Internet advancement is a tool for units to report youth advancements, awards, and merit badges. Before beginning internet advancement, collect all member information, including advancement records, award records, and merit badge applications with the appropriate signatures. To complete internet advancement, you must be connected to a printer to print the final report. For assistance, consult the help for instructions on using internet advancement. 

  1. Units should submit advancements online monthly, or more often if needed. At the end of the year, make sure all advancements are submitted by December 31 so accurate Journey to Excellence (JTE) advancement statistics will be accurate for your unit and district.
  2. The unit advancement chair must sign into using Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 9 or lower).
  3. Click on the Advancement" button on the home page. Follow the instructions to submit advancement records and print an advancement report
  4. Have the appropriate people sign the printed unit advancement report and submit it to the Scout Shop to purchase advancements (rank badges and merit badges). The Scout Shop will submit the paperwork to the council. Save a copy for your files.

Internet advancement is now submitted at You do not need to create a new account; your password is the same as  Use the URL and not

It is possible to upload your advancement files directly from some third party software programs, such as Troop/Pack Master, Scout Soft and Scout Mate. Internet Advancement is designed to have one person from each unit as the designated "processor." This person can only be changed by resetting the login information.

BSA internet advancement website             Submit Advancements             Unit ID numbers 



Scoutbook is a web application designed for mobile devices. Scoutbook delivers a suite of easy-to-use Web-based tools that are helpful to Scouts, parents and unit leaders.  It enables units to better communicate, update records, track advancement and manage activities. Scoutbook currently is designed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout. and Venturing units. 

Visit to register. See the Scoutbook forum and FAQs for more information.

To upload advancements from Scoutbook, create the advancement report and hit the ScoutNET file and upload the file into Internet Advancement

SHAC to provide Scoutbook

Beginning in 2018, Sam Houston Area Council will pay for Scoutbook for all volunteer-run packs and troop. 

Update 12/14/17: Scoutbook is a web-based application designed for computers or mobile devices. It delivers a suite of easy-to-use web-based tools that are helpful to Scouts, parents and unit leaders, and enables units to communicate, update records, track advancement, and manage activities better. Because of the many potential benefits that are available in this tool, the Sam Houston Area Council has agreed to purchase Scoutbook for all volunteer-led Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops in 2018.

Unit leaders will receive a letter in the mail providing the access code to enter into Scoutbook and instructions. Once this code is entered, your Cub Scout pack will have access to all of the benefits of Scoutbook. While Scoutbook is not required to be used in reporting Cub Scout advancements, it is highly encouraged as it can be synced to Internet Advancement (IA) and, once done, eliminates the need to entering Cub Scout records twice (once in a tracking program and once in IA).

Beginning the second quarter of 2018, Scoutbook and Scoutbook Lite will replace internet advancement.

Scoutbook Training 

University of Scouting - March 24, 2018

Scoutbook training will be conducted at University of Scouting on March 24, 2018.

All Units Must Activate Youth Advancement Sync


All units that use Scoutbook must activate the youth advancement sync now. Don’t procrastinate! Don’t wait until the last minute; and definitely don’t wait until the week you need to purchase your advancements! If advancement sync is not activated for your unit by March 1, 2018, you will no longer be able to approve advancements in Scoutbook. We do not anticipate extending the deadline. For more information and instructions on how to activate the Scoutbook youth advancement sync, see this page:

Once Sync'd How to Print Out Report for Council and Scout Shop

The second video here will show you how to print out the report you need to bring to your council to purchase advancements: All the councils and scout shops have been notified that they are to accept the unit advancement form from Scoutbook for sync’d units in leu of the form from Internet Advancement. If they have questions they can send them to or

Progress on Scouting App

The new Scouting App that will be available for Scouts and Parents to track and maintain advancements is in quality assurance testing. We expect to roll out in BETA within the next few weeks. Stay tuned here for more information.

Updated Boy Scout Requirements 

Scoutbook has been updated to reflect the 2018 Boy Scout Requirement Changes. Requirements listed in the Boy Scout Requirements book for rank advancement, Eagle Palms, and merit badges are the official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America and are effective Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018. However, these requirements might not match those in the Boy Scout Handbook and the merit badge pamphlets, as the Boy Scout publication is distributed on an annual basis. The most current and any updated merit badge requirements can be found at

Scoutnet to Sync with Internet Advancement

Attention Scoutbook users,

In the coming weeks, unit leaders who use Scoutbook should look for an email regarding syncing Scoutbook and Internet Advancement. Troops in the Sam Houston Area Council have already started receiving them and all Scoutbook units should receive an email by the end of October. After following a few simple steps, units will no longer need to use Internet Advancement and can just use Scoutbook!  

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What is Scoutbook

What is Scoutbook?

Scoutbook is a web application designed for mobile devices. Scoutbook delivers a suite of easy-to-use Web-based tools that are helpful to Scouts, parents and unit leaders. It enables units to better communicate, update records, track advancement and manage activities.

Which Scouting programs does Scoutbook support?

Scoutbook currently is designed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout. and Venturing units.

Who can register as a Scoutbook user?

Although any adult leader or Scout can register, Scoutbook is designed specifically for registered unit leaders, registered Scouts, and parents or guardians of registered Scouts.

How do I subscribe?

Visit to register; however, please wait for further instructions before subscribing.

Is training available?

Yes. Training resources are available once you are logged in at, and additional training is in development.

Who can see my information?

Scoutbook is a secure platform that provides a safe way for parents, Scouts, and leaders to record, track, and manage their Scouting experience. Personally identifiable information will be kept secure. Unit leaders can see Scout advancement information as well as training data on other unit volunteers.

Can I port my third-party unit-management vendor data to Scoutbook?

There will be no need to port data from other third-party vendors because Scoutbook will link to all unit membership data.

Can I still use other third-party unit-management vendors once Scoutbook launches?

Although Scoutbook will be made available to all units, they may continue to choose other third-party applications. However, Scoutbook will be the only unit-management system fully integrated with the BSA database.

How do Scoutbook and Commissioner Tools fit into My.Scouting and Commissioner Tools?

Scoutbook is a unit-management web application that will become the one-stop shop for Scouts, parents, and unit leaders to record and manage their Scouting experience. This tool will provide unit members a way to track advancements, unit activities, and unit communications.

Commissioner Tools is a module within My.Scouting Tools, which allows volunteers and employees to evaluate unit health and identify units in need of assistance. Commissioners will continue to use Commissioner Tools to monitor the health of their units, but should expect the data to become more robust as more Scouts and unit leaders engage with Scoutbook.



More information about Scoutbook is available on the forums. Please follow on Facebook to keep up with their latest updates and monthly blog posts.

If you have any questions or problems with internet advancement, please visit the BSA internet advancement website, or contact the national help desk at 972-580-2489.

Council Contact

Donna Burke
 (713) 756-3398

Nathan Doherty
Program Director
 (713) 756-3308