This article provides information on the MyScouting online account on the BSA National Council’s Scouting.org site. If you have an existing MyScouting account, click here to access the login page. If you don’t have a MyScouting account, read on for information on how to set one up.
What is MyScouting
Over the past few years, the Boy Scouts of America has been developing an online account service called MyScouting. There are a number of great new features that have either recently been added or soon will be. Here is a quick overview of what you can now do with a MyScouting account:
- Fast start training (this optional training is used by new leaders to get on board)
- Youth protection training (this is a joining requirement for all adults and must be retaken biannually). Venturing Youth Protection Training is for all Venturing leaders.
- Cub Scout Leader Specific Training (all sessions on line, except for Webelos Outdoor Training)
- Pack Trainers take Pack Committee Challenge and Fundamentals of Training online
- This is Scouting (general overview of the programs of the BSA and for training Chartered Organization Representatives).
- Training the Chartered Organization Representative.
- Troop Committee Challenge (on line course for all Troop and Team Committee Members)*
- Crew Committee Challenge (on line course for all Crew Committee Members)*
- Safe swim defense training
- Safety afloat training
- Weather hazard training (new training required for getting a tour permit)
- Recording commissioner visits
- and more…
The best part of MyScouting is that it is tied to your membership account. So when you complete courses it automatically updates your training records. How cool is that?
Creating a MyScouting account
Go to www.Scouting.org. At the top of the page, there is a link that says “MyScouting”.
This link takes you to a login page for your MyScouting account. If you don’t yet have an account, click on the “click here to create a new account” link. You will be asked to provide the name of the council (Utah National Parks Council – 591) and your membership ID number. The membership ID number can be found in several different ways:
- It’s the number on the bottom of your membership ID card.
- You can ask your unit’s online advancement person to look up your number for you – it prints on the unit roster on the internet advancement reports system.
- Or you can call the local Council Service Center
Besides the benefits of completing online training courses through MyScouting, the online tour plan feature is really neat. Basically you can store vehicle information and leader training information ahead of time for any unit that you are a registered member of. Then when it is time to fill out the tour permit you simply go through and select which vehicles and which leaders are going and it automatically fills out all that information on the tour permit. Then you submit it electronically and receive an electronic confirmation that you can print out and take with you on your trip.
*The following courses are still taught in the districts in a group setting:
- Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Position-Specific and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (Scoutmasters and assistants)
- Varsity Coach Position-Specific [Varsity Vision] and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (Coaches and assistants)
- Venturing Advisor Position-Specific (Advisors and assistants)
- All adults in Ships: Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic