As we continue on the journey to release Scoutbook Lite in the 2nd quarter of this year, there have been some questions circulating. Here are some updates.
I thought that Scoutbook Lite was going to be released in the 2nd quarter of this year. We still expect to release Scoutbook Lite sometime during these next few months, and an exact release date has not been confirmed. This approach is deliberate, as we are taking appropriate steps to have developers finish final coding and user interfaces—and engaging selected volunteers with testing and evaluation of this new tool.
How does someone access Scoutbook Lite? We have not yet finalized the process to access Scoutbook Lite. Once it is available, we will push out heavy communications about this via Bryan on Scouting Blog and the Scout Executive Council Packet.
Can I get a preview of Scoutbook Lite? If you expect to attend (or you know volunteers or staff attending) the National Annual Meeting in Dallas http://nam.scouting.org/ , encourage them to stop by the “Scoutbook section” of the exhibit hall for more info.
What date will Internet Advancement portal be closed? This will happen after the release of Scoutbook Lite, so that units will always have a venue for submitting advancement records online.
Does Scoutbook still have the ability to upload roster and advancement data as documented in this FAQ page? https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/forums/frequently-asked-questions/3852/scoutbook-csv-data-import/?Search=uploading+csv
Yes, Scoutbook can still upload roster and advancement data from other sources. This will not go away as individuals need a way to get their historical detailed data into Scoutbook. There will be a process enabling the upload of advancements via a CSV file in Scoutbook Lite.
Is there a council information packet we can use to communicate with our volunteers on our website and in trainings other than what was previously listed on the Bryan on Scouting blog?
We are looking at developing some communications materials to help with this. Candidly, we are creating Scoutbook Lite with a simple user interface that volunteers (and those promoting this online tool) will find easy to understand and use.
Is Scoutbook Lite optimized for desktop and mobile? We’ve all heard “mobile first” but Scoutbook Lite is even better. Professional user experience designers have worked hard to optimize your user experience for both your desktop display, mobile tablets, and smart phones.
What other features can we expect to see in the future on Scoutbook Lite? Replacing Internet Advancement is just the first release of Scoutbook Lite. In the future, you will also experience features that track Service Hours, Hiking Logs, and Camping Logs.
So, what is the difference between Scoutbook and Scoutbook Lite? Scoutbook Lite will be a reporting tool, not a tracking tool like Scoutbook. When released, it will initially have the features and replace Internet Advancement—and later will track service hours, camping nights, and hikes. Scoutbook is an advancement/hiking/camping/service hours tracking tool that also has leadership training tracking, unit rosters, email and texting tools, unit forums, calendar features, and payment logs. Scoutbook Lite is a free resource to all units, while Scoutbook has many more features and is available as a paid subscription for units.
For more info, contact Tom Jansen, Team Leader, IT Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org