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Starting in 2012, The Voice of the Scout program will capture the experiences of our members and volunteers during a 10-week survey period in both the spring and fall. Surveys will be sent to leaders, chartered organization representatives, parents of Scouts, and Scouts over age 14. To receive a survey, someone in the Scouting household must have email information on file in the BSA ScoutNET system. The information will be aggregated and displayed at unit, district, council, area, and region levels on a new VOS dashboard available to council employees and board-level volunteers.
Our main role as commissioners will be similar to our role in JTE, to communicate and promote the use of Voice of the Scout to unit leadership. The unit Key 3 (chartered organization representative, unit leader, and committee chair) should encourage and inform parents about the importance of the Voice of the Scout survey and encourage them to complete it. Consider the impact it could have: the unit leader will have the opportunity to make changes in the program before it’s "too late.” Small adjustments now can avoid major overhauls later. It won’t be a mandatory part of JTE in 2012, but it will be in 2013. And besides, who wants to wait to have a better unit?
Additional VOS information is available from this overview info sheet and presentation from National. Also, please download and review this presentation from Northeast Region Area 6 on improving VOS metrics.