Commissioner Tools Undergo Final Testing Before Fall Launch

Earlier this year, we announced the development of Commissioner Tools, a set of resources within MyScouting that will replace the Unit Visit Tracking System.

The following 16 councils are currently testing these Commissioner Tools, with the assistance of 67 individual testers who have a broad range of experience and computer skills:

  • Atlanta Area Council
  • Capitol Area Council
  • Chester County Council
  • Cradle of Liberty Council
  • Crossroads of America Council
  • Garden State Council
  • Great Salt Lake Council
  • Greater Niagara Frontier Council
  • Los Padres Council
  • Mason-Dixon Council
  • National Capital Area Council
  • New Birth of Freedom Council
  • Southeast Louisiana Council
  • Stonewall Jackson Area Council
  • Theodore Roosevelt Council
  • Western Los Angeles County Council

As you prepare your council to adopt Commissioner Tools, please take time to review the FAQs and Pre-Adoption Checklist. Additional information, including a training PowerPoint, can be found at

If you have additional questions or comments about the Commissioner Tools, please contact

5 Responses to Commissioner Tools Undergo Final Testing Before Fall Launch

  1. Mike says:

    It is going to take a serious amount of work to get most commissioners to even consider using these systems thanks to the damage caused by UVTS.
    I am not aware of any commissioner who actually uses it – and now, nobody wants to use it. We all use spreadsheets and local systems to track our visits.
    Hopefully these tools will actually help the commissioners to work more effectively :)

  2. Janet says:

    Mike I fear you may be correct. Attempts to get a wide spread use of the recording contacts in UVTS by Commissioner staff has been difficult. Now adding a 7-page unit self assessment is going to be a hard sell.
    We can only wait and see.

  3. Rick Hillenbrand says:

    Mike: I’m sorry that your experience with UVTS has been so bad; I’ll admit that UVTS had it’s share of “bumps in the road” but a lot has happened since I was first introduced to UVTS in 2007. (Did you know that UVTS came out about a month or two after the iPhone 1? My point being that so much has happened technologically in the intervening 7 years. While I wouldn’t say “nobody” is using UVTS (there were over 14,000 visits logged last month nation-wide), we do realize that the user experience when the Commissioner Tools first goes live is critical; hence the 7 rounds of User Acceptance Testing with nearly 70 commissioners from across the country, which we will soon follow with over a dozen pilot councils who will make sure of our design before we deploy the Commissioner Tools to everyone.

    If you haven’t had a chance to look at the Commissioner Tools materials posted on the national web site, let me draw your attention to the web page: . We try to keep that page updated as new information becomes available; in fact we have two new documents ready to upload right now.

    More importantly from a Commissioner Tools perspective, is that it is NOT a system for counting unit contacts – instead it is intended to be a computerized aide that makes your job as a commissioner easier and more effective.

    Rick Hillenbrand
    National Commissioner Support Staff

  4. Howard D says:

    Updates and improvements were surely needed, but I will never get a multi-page assessment report completed by unit commissioners. Rural network access was hard enough for UVTS entries.

  5. BOB LYNCH says:

    Doing a tour plan with your new tools is ridiculous-I sign in at one spot – have to create an account and then it tells me my id # is already used – yea by me!!! How about these people who do these web pages trying them out? We are spending too much money changing things that were working and making it harder for volunteers to fulfill their duties.

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