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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BSA acquires Scoutbook, the wildly popular advancement tracking web app

by Bryan on Scouting - Blog

With a tap on your phone you can deposit a check, update your family grocery list or share a photo.

Shouldn’t keeping track of a Scout’s advancement be just as easy? The Boy Scouts of America thinks so.

That’s why today the BSA announces it has acquired Scoutbook, the revolutionary web app that makes tracking advancement easier, faster and more fun. That means more time for you and your Scouts to enjoy those life-changing experiences they can’t get anywhere but Scouting.

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  • Comments (77)
  • Mt Diablo-Silverado Council Image
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    3 years ago
    Steve Rodriguez
    Great job scoutbook!
    Our Pack has been using this and it has been great to work with. I'm looking forward to your team making our life easier and more fun with future enhancements.
    Pending Approval
  • Utah National Parks Image
    Scoutmaster
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    3 years ago
    Steve Faber
    Sad to know Scoutbook's founder is no longer at the helm.
    updated 2 years ago
    Pending Approval
  • Atlanta Area Council Image
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    3 years ago
    Audrey Bagby
    I'm so excited about this. Our unit has been using Scoutbook for a year and it's awesome!!! Great product!!
    Pending Approval
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    3 years ago
    Doug Moore
    Congratulations! I can't say I'm surprised. While of course you're new and still developing the product, I found you to be far and away the best of the several I looked at last year when researching pack management apps. Good on ya'!
    Pending Approval
  • President Ford FSC (Michigan Crossroads Council) Image
    3 years ago
    Rob Unglenieks
    Congrats Scoutbook. This is a great way to show that hard work pays off.
    Pending Approval
  • Black Warrior Council Image
    Committee Chairman
    3 years ago
    Jerry Kornegay
    This is such awesome news! I can't wait to see what the future holds! Congratulations to Shawn and the whole Scoutbook team!
    Pending Approval
  • Great Salt Lake Council Image
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    3 years ago
    Doug Burgin
    It's about time the BSA upgraded! We have loved using Scoutbook and look forward to the future. Congratulations!
    Pending Approval
  • California Inland Empire Council Image
    3 years ago
    Drew Rhynes
    Read they are looking and making internet advancement more seamless and the my.scouting tools will be integrated. http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/04/08/bsa-acquires-scoutbook/
    Pending Approval
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    Crew Advisor
    3 years ago
    Brian Henderson
    Pretty stoked about this. Can't wait until Venturing Plan is fully launched.
    Pending Approval
  • Alamo Area Council Image
    3 years ago
    Michael Babot
    I hope they implement a 1-800 tech support line now or soon. I love Scoutbook, but support via email is in the Stone Ages
    Pending Approval
  • Sagamore Council Image
    3 years ago
    Scott Culver
    This will be great. Not sure why I'm just finding out about it, but I'm looking forward to using it going forward.
    Pending Approval
  • Simon Kenton Council Image
    Scoutmaster
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    3 years ago
    Tom Kipfer
    Our Troop Committee is looking at ways to enhance Member, Activity, and Advancement management... we are currently using TroopMaster and anxious to explore the new capabilities this product will provide.
    Pending Approval
  • Cradle Of Liberty Council Image
    3 years ago
    Thomas Jones
    Wouldn't it be nice if they could add Treasurer information?
    Pending Approval
  • Pacific Harbors Council, BSA Image
    Scoutmaster
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    3 years ago
    Rich Waterman
    I will have to echo some of the comments others have posted. Today is the first day and I like what I see so far. Now comes some testing transferring data for Troop Master and putting this in front of the Troop Committee.
    Pending Approval
  • Laurel Highlands Council Image
    Cubmaster
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    3 years ago
    Rob Robitaille
    Great news!! Well done!
    Pending Approval
  • Lake Erie Council Image
    Chartered Organization Representative
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    3 years ago
    Stake Scouting Coordinator Don Carlson
    The Cleveland Ohio Stake is very excited to test a Stakewide subscription. We really appreciate the "total scope" of this tool.
    We think this tool will get many parents involved in advancement and "duty to God" achievements.
    We can see all of our Troop and Pack information for the Stake... Wow!

