Unit Performance Guide Methodology: The BSA-Approved Strategy for Starting and Sustaining High-Performing Quality Units
Under the new methodology,“No Unit Before Its Time,” there are four pillars (or steps) of new unit organization and retention:
1) Know the Market
2) Make the Call
3) Build the Team
4) Grow the Unit
Other key principles of the methodology include:
Volunteer-driven, professionally guided.
The district executive, new-unit commissioner, and new-unit organizer all work together in the new-unit organization process. Professionals and volunteers partnering together help ensure the proper development of high-performing quality units.
A new-unit commissioner is assigned at the very start of the new-unit organization process.
Once the unit is organized, the commissioner serves the unit for three years to help it become a high-performing unit.
1:1 ratio = 1 new-unit commissioner for 1 new unit
Organize every new (non-LDS) unit with at least 10 youth.
Starting with two dens or patrols or a crew of 10 helps ensure the unit has a good foundation to grow.
Recruit at least five adult unit volunteers.
Properly selected quality volunteers are important to the successful operation and sustainability of the new unit. Note: The chartered organization representative position should be a separate position and not a multiple position.
Develop the Unit Key 3 concept.
The unit leader, committee chair, and chartered organization representative meet monthly. The assigned new-unit commissioner serves as the advisor to the meeting.
Focus on organizing the whole Scouting family.
The whole Scouting family normally includes a pack, a troop, and a crew, all chartered by the same faith-based or community group. It can also include Varsity Scouting and Sea Scouting units as well.
To access the Unit Performance Guide, visit http://www.scouting.org/membership and click on “New Unit Development.” It also is available in PDF format (English, No. 522-025; English/Spanish, No. 522-026); in EPUB file for iPhone, iPad, Nook, and Android devices; and in MOBI file for Kindle.