Unit accounts were the traditional way units or LDS wards would set aside funds for unit leaders, advancement chairs, and other members of the unit to make Scouting purchases. The Scouting Adventure Card, powered by Tender Card, is an improved way to manage your unit’s funds.
With the Scouting Adventure Card, you will now be able to use your unit accounts online or in the Scout Shop to purchase awards, register for camp, and make other payments in Scouting. This will allow your unit greater flexibility in payment for camps, services and supplies provided by the Council and Scout Shops.
You will also be able to check the balance of your card at any time by going to www.tendercard.net. What does this mean for you? It means no more getting to the Council Service Center to find out there isn’t any money on the card.
Your new Scouting Adventure Card allows you to purchase your awards online and have them shipped right to your house from the comfort of your living room through the online ordering form.
Did your unit sell Scout Expo tickets or engage in an other fundraising? Commissions from sales and other activities offered by the Council will be able to be added to the card.
Beginning Nov. 11th, units with an existing unit account will be notified to pick up their new card at their local Utah National Parks Council Service Center. If you would like to set up a new unit account, please talk to your district staff anytime after Nov. 11th and they will help you get set up. Individuals will also have the option to get a Scouting Adventure Card for Scouting purchases.
Scouting Adventure Card Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What are Scouting Adventure Cards?
A: Scouting Adventure Cards are much like a gift card, they will have your unit account balance (money you can use with the Online ordering system, in the Scout Shop, register for camp etc.) loaded on them.
Q: Why is the Council using Adventure Cards?
A: Adventure cards will allow units to better keep track of account balances. There will be no more guessing how much money the unit has in the account as you can check your balance online at any time. It will also allow units to have better oversight regarding when their account was used.
Q: How do I add funds onto my Scouting Adventure Card?
A: After Nov. 11, bring in a ward, organization, or personal check to your district staff who will then be able to add the funds to the card.
Q: How as a volunteer can I use the Adventure Cards?
A: Adventure Cards can be used online at utahscouts.org, in the Scout Shop or Council Services. Online, you will click it as a payment method and enter in your card number. In the Scout Shop, an associate will swipe your card for you and give you a receipt. Council Services will swipe your card as a method of payment.
Q: What kind of purchases can I make with my Adventure Card?
A: Any Scouting-related purchases through utahscouts.org, including camp registration, products, advancement awards, or rentals. Anything at the Scout Shop can also be purchased with the card.
Q: What if I forget my Adventure Card?
A: If you forget your card, you can look the number up by having the last 4 digits of the card. You can call someone with the card that would have those 4 digits if you can’t remember them. We will not be able to look it up by unit number.
Q: Why are the unit accounts shutting down between Oct. 28 – Nov. 11?
A: In order to properly transfer the balances over from your account to your new card, we will need to freeze accounts for that short period of time.
Q: How will we be notified our Scouting Adventure Cards are ready?
A: An email will go out to the currently registered member of the bishopric or COR to let them know to pick up your unit’s card at your local Council Service Center.
Let us know if you have any other questions in the comments, or call us at 801-437-6222.
Author: Ali Mohammad | Director of Council Scout Shops, Utah National Parks Council