Before this summer, you could see training status of adult leaders in Scoutbook, on their profile pages. It was an easy-to-understand indicator that gave instant and valuable feedback on one’s training status.
I would like something like this brought back. Losing that indicator impedes access to info that is important to program quality and safety. Now it takes many more clicks (UX friction) or intervention of the training chair to dredge up this information. Also, the removal of such a useful and valuable indicator frustrates BSA’s ethic that all Scouts deserve trained leaders.
I am aware of the summer 2019 change to remove deprecated training-related features from Scoutbook. I am not asking for a reversion to the prior state or debating that decision.
I am only asking for re-implementation of some kind of training indicators. How I expect them to work is if you visit the leader’s profile:
- Indicator displays, showing whether YPT
- (only if you’re looking at your own profile) Indicator links to the YPT page at https://my.scouting.org/dashboard-legacy (accessed by selecting My Training from the menu–the URL doesn’t change). This page is kludgy, so it is a placeholder until some better page is built.
Position-specific training, for each position that one’s Scoutbook membership says one is in and for which BSA has online training tracks:
- Show percent complete of training.
- If not complete, show alert that training needs completion.
On roster views, a compact indicator by leaders that, at a glance, indicates YPT status and completion for any positions displayed by the leader’s name.
For example, if I am looking at a pack or den roster and see this:
…I would see three compact indicators, one each for:
- CS19 Den Leader Training
- CS19 Cubmaster Training
An alternative is, in the roster view, a small “Trained” patch to replace the position-specific position training indicators. That is, the leader will get a “Trained” patch by the name if training is completed for all assigned positions. I still recommend that YPT has its own indicator as YPT is mandatory. That is unlike the rest, which while recommended, is not mandatory.
As mentioned above, I am not trying to debate the broader change from this summer. I can be on board with leaving the training reports at my.scouting.org. The UI of those reports is poor, but that’s a matter for a different topic.