"Peg the Needle" Effort a Success
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The magic performed by Scouters every day is not hard to
measure. We hear stories every week about one success story or
another where Scouting made the difference in the life of a youth
member. In every case, a group of volunteers—often unheralded
and definitely not thanked often enough—is responsible for the
The story is just as true with the commissioner corps, as
demonstrated by the extraordinary response to the effort to "Peg
the Needle" in unit visits following the membership standards
vote at the National Annual Meeting in May. We asked the
commissioner corps to make an extra effort to reach out and
touch units across America, reminding them that the BSA is here
to serve youth and that the commissioner corps is here to serve
the unit. The results were amazing, with a more than 30
percent increase in year-over-year recorded unit visits in
the Unit Visit Tracking System. That is truly extraordinary,
and we want to say thank you.
The commissioner corps lives on the front lines
of ensuring that Scouting units continue to meet the
needs and expectations of our membership. The unit
commissioner, supported by a talented administrative
commissioner corps, works to ensure an effective Scouting
program. We encourage you to stay informed by reviewing
the new support materials, tools, and other resources that are
available on the Membership Standards website.
We acknowledge that it has not always been easy. Our
task requires the very best in all of us as commissioners, and
sometimes a little patience. One challenging aspect of the "Peg
the Needle" effort was that we had delays and outage issues in
posting visits to UVTS. Believe me, we understand the frustration.
The task force took your calls and issues to the senior levels of
the national office within hours of their receipt. We will continue to
work with the national office to improve this situation, but as with
anything involving rapid change, it does not come often or fast
enough. We will continue to work to make the responsibilities of
the commissioner corps as easy and rewarding as possible.
The effort represented by the "Peg the Needle" campaign
needs to continue every week. Whatever the needs of the unit,
we need to identify them and link the resources of the district
to address them. We should be systematic in our approach,
using tried-and-true tools like the unit service plan and selfassessments
and our new training and roundtable materials to
help us identify and meet those needs.
Thank you. Thank you for the many thousands of unit
visits that have been made in the last
several months and for your continuing
efforts to support the delivery of the