If this is really by intent, I will likely ask my DLs to never use this tool. I agree with the comment above that standardization is great for engineering and business, not for Scouting.
First, many of the adventures have different options among the requirements. Does standardization mean that the options favored will become requirements, while the less favored options fade away?
Our pack did lots of requirements for elective adventures at summer camp. So, we don’t need meetings to cover those requirements - usually. If I were to backdate that meeting, can I put it into the 20th century, so it doesn’t clutter up the calendar with fake meetings that never happened? I frequently find myself looking back at the calendar and attendance recorded in Scoutbook to make sure we haven’t missed giving a Scout credit for something that was done.
One of my den leaders used the tool, and it polluted the Scoutbook calendar with a bunch of Lion den meetings. Fortunately, this was before the current state, and I was able to delete the events in the Scoutbook calendar. If it were to happen now, I would probably stop using the Scoutbook calendar altogether and just set up a Google calendar. What’s the point of pushing people to do that?
DLE set up a Lion den meeting to do the Protect Yourself Rules Adventure. That’s a great thing to do, but we don’t have Internet access in our meeting space. This is something that is best done at home. As CM, I encouraged every parent in our pack to do this adventure with their child at home over the summer. To set the example, I did the Wolf version with my daughter on June 15, the day after she finished first grade. The bottom line is that our Lion den will never do this during a den meeting, because there is no Internet access. Since it is an elective adventure for Lions and will not even progress them toward their rank, why is it there in the first place?
Our pack is chartered by a Catholic church, but Scouts practicing Catholicism are in the minority. We have a wide variety of both Christian and non-Christian Scouts. The way in which these Scouts understand their relationships with God and how their faith mirrors the Scout Oath and Law varies greatly. For this reason, we regard all the Duty to God adventures as something that the Scout should do at home. While doing them during den meetings would expose the Scouts to the diversity of different faiths being practiced - and that would be a good thing we are giving up - it also would eat up lots of time and perhaps be confusing to younger Scouts.
Where appropriate, we encourage our Scouts to earn the religious emblems of their faith. In some cases, this is impossible, because there is no religious emblem for the Scout’s faith. This is true of my daughter. These emblems require varying levels of time and work from the Scout to complete. There are also some faiths that have two emblems a Cub Scout may earn and others that have only one. A Catholic Scout who earned Light of Christ as a Tiger may not do so again as a Wolf. A Catholic Wolf who didn’t earn Light of Christ as a Tiger or joined as a Wolf may earn the emblem. So, some Scouts may complete the Duty to God adventure requirement by earning the emblem, and others may not. Therefore, those who may not need to do another optional requirement to compete the adventure. It is hard to see how this can be standardized within den meeting plans.
I encourage anyone reading this who has influence over how the Den Leader Experience is being developed to take into account how different situations are from one pack to another. Not every den will fit into the box with the shape the DLE is developing. Dens come in all different shapes and sizes.
Standardization also discourages Scouts from advancing at their own pace. In our pack, if a Scout completes his or her rank a month earlier than the rest of the den, the Scout is recognized right away. I’ve seen posts in this forum from Cub Scouters who gave out all the badges of rank at the May pack meeting, when the entire den is finished, and I disagree with that. One Scout being recognized earlier than the others serves mostly to inspire and encourage the rest, not make them feel left out. That’s how we use the advancement method in our pack.
The ability to delete standardized den meetings and even to edit components of them is crucial to the usefulness of the DLE. One can create a very good Lion den meeting while satisfying Fun on the Run requirement 1 and On Your Mark requirement 2. The circumstances may call for this. If the meetings cannot be edited to do this, why would someone tie their own hands by using DLE at all?