Can we improve the experience for MB chairpersons and counselors as it relates to connecting a counselor to a scout? The connections approach is very cumbersome, especially if you are trying to connect multiple scouts to a single MB counselor. I know you are aware of the steps but let’s quickly outline it. In every case, you have to go into each individual scout and into their connections. We are going to approach this as I just accessed the Troop page:
- Click on Troop Roster
- Click on the Scout
- Click on Connections
- Check if the Connection exists. If it does:
a. Select the person that will be the MB Counselor
b. Check “Merit Badge Counselor”
c. Select Edit Advancement
d. Check the Merit Badge
e. Click on Update
If it does not:
a. Click on Add
b. Type in the adult’s name in the Search box
c. Click on Search
d. Select the adult
e. Check “Merit Badge Counselor”
f. Select Edit Advancement
g. Click on Invite
This process takes about 20-30 seconds per scout to complete, depending on the performance of Scoutbook and the connection status of the scout.
When you have to do this for 10 scouts, you are taking up to 5 minutes to just update a single MB for a single MB counselor. This is an extremely frustrating experience. Would love to see this improve for the sake of our volunteers. An experience to be able to assign multiple scouts to a MB counselor would be great, like the Quick Entry for advancement. You select a MB, it populates the list of available MB counselors. You have a radial button to choose the MB counselor and then a checkbox of all of the scouts that have the MB open. Then you can choose if the scout already has a MB counselor or not. There are times when the existing MB counselor has left the troop and we need to reassign the counselor for an open MB.
Appreciate your help and consideration.
Asst Scoutmaster, Troop 246