Unit Commissioner Focus for June
The Commissioner Service focus for June consists of assisting your units prepare for their summer programs. Remember: Summer camp programs are key to scout advancement and retention. Also, if your unit has traditionally gone outside of Mecklenburg County Council’s camps, this is a good year to encourage them to reconsider. Both Belk Scout Camp and Camp Grimes continue to go through significant upgrades each year. Check out this year’s programs at http://www.mccscouting.org/Camps.aspx
Move from “myscouting.org” to “my.Scouting.org”
If you don’t already know, BSA is moving from “myscouting.org” to “my.scouting.org.” What a difference that little extra “.” makes. Your User ID and Password are the same. The new design is more dynamic, faster and now supports Internet Explorer 10 and 11. Additional enhancements in this release include:
- The News section has been revamped providing more space to post pertinent and relevant information about my.Scouting Tools, along with other Scouting news.
- Each Tool icon is in a drop down list under the Home button to select rather than a row of large icons after logging in.
- My Dashboard is now comprised of My Profile and My Training details. Address, contact, phone, etc. are in separate editable sections instead of one long section to accommodate and adjust to most mobile screens.
- New My Organization Dashboard tool, located in the drop down list under the unit/district level, contains My Calendar and My Announcements details
- Members’ My Profile and unit/district rosters show a “Trained” icon next to positions to indicate member is position-trained.
- A new “Trained Leaders Report” is available and an icon placed on the Trained Leaders dashboard for printing. This report lists those who are not position-trained, along with additional training needed to be position-trained in the position(s) they currently hold. The report also lists those who are position-trained
Log on and check it out.
Change in Unit Registration Status and Membership Reporting Coming in January
A change in the reporting of membership data on national membership reports will begin effective January 1, 2015. Starting then a unit that has not reregistered by its expiration date will be considered “separated” and immediately dropped from BSA’s membership reporting. There will no longer be what we now call a lapse period for units that do not reregister on time. This is also a change in the way we currently report membership totals. Currently a lapsed unit’s membership continues to be counted for 60 days in council membership totals.
The new definition will begin with units that have an effective date of January 1, 2015. This means that units with a December 31, 2014 expiration date will be included. Volunteers will retain access to MyScouting, MyScouting tools, Internet Rechartering and Internet Advancement for 30 days after their unit has expired and become separated.
A separated unit will have 12 months to reregister as a separated-reregistered unit. Once a separated unit has been reregistered the unit will be included on membership reports starting in the business month the recharter was posted.
Leaving a Mark: Eagle Project Plaques Available
In case you were unaware, BSA has introduced the Eagle Scout Service Project Marker (No. 617492). This $200 black marble plaque displays the Eagle Scout’s name, troop number, city, project date and project descriptions. Best of all, it comes with an initial NESA membership for the Scout whose project it recognizes. A simpler, non-personalized marker, (No. 611429) is also available for $50. This would be a great piece of useful information to pass along to your troop leadership team. They may not be aware. For more products, visit scoutstuff.org.
SAVE THE DATE – Venturing Legacy 2014
Area 5 will be sponsoring the 2nd Annual Venturing fun weekend at Camp Barstow in South Carolina on October 17-19, 2014. Last year this event drew 400+ venturing scouts from across Area 5. This year the plan is for 600+. This will be a special weekend for all crews that are able to attend. There will be more on this in the future. This is just the first “Save the Date” notice.
Journey to Excellence
MCC has received its “Annual Performance Review” from our Southern Region leadership team. Two areas of focus for the Commissioner Service were our “Units per Commissioner Ratio” (Silver Status) and our number of “Units Visited Six or More Times” (Gold Status)
Our “Units to Commissioner Ratio” for 2013 was 3.5 which is a slight decline over 2012 and slightly worse than the Area 5 average. The five year trend line is shown below (left). I would note that over the past two years we have worked had to “clean up” our Commissioner Roster and remove Commissioners who were registered in the role but not performing the role. This has impacted our “Commissioner/Unit Ratio” but our roster today is much stronger and reflective of active service than in the past. In any case, Commissioner Recruitment is a key priority for us in 2014.
Our “Units Visited Six or More Times” tells a much better story. As you can see from the chart below (right), we have steadily improved our reported visits by significant gains in each of the past three years. This metric shows that our Commissioners are more fully engaged than before and/or that they are getting accustomed to entering their visits into UVTS on a regular basis. Kudos to all the Commissioners that made this happen!
THE COMMISSIONER’S TOOLBOX:
COMING SOON TO A COUNCIL NEAR YOU!
At the BSA National Meeting last month I was able to preview the new “Commissioner’s Toolbox” which should be released sometime in late Fall of this year. The toolbox will be an integrated set of online tools that will assist with developing Unit Services Plans, conducting Unit Assessments, and logging unit contacts. The new toolbox will replace UVTS. The new application is easy to use and very powerful. I think you are all going to like it. Stay tuned for more about this in the future.
Join your units at Summer Camp this year.
It’s great fun and a serious “unit visit”