BSA will make Scoutbook free for everyone beginning Jan. 1, 2019

Update Sept. 24: The response to this announcement has been very positive. To address some of the questions that have been coming in, the BSA has released this list of FAQs.

It’s a bit like learning there’s enough Dutch oven peach cobbler for everyone to have seconds.

It seems too good to be true, but you will absolutely take it.

The BSA announced today that it will make Scoutbook subscriptions free to all BSA units beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Units that already use Scoutbook won’t be charged when they renew their subscription on or after Sept. 1, 2018.

Scoutbook is the BSA’s online unit management tool and helps Scouts, parents and leaders track advancement and milestone achievements along the Scouting trail.

Previously, units paid a small annual fee — up to $1 per Scout per year — to access Scoutbook’s powerful features, which are accessible on any device. By making Scoutbook free for everyone, the BSA can drive program consistency and deepen our movement’s engagement with youth and adult leaders.

The move means everyone can enjoy what more than 1 million users already know: Scoutbook can improve your Scouting experience.

What does this news mean for existing Scoutbook users? How will this affect the future of Scoutbook? Here’s what you need to know. 


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