Scoutbook HELP

To assist parents and leaders in tracking rank advancements, coordinating events and providing communications, Pack 700 has subscribed to a powerful online tool, Scoutbook.  The following information is provided to allow you and your son get the most out of your Scoutbook experience.

Instructions:

  1. Sign in to the Scoutbook account created for you via your email invitation. It’s important that you sign-in using the Login and Password listed in that email. Please DO NOT create a new Scoutbook account on your own.
  2. Change your temporary password by selecting “My Dashboard”, then select “Administration” and then “My Account”.  On the “My Account” page, you can select “Password” to change your temporary password to something you’ll be able to remember.
  3. Also from the “My Account” page, select “Edit Profile”.  In this area you may choose a User Name, confirm you home address and ensure your phone numbers are correct (especially your mobile phone). If you see a BSA Member Number, please DO NOT alter it. If you feel that your BSA Member Number is incorrect inform the Pack Admin. These are used to keep track of training information and are sync’d with BSA systems.
  4. Our most common access problem has been thru the use of Scoutbook “apps”. Please do not use an app to access Scoutbook, instead access it via your browser. We will NOT help you accessing Scoutbook thru an app.

After your “Edit Profile” changes are complete, update/verify your other “My Account” info too, especially the “My Connections” with your son.

  1. Update your son’s info by selecting his profile from “My Account” > “My Connections”: Select “Edit Profile”.  Again, please do not alter your son’s BSA Member Number.

Using Scoutbook:

Scoutbook has become a “one-stop” tool for everything having to do with Cub Scouts of Pack 700. Here are some of its current features:

  • Keep track of den and pack calendars.
  • RSVP to help leaders plan events
  • Send messages to leaders
  • Receive messages from leaders
  • Record adventures your son completes, keep track of his progress towards earning rank.
  • Den leaders will sign off on completed adventures, they will order awards and be ready to present those at upcoming pack meetings.
  • Participate in pack and den forum discussions.
  • Keep track of who is in your den and in the pack.
  • Keep your profile info current and complete.
  • Add your profile photo. Photos are helpful for scouts, leaders and adults.
  • Leaders keep track of training according to BSA standards.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • As a parent, must I use Scoutbook to have my son participate in Cub Scouting?  Absolutely Not!  Although Scoutbook will be a very helpful tool for the both the leaders and parents of Pack 700, all boys will fully enjoy their Cub Scout experience regardless if their parent/guardian never logs into Scoutbook.
  • Does this replace handbooks? No. However, den leaders will approve or “sign-off” on advancement requirements with Scoutbook rather than in the handbooks. The scout would still need the handbook to do the advancements.
  • How do I access the records for my Scout in Scoutbook? Pack 700 administrators enter a profile into Scoutbook for each Scout. A separate profile is also entered for each parent. Finally, a connection is made in Scoutbook between the parent profile and the Scout profile, which gives the parent access to the records for his/her Scout.
  • How much does it cost for my family to use Scoutbook? Scoutbook is free for one adult to connect to one scout. For one adult to connect to more than one scout, or for two adults to connect to a single scout, a small fee is charged on an annual basis. Scout accounts are paid for by the pack.
  • What do I do once I have signed in and connected with my son? Please complete the empty fields in the profile for both you and your scout.
  • How do I get a parent profile? Do not create your own Scout or parent profile. Pack 700 administrators enter the parent profiles into Scoutbook. An invitation email is sent to the parent’s email address. Once the parent accepts the invitation, he or she has Scoutbook access. Be sure to check your email spam filter for the invitation email (sometimes you may have to search for the scoutbook email).
  • I have not received a Scoutbook invitation. How do I get one? Do not create your own Scout or parent profile. Send an email to pack700mh @ gmail.com requesting Scoutbook access. Please include your name, email address, and your Scout’s name.

Learning More:

To help familiarize you with some the features within Scoutbook and how to setup your account, below are four links to YouTube videos related to core functions of Scoutbook.  In total, all four videos equal less than 20 minutes in length.

  1. Scoutbook Parent Account Setup(https://youtu.be/x8mO3N0M0Mc)
  2. Scoutbook Awards Demo(https://youtu.be/rBngU97C280)
  3. Scoutbook Advancement Demo(https://youtu.be/th6ebrY6Dms)
  4. Scoutbook Calendar(https://youtu.be/g6dOfghtOCs)

In addition to the above videos, Scoutbook itself has countless blog and forum entries to help guide you through different features of Scoutbook.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your son’s den leader or Cubmaster for any questions you may have concerning the use of Scoutbook.