I think our biggest issue isn’t attendance as far the scouts being present in the stands, it’s the issue that they would rather be on their phones or watching the match, rather than taking the small step to recording the data for a certain robot. Engagement is the most difficult for our team. When I have a good team in the stands, I can leave for their whole shift and I know for a fact they scouted all data accurately and any confusion or issues was sorted out between them.
Then we have some scouts who neglect their duties and don’t see the importance, as much as I try to praise and thank them for the hard work and data collecting. I wish I could pull it all up and make them understand how important it really is at 11pm on those fridays at comp.
That being said, most of the time I can visually see my teams in the stands with me, and see their attentiveness to their duty. We used to use a google form and, back when scouting was optional, give a reward to the most dedicated scouter.