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2019 - a year in review


2019 brought many changes to Scouting and Scout Manager. Here are a few of the highlights.

2019 brought many changes to Scouting and Scout Manager. Here are a few of the highlights.

Scoutbook is made free

In 2019 the BSA made Scoutbook free to all scouting units. The new system replaced the aging Internet Advancement system they'd been using for years, but also provided better online accessibility to all users with a new user interface that works similar to Scout Manager.

At first, this really hit us hard at Scout Manager. We received countless emails about our plans to continue offering our service and some units left us for the free service. We stood firm and rebounded nicely. Our mission has always been to provide a superior service than what the BSA and others were putting out. Our measures of success include service, reliability, performance and features you'll love. Many of the former measures go unnoticed until a unit moves to Scoutbook and they realize that slow performance makes their job take much more time and service is a vision of hope in a post. We're proud of what we've built for you and we intend to keep it that way.

Scout Manager integration with Scoutbook

It took us quite a bit more time than we expected to get the Scoutbook integration working. It seemed like the developers over at Scoutbook were actively working against us. After our first integration work they changed login security controls making it impossible to integrate dynamically. While frustrating we applaud their work in creating a better and more secure environment.

After much work and trials, our current integration using a Chrome plugin has proven to be ultra-reliable and integrates nicely with Scoutbook. It provides the ability to receive updates from Scoutbook as well as push updates (e.g. award data) back to the BSA.

Thank you to everyone who helped with testing and working through the early issues with us.

New Accounting Module

Our new accounting module makes financial management cleaner and easier to manage especially for year over year accounting. You may hear us refer to it as "checkbook accounting" as it removes double-entry and provides an easier way to tag transaction amounts to one or more accounts. While account types like Revenue, Expense and Liability are still there its much easier to avoid the issues that popup with double-entry.

If you haven't migrated to the new accounting its definitely something to consider for the new year!

 

News & Updates

Ah, summer time - the perfect season to escape to the great outdoors and make unforgettable memories with fellow Scout pals! As someone who's had the privilege of attending Boy Scout summer camps, I can attest that preparation is key to ensuring an amazing experience. So, grab your backpack and let's get started!

The Path to Becoming an Eagle Scout is a journey that embodies the very essence of Scouting – growth, leadership, and service. For young men in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), earning this prestigious rank represents the pinnacle of their Scouting experience. To become an Eagle Scout, there are several requirements that must be met, each one a testament to the scout's commitment, determination, and ingenuity.

As a Scout leader, managing the finances of your unit can be a challenging task. From purchasing equipment and supplies, to organizing events and trips, it's important to keep track of every penny to ensure that your unit is running smoothly and efficiently.

Cub Scout Crossover
Mar 23 2023

Springtime is the best time for Cub Scouts to transition to Scouts BSA through crossover ceremonies...

We've made changes to enable you to more easily get a roster and event report by Den or Patrol.

During the pandemic, the FAQ is provided with answers to key questions about advancement, unit activities, and more.

Premium subscriptions just got sweeter with a much anticipated feature -- sending emails to Scout Manager distribution lists from external email clients such as Outlook, Gmail, etc.

2020 - Covid updates
Mar 14 2020

In response to Covid-19 we've added a flag to allow everyone in your unit to use the distribution lists

2019 brought many changes to Scouting and Scout Manager. Here are a few of the highlights.