Your Scoutbook dashboard gives you relevant data for your unit(s). Those who use the tool spend most of their time creating and monitoring their dashboard. You can get information based on individual boys or in aggregate. It is easy to read and easily accessible.
Many forums exist discussing a variety of Scout issues, containing tens of thousands of posts. You can find answers to almost any Scout question.
You can track leader training, which can come in handy when you are committed to leaders being trained (read my article about the state of the Council adult leaders).
Not only can leaders stay abreast of their unit progress, but parents can track their Scout’s progress as well. Scoutbook allows parents and leaders to remain on the same page, maximizing cooperation and coordination.
Upcoming events can be displayed so everyone knows what is happening in Scouts and when.
There is a cost to use this program. They charge by boy, but any adult leader can register to use Scoutbook free of charge. The cost is $2 per year per boy, though depending on the number of registering boys it can be as low as $1 per boy.
Scoutbook can automatically sync with data from the National BSA Council. For example, a leader that takes youth protection training can then get Scoutbook to verify that he completed it. The program is designed to be mobile as well. You can pull it up on your smart phone and use it. Scoutbook can be a valuable part of your Scouting experience. I highly recommend it.
If you have questions, concerns, or feedback, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 8013682166.
Author: Stan Lockhart | President, Utah National Parks Council, BSA