For those who use Internet Advancement’s features to track their Scouts’ progress, your life just got a whole lot easier!

The BSA has introduced an upgraded and streamlined version of the Internet Advancement system you know and love use.

Bryan on Scouting saysthat “The improvements make inputting advancement updates faster, allow leaders to search advancement history in a snap and give Scouters more control over printable reports — like the kind used to make purchases at the Scout Shop.”

And because our unit leaders are busy people, often with many responsibilities, you don’t have to take precious time to sit down at your desktop anytime you need to update something on Internet Advancement. The BSA has optimized Internet Advancement for all devices: desktop, tablet or smartphone.

These enhancements to Internet Advancement are only the beginning. More improvements are coming later in 2019.

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What About Scoutbook?

Internet Advancement is primarily used by unit leaders who have decided they aren’t yet ready to switch over to Scoutbook. If you’re already using Scoutbook’s robust and user-friendly features, you can stop reading now. You already have these new features baked into the unit-management platform you love.

(By the way, now that Scoutbook is free, most units — including all new units — will want to use Scoutbook to manage and track their Scouts’ advancement.)

Internet Advancement’s New Features

The new modern and streamlined design makes Internet Advancement much more user friendly. In addition, however, there are many technical features that will make your life as a unit leader, unit Key 3 user, unit Key 3 delegate user or unit advancement chair much easier.

Here are some of those upgrades:

  • The ability for unit leaders to quickly select multiple youth before recording one or more advancements, speeding up data entry.
  • A notification for unit leaders when youth have completed advancements. All pending items can be approved at once.
  • The ability for unit leaders to quickly search the full advancement history for all youth in their unit using the activity tab. Search criteria may include youth name, rank, advancement type or advancement status.
  • A choice of three reports — all of which can be run for one or more selected youth in the roster or for everyone in the roster if no one is selected. These reports are: Advancement History, Unit Roster and the Advancement Report, which is used to make purchases at the local Scout Shop.
  • A Private Unit Forum, where unit leaders can hold private discussions within their unit. Go to discussions.scouting.org to give it a try.
  • A unit roster that’s fully searchable by youth name, member ID or rank.
  • The ability for unit leaders with multiple units to quickly switch between units by clicking on their unit icon in the upper right corner.
  • The ability for unit leaders with multiple units to save a default unit in their settings page so their device remembers which unit to load by default.
  • Instant feedback if the unit leader attempts to record a rank out of order or after the youth has aged out of a program.
  • The ability to provide a partially completed Eagle application for youth who have completed the Life rank. Unit leaders can find this by attempting to record the Eagle Rank for a youth.

Access Internet Advancement

You can access Internet Advancement at scoutbook.scouting.org using your my.Scouting credentials or through the current Internet Advancement platform.

The previous version of Internet Advancement will be retired for all programs except Exploring on June 10, 2019.

Non-Exploring units — that means Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships — will have until June 10 to download any advancement forms they need from the previous version of Internet Advancement.

Visit help.scoutbook.com for answers to commonly asked questions.

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Madison Austin
studies Public Relations at Brigham Young University and is a marketing specialist at the Utah National Parks Council. She is an avid hiker and enjoys being outdoors. Growing up in the mountainous regions of Colorado and Virginia enabled her to follow these passions. After moving to Utah to attend college, she has spent her time fostering both a career in Communications and a love for Utah's National Parks.

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