Implementing the New-Unit Process

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Our process for starting and sustaining high-performing quality units calls upon the assets of Scouting’s membership and unit service functions. (See the Unit Performance Guide.) Implementation requires a partnership between our membership, unit service, and professional teams, as well as the following five components.

Champions: Both membership and unit service need a volunteer to work with a designated member of the professional staff to lead the implementation effort. Working together, they can ensure that the resources needed for successful implementation are available. 

Assessment: Are the membership, unit service, and professional teams prepared to implement the new-unit process? Is market data available to identify where new units are needed and which groups can be potential charter partners? In what areas do additional volunteers need to be recruited and trained, including those needed to serve as new-unit organizers and newunit commissioners? Are district operating committees prepared to support the initiative?

Plans and Goals: What is the plan and what are the target dates to address the needs identified by the assessment? How many new units will be formed, and where? How many new-unit organizers and new-unit commissioners must be recruited? How many additional unit commissioners must be recruited to enable experienced unit commissioners to be reassigned as new-unit commissioners while maintaining effective service for other units?

Communications: How will membership and unit service communicate, within the district and up and down the council’s organization, regarding implementation progress, formation of new units, and adjustments needed for continued improvement and success? How will accomplishments, both individual and team, be recognized?

Measurement: How will progress be objectively evaluated? Possible measurements could include the number of new units formed, the percentage of new units with new-unit commissioners assigned, JTE scores for new units, and the retention rate for new units, among others.

Once champions have been identified and market analysis data collected, much of the work on assessment, planning, and goal setting can be accomplished in a one-day conference