BSA’s official web app, Scoutbook, is gearing up to roll out a new solution in mid-2018 that will leverage core components of the Scoutbook platform to make Internet Advancement tracking easier than ever before!
The current Internet Advancement platform will be retired and replaced by a new online tool called Scoutbook Lite.
This new application is being developed from the ground up so that unit leaders can quickly key in advancement and other key data through a sleek user interface optimized for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.
Currently, less than 10% of units use the CSV data file import feature in the current Internet Advancement platform. So, in the interest of focusing on tools that serve more Scouters, the CSV data file import will not be supported once the current Internet Advancement platform is discontinued.
Scoutbook Lite will offer optimized functions for everything found in the current Internet Advancement platform (aside from the CSV import feature).
The Scoutbook database will become the official record of advancement for the Boy Scouts of America, and we will continue to work on and improve Scoutbook as our full feature application.
One more thing
Are you a programmer? For Scouters with experience developing apps or web platforms, BSA is excited to announce the upcoming roll out of APIs (application programming interface). A selection of specific, read-only APIs will be made available to Scouting volunteers in the first half of 2018. There are no current plans to roll out APIs to third parties.