    D Carlson. C-6-03
    Stake Scouting Director
    Cleveland, Ohio State
    216-406-6089
    Pending Approval
  • Pikes Peak Council Image
    Committee Member
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    3 years ago
    Gene Albin
    Awesome! I'm excited to see how SB will continue to develop.
    Pending Approval
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    Assistant Scoutmaster
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    3 years ago
    Russell Cowles
    Cant find app on google play?
    Pending Approval
  • Mt Diablo-Silverado Council Image
    Assistant Scoutmaster
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    3 years ago
    Steve Rodriguez
    Russell, It's web based not an app. Put in "www.scoutbook.com" in your address bar.
    Pending Approval
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    3 years ago
    Brian Bellon
    First day using SB. I am excited about the possibilities!
    Pending Approval
  • Lake Erie Council Image
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    3 years ago
    Stake Scouting Coordinator Don Carlson
    I'm using this as a Stake tool tI see progress of all units and find ways to help each unit

    Also using as the Young men's Presidency (ward level) to use the same as the Scoutmastrrs, but fpr Duty to God progress and related pursuits

    Also using with "Inactive Patrol or Den" for reactivation purposes.

    Also using for Primary Presidency to watch Packs and their progress.

    Also using for stake YM and Primary Presidencies to communicate, invite and reflecting progress.


    Don Carlson. C-6-03
    Cleveland Stake Scout Coordinator
    Donecarlson@aol.com
    216-406-6089
    Pending Approval
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    3 years ago
    Kewal Bhardwaj
    This is a great move. Much easier to use, easy navigation and a nice package overall.
    updated 3 years ago
    Pending Approval
  • Great Salt Lake Council Image
    3 years ago
    Gordon Pace
    Can't wait to start using it.
    Pending Approval
  • Great Salt Lake Council Image
    3 years ago
    Mike Dotson
    Do we know when they will switch over to the new requirements?
    Pending Approval
  • Potawatomi Area Council Image
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    3 years ago
    Bob Gorichanaz
    Need more frequent news updates - weekly would be nice and not too much of a bother. What did you do last week, what features are you working on this week, what bugs did you squash.
    Pending Approval
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    3 years ago
    Quentin Neill
    Hi ScoutBook, kudos on the new relationship, +1 on the periodic updates - how about a monthly blog?
    Pending Approval
  • Sam Houston Area Council Image
    3 years ago
    Greg Lawn
    I sure hope you are adding a lot more servers... you know... be prepared!
    Pending Approval
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    Cubmaster
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    3 years ago
    Ronnie Sherard
    I feel bad that I just saw this news item, but so excited to see this news! I stumbled across this site last year and, within minutes, knew we had to use it. Please, please, PLEASE, keep up the outstanding work! And, from all of our leaders (especially advancements), THANK YOU!
    Pending Approval
  • Atlanta Area Council Image
    3 years ago
    Duck Edwards
    Hope Scoutbook stays updated unlike BSA on the go
    Pending Approval
  • Laurel Highlands Council Image
    Scoutmaster
    2 years ago
    Jeff Klinefelter
    Seems to be way to many issues and bugs with the old/new requirements transition, and missing or incomplete functionality. Personally I dont feel its ready for prime time. BSA needs to put an entire team of developers on this project so its ready for back to school in August. People already have achievements to enter from summer camp.
    Pending Approval
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    2 years ago
    Cory Bach
    Ok BSA owns it now and the only development in the past 4 months is new colors. Next will come the big sales pitch with "trust us we'll keep developing it." Stick the marketing back in the can guys and get the calendar, Troop messaging, file attachment/storage thing right, then make the Webelos to Boy Scout transition work, then go sell the heck out of it. But don't, for heaven's sake leave a calendaring app in beta for a year+. Demonstrate your commitment by releasing some code. This app has so very much potential but if development stumbles now this app will go the way of "New Coke." The purchase was just the first part of the investment, now finish the job please. I'm a big fan of what you have here, it really wouldn't take much to make this thing a rock solid hub for Pack and Troop operations. Don't quit!
    Pending Approval
  • National Capital Area Council Image
    2 years ago
    Gareth Lloyd
    I second the call for some status updates here. whats the status of this app? School is starting (NOW!) and we'd all like to know whats going on here?
    Pending Approval
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    2 years ago
    Rick Eachus
    I'm doubling as the Webelos 2 Den Leader & Pack Trainer. We've just started with this, and it's amazing! I need this as an app for Android ASAP (unless I'm missing how to make it an app for my Android) because I don't bring my laptop to pack/den meetings.
