Internet Advancement / Scoutbook

Scoutbook accounts at a glance document July 2022


Scoutbook is the BSA’s online unit management tool and helps Scouts, parents and leaders track advancement and milestone achievements along the Scouting trail. The domain is 

  1. Scouts, parents, and leaders can view Scout’s official BSA advancement record anytime.
  2. The unit can make adjustments as necessary without contacting council.
  3. Scoutbook automatically keeps the unit in compliance with BSA advancement reporting requirements.
  4. When a Scout moves, their advancement record follows them.
  5. Scoutbook has messaging, forums, service, hiking, camping tracking and calendaring features.
  6. Units do not have to subscribe to Scoutbook, it is a free service provided to every unit. It is an optional service provided by the Boy Scouts of America.

Scoutbook App

The Scouting app, developed by the Boy Scouts of America, allows youth members and their parents to view and track advancement within Cub Scouting, ScoutsBSA and Venturing. It’s free and available on iOS and Android devices. The Scouting app connects to to sync existing advancement data. Because this information is stored on your device, you can use the Scouting app offline. That means parents and youth (13 and older) can access their advancement data anywhere, at any time. After downloading the Scouting app, parents and youth use their credentials to login.

Internet Advancement

Internet Advancement allows the unit to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges and perform the following actions:

  • Select members from your existing roster,
  • Review, update, or add ranks, merit badges, and/or awards,
  • Access an online Review Unit Roster feature and the Unit Advancement Summary,
  • Print an Advancement Report with a Unit Awards Summary to assist in purchasing.

Internet advancement is submitted at  The unit key 3 (charter organization representative, committee chair, unit leader), key 3 delegates, and unit advancement chair listed in Organization Security Manager ( are able to enter the advancement updates. Every year after the recharter has been submitted and processed, one of the unit key 3 needs to go into Organization Security Manager to ensure that the unit key 3 are properly registered, and the unit advancement chair has been designated. Internet advancement is accessed utilizing login credentials through one of the following:

How to Enter Advancements

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. 

  1. Units should submit advancements online monthly, or more often if needed.  Make sure all advancements are submitted by December 31st so accurate Journey to Excellence (JTE) advancement statistics will be accurate for your unit and district.
  2. The unit advancement chair or designee accesses Internet Advancement in one of four ways.
  3. Enter advancement records by clicking on Roster from the menu on the left, then selecting a Scout and Record Advancement.  
  4. Run a report for the Scout Shop by selecting Run Report, then Scout Shop Report.  
  5. Click Generate Report to get the report to bring take to the Scout Shop. Right-click and select print report for a hard copy.

Electronic Advancement Reporting        FAQ's


Internet Advancement: For questions or problems with Internet Advancement, visit the Internet Advancement help desk

Scoutbook: More information about Scoutbook is available using or on the forums. Follow on Facebook to keep up with their latest updates and monthly blog posts. Visit the Scoutbook forum and FAQs for technical questions and for more information.

If you cannot get into your, Internet Advancement or Scoutbook accounts, or have another problem that cannot be resolved at any of the help desk sites mentioned above, send an email to and one of the council staff will help quickly resolve your concern.