Three Major Initiatives for Task Force in 2014
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Spring is here and it is time to serve more youth with our
great program. Spring 2014 heralds three major new initiatives
that are designed to make it easier for every unit-serving
volunteer to more effectively serve local units. The first initiative,
of course, relates to the launch of the Commissioner Tools.
This new Web-based intuitive suite of support products for
our unit and administrative commissioners is designed to
fulfill our promise of support to you and make your volunteer
experience easier and more rewarding. Every aspect of the
tools design was crafted with a view of providing a product
that is streamlined and enhances communications capabilities
with your unit and the district resources supporting your unit.
Simply provide information in the tools interface in whatever
level of detail that the needs of your unit may require,
and you automatically create a self-assessment plan
and communicate the needs of that unit to your
administrative commissioners and district committee
resources. Multiple forms, steps, and processes were
eliminated and instead were incorporated directly into
the tools to make the entire process as easy as using
the tools application itself. The beta testing and launch
is only step one, and with your input, we will continue to
develop and enhance the capabilities of the tools.
Spring also marks the official addition of Rick Hillenbrand
as our new communications chair. Rick brings an impressive
record to the task force, having served as an area and
council commissioner and most recently as a key volunteer
in the development and launch of the Commissioner Tools.
Communications challenges will always be present in a large
volunteer organization, but we can use technology and other
resources to push more support materials to you in any number
of forms. Much of our information is currently distributed in a
“pull” methodology, such as your having to visit the national
website to find the most current edition of The Commissioner.
Rick has been tasked with changing how we deliver information
to you, whether through the tools, social media, or special optin
email distributions that will communicate the latest resources
to help you function more effectively. We will also indirectly offer
to assist the many commissioners who provide supplemental
communications support for the commissioner corps through
such media as LinkedIn or Facebook or whatever the next new
social media program might be.
Finally, this issue features the first contributions by Joe
Domino as our underserved markets chair. Every commissioner
needs to understand and appreciate the many techniques and resources that are available to deliver the Scouting promise
to youth in underserved markets. Joe will work hand in hand
with the BSA’s All Markets Strategy as together we reach out
to serve youth from all kinds of socioeconomic environments.
All kids need and deserve Scouting, but we need to deliver a
program that will successfully meet their needs.