In this online age, we rely on the internet to help us stay connected to our loved ones, the current events, our favorite celebrities, and more. And now, more than ever before, you can use the internet to connect families around you to Scouting – bringing the program you love to so many more people – by simply updating your BeAScout.org pin.
If you are in charge of a unit, you can help families in your community connect with you through the BeAScout website. This simple, easy-to-use website is the first thing many prospective Scouting families see about the BSA. “It tells them what Scouting is, why it’s a good fit for their family and where they can find a Cub Scout pack, Scouts BSA troop, Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship near them,” says Bryan Wendell of Scouting Magazine.
That last part — the where — is where you come in. By updating your unit’s listing on BeAScout.org, you can tell families exactly how to join your unit. This will be a huge help to you during recruitment season. It’s free advertising for you and an invaluable resource for them!
How Does BeAScout.org Work?
When parents visit BeAScout.org, they can simply enter their ZIP code to find all the Scout units near them.
These results show up as pins, with each representing a pack, troop, crew or ship nearby.
If your unit is represented by one of those pins, you want that prospective Scout parent to have a direct line of communication to you.
Updating your pin is easy, and well worth your time. Let’s take a look!
How to update your BeAScout.org pin
Updating your BeAScout.org pin is simple, and it’s a good way to make sure your information is current — that it doesn’t list last year’s Cubmaster or meeting time, for example.
Access to update your pin is available to all unit leaders, including committee members in a unit.
To update your pin:
- Go to My.Scouting.org
- In the drop-down menu, go to Legacy Web Tools and select BeAScout.
- Choose “unit” (rather than council) under “Unit Pin Mode” to update the pin with your contact info.
- Be sure to set pin status to “active.” If they want the “Apply Now” button on the pin, set “Apply Status” to “active.”
- Note that it may take a few hours, or up to overnight, for the updated information to show up.
- For Cub Scout packs: You’ll also want to go to Organization Manager and identify your pack’s gender: all-boy, all-girl or a mix of all-boy dens and all-girl dens. Under Organization Manager, find the settings tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. The default is Boys Dens, but you can change that. Be sure to enter an effective date or it will not update the pin.
As you can see, updating your BeAScout.org pin is a simple, yet effective way to help families connect with you and get involved in Scouting.
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This How-To guide is adapted from Scouting Magazine.