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FAQ Page for Unit Advancement Chairs

(Rev. 2, 1/27/2021)

Welcome and thank you for volunteering! Here are some things you might want to know:

What are the duties of the Unit Advancement Chair?
 

  • Please see the presentation created by our Minsi Trails Council Advancement Committee titled “Cub Scout Advancements: A Guide for Pack Advancement Chairs” available to download here
    (PowerPoint) or (PDF)
     
  • Contact your District Chair for CS Advancement found on page 3 of the presentation for help or attend the University of Scouting.

What position should I be registered as?
 

  • Unit Advancement Chairs should be registered as Unit Committee Members.

Can the Pack Advancement Chair hold another position?
 

  • Yes, any adult can be the Pack Advancement Chair, even if they are registered for another position.

What training do I need to be a Pack Advancement Chair?
 

How do I know what Advancement Tracking program to use for my Pack?
 

What’s the difference between Scoutbook and Internet Advancement?
 

  • They are both tools to add advancement information into the same Scoutbook database. Scoutbook has more functionality than Internet Advancement. Scoutbook is preferred but Internet Advancement is available for units that don’t use Scoutbook. Anything that is approved in Internet Advancement can instantly be seen in Scoutbook and vice versa. If you are using Scoutbook you do not need to and should not use Internet Advancement.

Where can I find training for Scoutbook?
 

  • At https://www.scoutbook.com click on “More Scoutbook and Internet Advancement help is here” and “Login help is here.” Also, training classes are offered at University of Scouting.

Where can I find training for Internet Advancement?
 

Which Advancements must I enter into Scoutbook?
 

  • Ranks are required to be entered. Adventures (required and elective), Pins, Belt Loops are strongly recommended. This is so each scout can have an accurate scouting history on record.

Do I have to submit a hardcopy Advancement report to Minsi Trails Council if I have entered the information online into Scoutbook?
 

  • Yes. Print the Advancement Report from Scoutbook and sign it. Then you can either bring it to the Scout Shop when you come in to make your purchases, or you can mail in your signed report, or you can scan and email your signed report to minsitrailsscoutshop@scouting.org

Who has to sign Advancement reports?
 

  • Only you, the Pack Advancement Chair, need to sign Advancement reports.

How many copies of the Advancement reports must I turn in to the Scout shop?
 

  • One copy. This is the Advancement Page not the Purchase Order page.

Can the Scout Shop help me with my purchases?
 

  • Yes! You can email your Purchase Order page to minsitrailsscoutshop@scouting.org and ask them to collect your items for you so they will be ready when you come in. But remember to also send in your Advancement Report.

Where can I find the Advancement report pre-printed form?
 

When do I enter Advancements?
 

  • It is advised to enter Advancements every month to stay current. At year end, advancements must be entered online by December 31 for them to be counted for that year. If you are using the pre-printed forms (not printed from Scoutbook), you need to turn them into the Council office by December 20 because additional time is needed for these to be entered into the database.

What other resources are there regarding Unit Advancements?

 

 

 

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PROFESSIONAL OFFICE HOURS OF OPERATIONS:
(610) 264-8551
9 AM – 5 PM (Monday  – Friday)
Closed Saturday & Sunday

 

SCOUT SHOP HOURS OF OPERATIONS:
(610) 266-7770
10 AM – 5 PM (Monday-Friday)
10 AM – 2 PM (Saturday)
Closed Sunday

 

PHYSICAL ADDRESS
991 Postal Road, Allentown, PA 18109

MAILING ADDRESS
P.O Box 20624, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002-0624