Fair point, @Bill_W.
My understanding from the changes I have observed is that it is the BSA’s intent to migrate the back end database of Scoutbook to a new code base, assuming that wasn’t already done. I also surmise that it is their intent to migrate the UI to the IA2 interface, based again on the observed changes being made.
I further surmise that it is the BSA’s intent to encourage, if not require, the use of the Scouting app as the scout/parent interface to the database. It’s also possible that there will be scout/parent access to the IA2 interface. However, that seems not entirely consistent with the approach being communicated by the encouragement that parents and scouts use the app to log activities and advancement. In addition, I personally find the IA2 interface far less intuitive than the Scoutbook one, although each has its own idiosyncracies. The app also has what seem like off decisions to me. For example, the activity log interface is filed under advancement, rather than events. To me, activities are events, not advancement. Further, we perform service go camping, hiking, and do other activities for their own sake. Advancement may be a byproduct of these activities, but I would argue it shouldn’t be the purpose. That’s more a philosophical argument, though.
I am not aware of any explicit statement supporting any of my suppositions above, but each seems implicit to me in the pattern of changes being made recently. Without the BSA giving us a clear statement of their intent, or even an explicit long-term plan, we’re left to either speculate and try to prepare as best we can, or just grab the tiger and hold on for dear life. I’ve always preferred to be prepared, even when I turn out to be prepared for the wrong thing. :^)