Questions and Answers

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What is the status on enhancements to the current unit online chartering renewal? How will this impact maintaining the lapsed unit option?

One of the drivers for the acquisition of cloud-based Scoutbook early this year was the desire to utilize this unit management application for enhancing online registration and the renewal of charters and membership registration. During the course of the next 18 months, the BSA will continue to scale Scoutbook so that it will be capable of handling the millions of potential youth, leader, and parent users. Just in the past six months the number of Scoutbook users has increased from 200,000 to more than 400,000. Other features will continue to be rolled out that ultimately will lead to the release of the registration renewal feature, which will be conducted through Scoutbook. Providing units a two-month extension to renew their charters, referred to as lapsed unit status, continues to be an option that many councils wish to maintain. This option will be revisited on a regular basis going forward to identify solutions that best meet the needs of all stakeholders.

Will Commissioner Tools have the ability to print out a Unit Service Plan?

A subsequent version of Commissioner Tools will have the ability to print out a Unit Service Plan based on the data that is collected during the Collaborative Assessment with the unit Key 3 and the unit commissioner. The development team will be getting the specifications for this very soon and it will be submitted for development.

How often is the Upcoming Commissioner Colleges section on the website updated?

It is updated every time the newsletter is published. Deadlines for submission of information are September 1, January 1, and April 1. Send information to Please include council name and city, date, time, location, contact information, and a link to a website or a PDF flier with details.