Authored by Bryan Wendell, this post originally appeared on Bryan on Scouting: A blog for the BSA’s Adult Leaders, January 1, 2019.
Fellow Scouters, 2019 is off to a great start.
Scoutbook, the Boy Scouts of America’s online tool for managing and tracking Scouting advancement, is now completely, totally, 100 percent free. The change became official today — Jan. 1, 2019.
Longtime users know how Scoutbook makes it easy (and fun!) for Scouts, parents and leaders to track advancement and milestone achievements along the Scouting trail.
Before 2019, individuals, units or councils paid a small annual fee — up to $1 per Scout per year — to access Scoutbook’s suite of unit-management features.
In 2019 and beyond, those same great features are available for the best possible price: $0.
Now everyone can learn what more than 1 million users already know: Scoutbook can improve your Scouting experience.
Here’s what else you need to know:
How will my unit be affected?
- Units with a current Scoutbook account will continue to use Scoutbook as before.
- Councils that provide Scoutbook accounts for their units will no longer need to manage a subscription process for units starting a new account.
- Units without a current Scoutbook account will be able to access Scoutbook free on Scoutbook.com and elsewhere.
How will subscriptions/renewals work in 2019 and beyond?
The need to subscribe or renew annually will become unnecessary.
Once your unit is on Scoutbook, you’ll be set for as long as your unit would like to continue using this free tool.
How will making Scoutbook free affect its performance?
Scoutbook will only continue to improve.
The BSA IT and Member Care teams will continue to support Scoutbook with their timely service and quality resources. Scoutbook performance enhancements have been implemented regularly over the years, and its performance is continually monitored. That will continue.
What’s new in this release of Scoutbook?
Scoutbook has a new Single Sign On (SSO) process that will allow users to easily create accounts with the same properties as my.scouting accounts.
You’ll use the same account credentials (username and password) for both platforms. This makes things much easier for users by streamlining the login process.
For details, consult this list of Frequently Asked Questions [PDF], which includes a step-by-step guide for use of SSO.
Where can I get more information about this change in Scoutbook?
Keep an eye on Scoutbook.com for all the latest updates.
If you still have questions, you can always contact the friendly and helpful folks at Scoutbook support. Their email: Scoutbook.firstname.lastname@example.org