    Pending Approval
  • Circle Ten Council Image
    2 years ago
    Paul Kuykendall
    Rick: You should just be able to save the site off as a link to your phone's screen. The app is optimized as a mobile browser app out of the box. No extra app required.
    Pending Approval
  • Greater St. Louis Area Council Image
    2 years ago
    Jim Laurentius
    Now that I go the ScoutNET User ID and Password setup for our Troop, It worked out great. Very nice to be able to pull the scout information over from BSA into our Troop site.
    Pending Approval
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    Webelos Den Leader
    2 years ago
    Sam Harper
    It is a great site! It's great that I can fill in the advancements right after the meeting, on my phone.
    Improvements: When entering a new Scouts information, it would be nice to be able to enter everything at one time (address, etc.) Instead of immedicately closing out and then having to reopen the Scout's profile.
    Also, I had made a typo in one of the leaders email and the software would not let me correct it. We ended up having to call to fix it.
    Keep up the great work!
    Pending Approval
  • Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Image
    2 years ago
    Debbie Young
    Can not get the program to link with ScoutNet. Help!!!
    Pending Approval
  • Laurel Highlands Council Image
    Assistant Scoutmaster
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    2 years ago
    John Neuhaus
    How do I get Scoutbook to link to my.scouting.org ?
    Pending Approval
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    2 years ago
    Jodie Wilcox
    This seems like a simple easy to use tracking system. Good to go if you decide on this one.
    Pending Approval
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    Cubmaster
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    2 years ago
    Mark Watts
    Works great!
    Pending Approval
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    Committee Member
    2 years ago
    Travis Brower
    It seems that since this was purchased by BSA, there is no longer active blog content, etc. What is the future plans of this product? I would like to know before investing time into bringing Scoutbook to our Troop. Please advise.
    Pending Approval
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    2 years ago
    Bill Nelson
    Take a look here for updates: https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/blog/
    Pending Approval
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    2 years ago
    Jose Gomez
    This is the greatest idea ever. My troop has been using it for about a year with great results. Great tracking tool for my troop.
    Pending Approval
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    2 years ago
    Diane Johnson
    Just started using Scoutbook, took time to put everything in but worth the time and effort
    Pending Approval
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    2 years ago
    Sarah Azizi
    I love this tracking program!! Just don't see any of the requirements from the new books in there......so we have this great tracking system that won't track our new advancements!?!
    Pending Approval
  • Cradle Of Liberty Council Image
    Committee Member
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    2 years ago
    Joe Fishman
    When you look at a scouts advancement record you will see years at the top. 2015 and 2016 and earlier years if the scout completed any items in previous years. Click on 2016 at a scouts rank where you will see the new requirements for the specific rank.
    Pending Approval
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    Patrol Leader
    2 years ago
    David J.
    It sure made my life easier to find out what I need done and what I all ready have. ;)
    Pending Approval
  • Istrouma Area Council Image
    2 years ago
    Christine Grenat
    I just started updating the calendar for the rest of the year and love it. Especially that we can use it to track meeting and event attendance!
    Pending Approval
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    Committee Member
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    2 years ago
    Anke Homburger
    We just started a trial - love it. Especially all the tracking features, and that it links to scoutnet
    I am still looking on how to post pictures of events. Do you have any suggestions?
    It would be great if we could illustrate our events, like we did in scoutlander.
    Pending Approval
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    Leader of 11-year old Scouts (LDS Troop)
    2 years ago
    Rick Brase
    havent got a clue how this works going back to my pen and phone
    Pending Approval
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    Assistant Scoutmaster
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    2 years ago
    Jack Brinegar
    BSA is attempting to jump into a fierce world of software. You will not be able to survive unless you can quickly and effectively deliver enhancements on a (minimum) quarterly basis.. BSA acquired ScoutBook over a year ago. In that time, many questions and suggestions have been submitted for enhancements. In a year, I have seen nothing change from the first offering.

