Scouting app for iPhone and Android helps Scouts track advancement on the go

Scouting adventures can happen anywhere. With the new Scouting app for iPhone and Android, you can track those adventures anywhere, too.

The Scouting app, developed by the Boy Scouts of America, allows youth members and their parents to view and track advancement within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venturing.

It’s free and available on iOS and Android devices.

The BSA’s Information Technology Group, along with a throng of volunteer beta testers, wanted families to have an easier way to view and track a young person’s advancement. So they built the attractive, easy-to-use, official app.

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.

How to begin

After downloading the Scouting app, parents and youth use their credentials to login.

Don’t yet have a Scoutbook account? Visit to create one for free. Note: a youth and parent can set up an account for the new mobile app even if their pack, troop or crew doesn’t have a unit-level subscription to

What the app can do

The initial release (version 1.0) of the app includes the following functions:

  • Track a Scout’s advancement
  • Track logs like service hours, hiking and camping
  • View parent and/or Scout profile
  • Submit feedback
  • Provide parent access to your Scout(s) account

Under settings, the new app also supports a night-mode feature, user default data settings and offline capabilities.

What’s coming soon

Additional features will be introduced later in 2018, including:

  • Scout community
  • Notifications
  • Positions of leadership/responsbility
  • Calendar
  • Scout challenges

Feedback is a gift

If you find any issues with the new Scouting app, use the “Submit Feedback” feature in the app for the quickest way to share those concerns.

Look for the “gear” icon within the app.

The ‘other’ Scouting app

Scouting magazine has an app, too. Enjoy every issue of Scouting magazine ever printed — from 1913 to today — for just $4.99 a year.

Search “Scouting magazine” on your device’s app store.

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