I'm a huge believer in the idea that improving unit programs is one of the best things we can do to grow Scouting. Good programs grow and attract more Scouts.
I do think the BSA could set a little higher bar for Scouters. Require basic training for example. But, I don't see that creating an audit or accreditation process for units would be well received or have the desired results. Who would conduct these? Would the be subjective or objective? What would happen if a unit didn't implement the findings?
Before we jump to a solution, I think we have to understand why it's happening in the first place. My belief is that the reason we are seeing some of the unit stories we are is because of the growing isolation of units. The decline of the district concept is causing units to operate more and more in a vacuum. In that vacuum some units thrive - but others falter.
As I've thought through the problem, I think solving the lack of a solid support structure for units is the first step. So, rather that create some new bureaucracy to audit Scouters & units, I think the BSA would be better served by focusing on developing working district teams. Bring back roundtable, bring back local training, bring back district advancement teams that support unit advancement, etc. Create a real commissioner corps that serves as the conduit for information between the district/council & the unit. Instead of relying on District Executives to be the front line for Scouting - develop that in a Commissioner staff again.
I'm not at all against ScoutBook. I used BSA online advancement for years, and ScoutBook is a good replacement. I'm glad adult leaders can use ScoutBook to directly enter into BSA's official records. I'm glad parents to can see reports from it. I use the Individual Advancement Report all the time.
I am against my son using it as a regular tool for his advancement. I want his experience to be a face-to-face, social interaction. Learning how to interact and accomplish goals when dealing with people and their quirks.
ScoutBook has turned out fine for adult leaders and parents. I question it's use with the scouts though. With them, I'd strongly encourage the book and paper and a pencil and a pen.
Those stories are great. I saw one about a guy that completed eagle and then promptly went off to WWII. Something like 10 years ago he finally received his medal. I've told a few scouts these stories because they think there's a time limit on that because they mostly have been fighting with time limits to get everything done in time.