Links to Online Advancement Information (also available for download via the grid at the bottom of this page)
Scoutbook Advancement Will Sync to ScoutNET
We are currently rolling out the Scoutbook Advancement Record Sync with ScoutNet to troops. When your troop is approved by the system to activate the sync, the Scoutbook Unit Admins for your unit will be notified and given instructions. It will be a few weeks before all troops are turned on.
NOTE: The sync must be activated for your troop by a currently registered Key 3 member who is also setup in Scoutbook as a unit administrator. Often the key 3 member is not familiar with Scoutbook so it may be advisable for another Scoutbook unit admin to work closely with the Key 3 member who is going through the steps to activate the sync for your troop. Once the troop is activated in the sync, any unit administrator can conduct Scoutbook administrative tasks going forward.
We are still in Quality Assurance testing for the pack rollout. It will be a few weeks before we begin rollout with the packs.
Here are some things you can do to prepare your unit to be ready for the sync:
- Make sure all Scouts on the roster are registered in the unit and have their current BSA Member ID in their profile. A unit key 3 member (Unit Leader, Chartered Organization Representative or unit Committee Chair) can go to Member Manager at http://my.scouting.org and download a unit roster which has the member ID and registered name for each Scout. NOTE: For the membership ID to be accepted by Scoutbook, the Scout's First Name or Last Name must be exactly as it appears in the first name or last name field in your council's system. If you have problems, please contact your council registrar and ask them which name is in which field.
- Make sure there are no duplicate Scouts on your roster in Scoutbook.
- The person who will be setting your unit up for the sync must be: a unit key 3 member (Unit Leader, Chartered Organization Representative or unit Committee Chair) and a Scoutbook Unit Admin. They will need to verify their My.ScoutingTools login credentials so they should check that they can log in at http://my.scouting.org and they are listed as a key 3 member.
- Make sure there are at least 3 Scoutbook unit admins in your unit, and that they have logged into Scoutbook at least once.
Looking for Help?
We have user guides, many written by volunteers, located here: http://bit.ly/scoutbook
Do you have a question or comment? The best place to post it is on the Scoutbook Forums. We have volunteers monitoring the forums daily. The Scoutbook forum can be found at this link: https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/forums
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.