New BETA “Scouting” Mobile App is available now
BSA’s Information Technology Group, along with many volunteer beta testers, are excited to announce a new Mobile App – Scouting. This free app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. You can download the BETA today. Expect to see bugs and issues, that we would like you to report back to us. This is not a perfect production release.
Search for “Scouting BSA” in the APP Store or Google Play and download today!
Scouting is focused on making it easier for youth and their parents to view and track advancement in the Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting programs—as well as youth recognition in the Venturing program.
The app ties to Scoutbook.com and pulls existing advancement data with an enhanced user interface. The offline capability allows parents and youth (13 and older) the ability to access advancement data anywhere at any time.
The initial release of the app contains the following functions:
Track a Scout’s advancement
Submit Finished Requirements to your Scoutbook leader for approval.
Track logs like Service Hours, Hiking, and Camping
View parent and/or Scout profile
Provide parent access to your Scout(s) account
Under settings, the new app also supports user default data settings, and offline capabilities.
Additional features like a Scout community, notifications, leadership, calendar, and Scout challenges are planned to be added and will be gradually introduced throughout 2018.
Report any issues with the feedback feature in the app at the gear icon.
EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2018 TO APPROVE ADVANCEMENTS FOR A SCOUT IN SCOUTBOOK THE SCOUT MUST BY IN THE ADVANCEMENT SYNC
Effective March 1, 2018, you are no longer be able to approve advancements in Scoutbook for Scouts not participating in the Advancement Sync. The good news is that you can still activate your unit for the advancement sync. For information and instructions on how to activate the Scoutbook youth advancement sync, see this page: http://bit.ly/syncadv
ONCE SYNC’D HOW TO PRINT OUT REPORT FOR COUNCIL AND SCOUT SHOPS
The second video here will show you how to print out the report you need to bring to your council to purchase advancements: http://bit.ly/syncadv All the councils and scout shops have been notified that they are to accept the unit advancement form from Scoutbook for sync’d units in leu of the form from Internet Advancement. If they have questions they can send them to Scoutbook.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
From time to time we receive requests to support Lone Scout Friends and Counselors tracking their Scouts in Scoutbook.
Lone Scouting is a council function not a unit function. Lone Scouts are not registered into units, instead they are registered at the council level. It is the responsibility of the council to review and approve all Lone Scout advancements that are reported to them by Lone Scout Friend and Counselor. Because of this necessity for council due diligence, it is required that all advancements for Lone Scouts be handled through the council service center. They have tools to enter the advancements. There are no plans on allowing Lone Scout Friends and Counselors to enter the advancements themselves in either Scoutbook or Scoutbook Lite.