True, setting up chairs is not the same as handling the Pack Finances as the Treasurer or being a Den Leader or ADL. All of those resources in our pack are paid and trained adults. This dad sets up chairs and also helps take meeting attendance for his son’s Den meetings so the DL can be fully focused on the 12 scouts running around the giant field at the church. He is not the second registered adult present per requirement (we already have that covered). He is a parent that hangs out and waits so he doesn’t have to drive twice. He has two jobs in the unit, mark den kids present and set up chairs. One of those tasks requires Scoutbook access given the current design, which is why I proposed a different level of access that does not include PII access in my previous note. If the expectation is for him to take YPT training and pay $132 dollars to do the attendance activity on top of the now $180 dollars + pack costs to register his son, he will simply refuse to help the den leader, or worse, he will get in his car and go home, possibly taking his son home with him forever. That helps no one and actively detracts from the program. It is not thrifty and I am struggling to see a material improvement to any Barrier to Abuse mechanism. If you can identify something I’ve not considered, I’m interested in hearing it.
I understand the purpose of registering leaders. Our pack has 12 trained and paid leaders for 52 scouts and their fees are covered as part of the dues that the Pack charges the scouts. We do not ask volunteer adults to pay for the privilege of giving their time to the betterment of scout’s lives. We ask them to get trained and to serve. We have utilized the power of Scoutbook to accomplish those small logistical tasks with ease and to spread the load among the leaders and parents. We will simply have to give up that convenience and go back to the old way, which is hand the dad a clipboard to take attendance and then having a registered leader type them into Scoutbook at a later time (which is not a thrifty use of my registered leaders’ time in my opinion).
The change our Council announced last night on fees added $5720 to our pack expense line based on our existing scout and registered adult profile. That is a 110% increase in our annual budget. I am struggling with the advice on this thread that I go register more adults like this dad who uses access to Scoutbook to help a den leader with attendance while I’m looking at how the unit will generate the money to cover this additional financial burden. We will simply stop asking parents to help in this way, making the burden on our registered leaders higher. Frankly, I’m not sure how much of the unit will be left once these financial numbers hit the families over the coming days so this whole discussion may be moot.