Internet Advancement   

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The Greater Yosemite Council is excited to offer Internet Advancement to your unit! Your unit's Committee Chair has received a letter with login information for the Internet Advancement. This method for recording advancements is easier and more efficient because you will be entering the information yourself! This will ensure that your unit’s information will be correct, and best of all, you can do it from your home or office, or any place that is convenient for you! 

Use the Internet Advancement for the following: 

• Add ranks (Completed Advancement Report is required!)
• Add merit badges 
• Add awards 
(No Eagle Scout Ranks are allowed through the internet) 

Be sure to print out the Internet Advancement Report, or fill one out during the Board of Review, obtain the required signatures and present it to the Scout Shop to obtain advancement recognitions!

First time users, click the "Help" button to get you started and all of your questions will be answered.  PLEASE read thoroughly!  If you have any questions or concerns, please click the "Help" button for all of your answers.                                                 

System Availability

The ScoutNET system will be unavailable every weekend from 11 p.m. PST on Saturday, until 8 p.m. PST on Sunday, for routine system maintenance. Internet Advancement will not be available during these times. You may work in internet advancement adding dates, but you may not load a roster or submit to council durring these times. If you do the system will error and you may lose all data entered.

How Internet Advancement Works

The Greater Yosemite Council will provide each unit with a unit ID. The unit will select and assign an adult to learn the system and begin inputting advancements for the unit. Information input on Ranks will be recorded based on program identification and can only be entered in the correct rank and date sequence.

Awards which can be entered through BSA Internet Advancement do not include nominated awards, such as those for meritorious action, the Eagle Scout rank, which involves a hand review, and awards which are controlled by other organizations, even if uniform wear is approved. 

When Questions Arise

There is a Frequently Asked Questions link on the Internet Advancement site and these should be reviewed as your first line of inquiry. There is also an extensive help guide, accessible through the link above. 

If you have other questions or comments, contact the Greater Yosemite Council Modesto service center and we'll be glad to help.

Using Internet Advancement 

  • Select the unit advancement processor. This person must have Internet connectivity and be able to utilize the MS Internet Explorer browser.
  • Obtain a unit ID code from the council.
  • Gather the needed information for entry of advancement, including unit member merit badge applications and advancement records with dates.
  • Click the Internet Advancement link on this page. Follow the instructions in Internet Advancement to process advancements and print an advancement report.
  • Have the appropriate people sign the printed unit advancement report and submit it to the council.
  • Save a copy for your files. 

Reports Available Via BSA Internet Advancement 

Unit Roster: Your local unit advancement processor will be able to print a unit roster at any time. This unit roster will contain the most current information from ScoutNET, including the membership ID for each adult and youth member. 

Unit Advancement Summary: indicates the ranks, merit badges, and awards saved in each individual record for the current unit members. 

Advancement Report: listing of each youth member that has new ranks, merit badges, and awards, if any. This is your official unit Advancement Report that is to be signed and submitted to the council service center. 

Unit Awards Summary: listing of the number of new ranks, awards and merit badges by name; this makes for a convenient shopping list. 

Advancement Update Summary: listing of any ranks, merit badges, and awards that were already in the member record and were updated online.