Youth Advancement Sync Reminder
We are migrating advancement off the database behind Internet Advancement and will be making Scoutbook database the database of record for advancement data. This first step is making sure the current data that is in Internet Advancement reflects what is in Scoutbook and visa-versa. This gives you the opportunity to see what is in the permanent record and to make any necessary changes from Scoutbook to your Scouts’ permanent record. This is of real long term benefit to the Scouts.
Starting January 1, 2018 units with active Scoutbook subscriptions will only be able to approve advancements for Scouts who are in the advancement sync. If you have not activated your unit and Scout within the unit, you will not be able to approve advancements for that Scout. For more information and instructions, go to the forum thread here: http://bit.ly/syncadv
A Look at What We are Working On and What is Planned
We are frequently asked what we are working on. Well, now that we have the advancement sync in place and we are one more step closer to separating from ScoutNet, Here is a list of major items in store for Scoutbook that do not include bug fixes. Realize unforeseen changes in BSA programs and other factors may change priorities as we go along. This list is not necessarily in chronological order.
- Bringing in all the BSA youth awards to Scoutbook
- Updating Scoutbook to support the Boy Scout 2018 advancement changes
- Improve reporting
- Improve migration of Scouts between Dens/Patrols and Units.
- Improve the Merit Badge Counselor list support and functionality
- Single Sign On between Scoutbook and other BSA Applications
- Continue work on Venturing support
- Enable Sea Scouting Subscriptions
- JTE Support
- Enable Exploring Subscriptions
- Forums revision
- Prepare for Family Scouting
- Improve Calendaring and Event support
- Improve membership handling
An updated IT Blueprint and Timeline can be found here: http://bit.ly/BSAITimeline
Scout App (Be A Scout)
An app for Scouts and Parents to use that works on-line and off-line and interfaces with Scoutbook data. App is available on iOS and Android devices. Initial release will contain the following:
---- Scout and Parent access
---- View profile
---- Track advancement progress
---- Update hiking, service, and camping logs
---- View unit events
---- Access based on registration
As mentioned above, Scoutbook database will be the database of record for advancement data. In preparation, Internet Advancement will be retired and replaced in 2018 by a system named “Scoutbook Lite.” Scoutbook Lite will have the major features of Internet Advancement. Units will be able to hand enter data into the system like they do with Internet Advancement today. There are no current plans of supporting a file upload of data to Scoutbook Lite.
Updated Support for Nova Awards
The Webelos Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award has been updated with the new requirements that become mandatory on January 1, 2018. On a Webelos Awards page you will now see entries for both the 2015 and 2018 versions of the award.
The Dr. Bernard Harris and Thomas Edison Supernova Awards have been added to the Boy Scout Award page.
The Boy Scout Nova Let It Grow Award is now supported by Scoutbook and has been added to the Boy Scout Award page. Other NOVA awards have been updated to reflect current requirements.
New History Reports sheds light on a Scout’s trail
One thing most Scoutbook Admins are asked to produce is advancement reports for scouts, particularly when a scout is working on becoming an Eagle Scout, or needs to show requirements for a rank or merit badge. Previously, an admin would run the advancement report and hand it to the scout – which was a bit cryptic for most to follow. In the earlier days, this report sometimes didn’t even work, so many admins stopped using it all together.
Scoutbook has stepped in and greatly improved their reporting capabilities to help the admins AND the scouts pull the reports in an easy to follow format. The report is called Scout History Report and is found just under the Individual Advancement Record report in the Reports menu on the Scout’s page in Scoutbook.
This report will show what is recorded in Scoutbook (and Internet Advancement, for those units who are linked) for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. This takes the guess work out of a lot of questions, such as when did a Boy Scout earn his first rank – even back to Cub Scouts.
This includes only the items which are on file on Scoutbook, or ranks from Cub Scouts from Internet Advancement in synched units – so if your scout is a Boy Scout but didn’t have a Scoutbook account as a Cub, only the dates they earned ranks will be present.