make you want to invest yourself and your time on their behalf.

A zeal focused upon one point—the boy’s happiness through his formative years — “A happy boy is a good boy, a good boy is a good citizen.”

An immense faith in Scouting as the program that will best serve to mold our youth into fine men.

A realization that to the boys Scouting is a game — to you, a game with a purpose: Character building and Citizenship training.

A knowledge that to your boys you are Scouting. “What you are speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say!”

A steadfastness of purpose to carry out a planned program with energy and perseverance, patience and good humor.

A willingness to submerge yourself and make boy leaders lead and grow through an effective application of the Patrol Method.

A desire to advance in Scoutmastership by making use of training offered and material available on the subject.

A readiness to work hand in hand with home, church, sponsoring institution, school, Local Council, National Council for the good of the individual boy and the community as a whole.

A love of the outdoors in all its phases and a vision of the hand that created it.