Links to Online Advancement Information (also available for download via the grid at the bottom of this page)
Scoutbook Advancement Will Now Sync to ScoutNET
A project has been in the works to provide the ability to sync Scoutbook advancement records with ScoutNET. We’re excited to announce that this project is now complete and ready to roll out to units. This means you no longer need to access Internet Advancement for those units currently using Scoutbook!
The rollout will be done weekly to allow us to monitor and control the number of transactions processed during the implementation. We currently have a list of approximately 160 Scoutbook units that have requested to be activated in the first phase. Thereafter, additional Scoutbook units will be activated each week, with the intent of having all Scoutbook units activated by July 25. After this date, all new units that subscribe to Scoutbook will automatically be included in the sync.
Once the National Service Center sets a Scoutbook unit to "active," the unit is eligible to participate. Each unit Key 3 will then receive a notification with documentation on how to set up the unit for the advancement sync. After the initial steps are completed, all youth advancement records will automatically reflect in ScoutNET within 24 hours. Scoutbook units will no longer need to generate a .csv file from Scoutbook and upload it into Internet Advancement.
This is a huge accomplishment in alleviating and simplifying advancement for our unit leaders.
The Requirements for all Cub Scout Ranks have been Changed
Effective November 30, the Boy Scout of America announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders, and Cubmasters. Numerous detail changes have been made in the requirements and electives, and in many cases, the number of requirements needed to complete an Adventure has been reduced. The goal of these changes is to shorten the time required to complete requirements, and thus advance. See this posting and this Q&A for more details. A complete listing of the changes is available for download by clicking here. The major electronic advancement tracking systems, including Scoutbook, and Packmaster, are now being updated to handle the revised requirements. The ScoutTrack system has been updated to include all of the modifications. The BSA will also release insert pages for current Cub Scout handbooks for all ranks to provide listings of all of the new requirements. The next printing of the handbooks will be updated.
Boy Scout Rank Advancement Must Now Use the 2016 Requirements
All Boy Scouts and their leaders should know that as of January 1, 2017, all Boy Scout rank advancement must be based on the 2016 requirements, as published in the current Boy Scout Requirements book. Those pages are also available online by clicking here. The current requirements as printed in the Boy Scout Handbook are available by clicking here. For more details on these requirements and how unit leaders can prepare to effectively support their Scouts’ advancement, click the image below to read or download a PDF presentation. No changes will be made in the rank requirements during 2017.