Serving as a Unit Commissioner and Roundtable Commissioner, the Internet Advancement approach to logging Camping and Service hours has lost the audience to which it is intended. Scoutbook was the best approach to recording these data points from a parent, Scout and leader perspective. The removal of this capability, though technologically necessary from BSA’s perspective, was poorly executed and poorly thought out. In my opinion, BSA Development Team missed very important steps in implementing a change like that, USER FEEDBACK and BETA TESTING.
A comfort level was developed by the end users of Scoutbook for this capability. Based on first hand knowledge, unit leaders no longer care about Internet Advancement 2.0. They do not have time to bounce around from tool-to-tool recording all this information just for the benefit of BSA reporting. Most of the leaders I have spoke to within our Council either record the camping and service hours in the Scouts handbook only or totally ignore recording the information at all.
If this is what is happening throughout units in BSA, then there is a likelihood the reporting for camping and service hours is no longer accurate. From my perspective, no Scout will be delayed in rank due to the unit not properly reporting in Internet Advancement system. Therefore the level of urgency to report this is of no interest to the unit leaders. I would suspect if BSA wants to have better reporting for camping and service hours, the urgency would be on National to resolve this issue. Otherwise don’t expect proper reporting in the Internet Advancement tool. To me it is worthless and brings little value to the leaders as opposed to Scoutbook
Lesson to learn - Avoid making decisions in a vacuum.
Just my two cents worth…
Chip Powell, PMP, ITIL, CISSP
Council VP of Programs
Pee Dee Area Council (552)