Questions and Answers
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Q: Will I be able to determine my council JTE scores with
No. Commissioner Tools is a very robust program that was
designed specifically to complement JTE but not replace it. For
now, the council JTE score won’t be calculated by Commissioner
Tools, but we will continue to improve the program and evaluate
the feasibility of including the calculation in future releases.
Q: So what will Commissioner Tools be able to do?
Commissioner Tools is a very robust program that will
provide commissioners a great deal of information about their
units. It is an evolving program with enhancements and improved
reporting capabilities planned for future releases. Commissioner
Tools was designed to aid commissioners in evaluating unit
performance by assessing unit strengths and needs. Through
execution of the Unit Service Plan, commissioners are able to
link district resources with a unit to resolve that unit’s needs
and improve its Journey to Excellence scores. The assessment
used in Commissioners Tools is quantified, which enables the
commissioner to easily track a unit’s progress. Commissioner
Tools also allows for administrative commissioners to easily see
the number of commissioners and registered units in the council
and district. It identifies the commissioners assigned to units as
well as units that do not have commissioners assigned to them.
In addition, the unit contacts entered into Commissioner Tools
is extracted by the BSA Performance Management Group to
determine the council unit visitation rate for JTE. Commissioner
Tools is able to report the number of contacts that each
commissioner is making, but there will not be any report trending
in the initial release.
Q: How does my council go about adopting
There is an abundance of information on the Commissioners
website. Specifically, see the document titled “First Steps to
Adopt Commissioner Tools.”
Q: When will my council get Commissioner Tools?
The decision about when your council will adopt
Commissioner Tools is up to your council commissioner and
Scout executive. It could be as early as November 1, 2014, or
the first of any month thereafter. All councils must have moved
off of UVTS and on to Commissioner Tools no later than March
For more FAQs about Commissioner Tools, visit the
Unit Service Plan and Commissioner Tools page at the
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