    While I think ScoutBook has great potential, BSA needs to step up and start delivering enhancements for this product. Otherwise, it will be left in the dust by other offerings. Here are 2 key features ScoutBook does not have...that i think it should...

    1) Groups
    - Allow the Troop/Pack to create groups
    - Allow scouts to be in multiple groups at a time
    - Allow the group to be messaged (emailed)
    - Allow the group to have calendar events

    2) Patrol Leaders Advancement Access
    - As a Patrol Leader, you should be able to view/update scout advancement (for scouts in your patrol)
    updated 2 years ago
    Pending Approval
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    Cubmaster
    2 years ago
    Bruno Zucca
    Do we have a current list of enhancements or a list of what is coming soon? That would be helpful.

    Things I would like see.
    1 - paying online using paypal or etc.
    2 - Better editing of text field Ex. bold, underline etc.

    Thanks
    Bruno
    Pending Approval
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    Committee Member
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    2 years ago
    Ken Guarnaccia
    How about letting us download the leader roster and training records from ScoutNet...
    Pending Approval
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    Assistant Scoutmaster
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    2 years ago
    John Kovacevich
    Well I hope you put merit badge counselors on the system!
    Pending Approval
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    Assistant Scoutmaster
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    a year ago
    Stephen Rogers
    Just started using it, love it so far, very user friendly.
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Terri Hellings
    Have been using this for a year. Just entered dates of completion for Tiger adventures, entered date Tiger badge was awarded, and program is not rolling my son over to Wolf....No new adventures appear or guidelines, even though he is listed as 100% completed Tiger. This is NOT user friendly for parents tracking cub scouts. Not sure what I'm missing. If anyone has suggestions would welcome any hints. Notably, BSA not apparently weighing in on the last year of comments above. Guess I'll too go back to pen and paper starting this Wolf year.
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Jacob Harris
    Terri, you have to have a den set up for Wolves then edit your boy's den from the tiger to the Wolf den and you will be able to start tracking his advancements.
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Bud McDermott
    I'm a little disappointed in this. When Scoutbook was under private ownership, they were a little more forgiving. When we held round up and acquired new boys they would allow us to wait on updating out new subscription quantity. Now they require an upgrade. So now come February when we have 17 boys cross over to the troop we will have paid for the entire year for them but not be prorated come the fall when we holds or next round up. Our pack is not financially dependent not are out families.
    Pending Approval
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    Scoutmaster
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    a year ago
    Kris Rosser
    Seriously need the venturing application to work so I can use the program for all three units. Any idea on a timeline for this to be finished. I only find info that is two years old. . .
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Jim Kaski
    I like Don Carson report from the Cleveland Stake . Keep me posted on future progress!
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Erich Liermann
    Please get the Calendar function out of Beta and make it active! I'm tired of using multiple websites for up keeping a calendar.
    Pending Approval
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    Webelos Den Leader
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    a year ago
    Janie Staples
    Can we get Learning for Life - Explorer section ???? That would be awesome!!!
    Pending Approval
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    Webelos Den Leader
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    a year ago
    Philip Gutzler
    Scout Book is doing great things, keep it up, I am sure the continuous updates will make it even more easier to track the Scouts progress....
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Alaiyi Bobmanuel
    ScoutBook makes tracking easy and organized. I love it !
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Paul Benjamin
    ScoutBook, is outstanding! Would be good to have a den page to post photo of events(ie camp out).
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Steven Philips
    We did a trial on this and instantly realized there was no going back to the old system. Our troop first adopted and now the pack decided to go that route too. Love the system and look forward to this program growing.
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Nate Szejniuk
    Out troop recently started using Scoutbook. I am loving the ability to see and track my Grandson's progress and that he can now log and track his progress on his own.
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Micah Womack
    Troop 3499 just purchase Scout book and we love it!
    Pending Approval
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    11 months ago
    Maryanne Kreuz
    I found out about Scout book from a mom in another pack and passed it on to other units. I'm surprised BSA isn't doing more promotions on this. As a den leader and parent, it makes it so easy to record achievements, even when we do things as a family.
    Pending Approval
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    Assistant Scoutmaster
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    8 months ago
    Mark Zorick
    Hi, I love that Scout Book (SB) can allow all of our scouts to view and check their advancements. I like that our Troop is linked to National. I would like the ability to sent an E-Mail through SB to someone that is not in SB. Add another line so an invite to an event can go to the Cub Scouts and past parents that are no longer in the Troop but want to be involved in some of out activities. Is that possible? Also can we link an outside Calendar (Google) to SB?......or add the feature of an event that repeats, eg. Troop Meetings, Round Tables? Thanks
    updated 8 months ago
    Pending Approval
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    Assistant Scoutmaster
    8 months ago
    Juston Dean
    Hey guys...the "latest" news is over a year old...someone needs to spend more time putting stuff here or archive this from the menu.
    I came here looking for an article about the advancement sync up that happened in the last few months.
    Pending Approval
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    Webelos Den Leader
    5 months ago
    Ommannan Gonzalez
    Need to make an app for the iPhone users!
    Pending Approval
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    Webelos Den Leader
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    5 months ago
    Daniel McDill
    Great app my pack is actively using it!
    Pending Approval
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    2 months ago
    Luigi Perez
    I have been on scouting for almost way over 55 years; I have seen many changes come and go; scoutbook is a very nice tool. Congrats.
    Pending Approval
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    2 months ago
    Gideon D.
    I don't like it. it's very hard to navigate.
    Pending Approval
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    Cubmaster
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    2 months ago
    Steven Rogers
    I feel like this app is still in beta and was rushed to be ready for production.
    Pending Approval
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    Assistant Scoutmaster
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    a month ago
    Dave Carr
    I can use 10%of my net earnings to buy advertising that benefits BSA from your individually referred real estate transactions (after closing and passing of title) anywhere in the USA. Find out how I can buy advertising to help your troop.
    Pending Approval
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