Scoutbook: Simplifying Cub Scout Leadership

Scoutbook: Simplifying Cub Scout Leadership

Cub Scouts doesn’t happen without our parents and volunteers. It is, at its core, a family program.

I say it often and I’ll say it again: I am incredibly grateful to each of you who give your time to drive your children to meetings, volunteer to coordinate program activities or answer the call to serve as leaders and mentor Scouts. You make an incredible difference in the lives of young people. While this is true of volunteers for all our programs, Cub Scout volunteers are unique in that their role is the most engaged. We are always looking for ways to innovate and make the delivery of our programs easier, more consistent and accessible to all. This is why we’ve updated Scoutbook to make it a one-stop-shop for den leaders to access the tools they need to deliver this great program.

With the new enhancements, Scoutbook now offers den leaders the ability to plan activities, track attendance, record advancement, communicate with parents and leaders, and access leader resources. You can learn more about the features in this Bryan on Scouting blog. This technology will streamline required administrative activities and simplify the role of den leaders to keep the focus on what den leaders do best – bring the program to life. These individuals are the heart of Cub Scouts, so we want to give them the support, flexibility and freedom they need to create fun and meaningful experiences for their den. I hope you’ll go check out the new enhancements to Scoutbook this week. When we have consistent program delivery, it saves time for leaders and adds value to the Cub Scout experience by ensuring all Scouts get the full benefits of our time-tested curriculum.

One benefit of Cub Scouts that I consistently hear about from parents is how they look to this program as an opportunity to make the most of the time they have together as a family. We want to make it as easy as possible for parents to engage in our programs and technology is key to making participation simple. I encourage you all to help us move forward in the goal of reaching more families by using this system to connect and make Scouting even more accessible.

While this Scoutbook update specifically benefits Cub Scout leaders, we’re working toward similar functionality for our other programs in the future. If you experience any issues or have feedback on Scoutbook to share, please contact Scoutbook.support@scouting.org.

Thank you all for helping youth make the most of right now.

Yours in Scouting,

Mike

Michael Surbaugh

Michael Surbaugh is the Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the organization's "Key 3" providing leadership and vision to the Scouting movement all across the United States. Find weekly posts at the Chief's Corner on Scoutingwire.org

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Scoutbook: Simplifying Cub Scout Leadership
Scoutbook: Simplifying Cub Scout Leadership
Scoutbook: Simplifying Cub Scout Leadership
Scoutbook: Simplifying Cub Scout Leadership