Scout Book Note:
The troop has adopted Scoutbook as an electronic method of tracking advancement. This is in addition to (not replacement of) the Scout handbook and merit badge blue cards. It is a very powerful tool and has helped several scouts already:
1) During a review with one of the boys, we discovered that he had completed all of his rank merit badge requirements, but didn’t realize it. Thanks to Scoutbook, he is ready to advance.
2) A Scout forgot his handbook but wasn’t sure which requirements he needed. Because he kept Scoutbook updated, it was an easy lookup.
3) Several Scouts have indicated completion of certain requirements in Scoutbook. This lets the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters know who is ready
4) Scoutbook is working on a feature for patrol leaders to know what requirements the Scouts in their patrol need, so they can help them at the next meeting.
Ultimately, advancement is up to the individual Scout. While we try to meet with each Scout several times a year, only the Scout knows when he has completed requirements. Using Scoutbook will help each Scout track his progress, and signal completion to the leadership. If the Scout is updating in Scoutbook, it will make the job of the advancement chair much easier.
We also use Scoutbook to update the calendar and send communications. You may elect to receive communication by text. This is very helpful when we are camping and need to communicate to parents in situations where weather happens and we plan to leave early. I encourage every parent to login, edit their profile to include text notices, and grant their son access. ONLY a parent can grant their child access to Scoutbook. Your son must have his own e-mail account. Only a Scout (or leader) can update his advancement in Scoutbook, once he has access.
In the fall/ winter, we will encourage the PLC to have a Cyber Troop meeting. This will include instruction on how to use Scoutbook, Cyber Chit, responsible use of electronic devices, and Internet Safety.
If you have any questions about Scoutbook (www.scoutbook.com). Please ask me or your Scoutmaster Paul Hagist.