Managing Memberships

Adding-Removing and Moving Scouts Between Units-Dens-Patrols

Scoutbook does not automatically make changes to BSA registrations. Currently, all changes are restricted to Scoutbook. Make sure you submit the appropriate paper application to your local Council Service Center to reflect any registration changes.

You need to have unit admin rights to complete many of the functions listed in this guide. ADDING A NEW SCOUT TO YOUR UNIT

Scoutbook will automatically add the Scouts on your current council roster. When updates are made with registrations at your council they will populate in Scoutbook within 24 hours. If you wish to add Scouts prior to that time, see the following: (Adding them in Scoutbook will not change their registrations, you still much file the proper paperwork.)

If the Scout is already in Scoutbook in another unit, see the Moving Scouts to Other Units section below.

If they are a new Scout to Scoutbook, enter the Scouts onto your roster by hand. See the Add Scout button at the end of the unit roster in Scoutbook. Enter the Scout’s name, date of birth and BSA ID. You can fill in all of the address and parent info after that. Once your council has registered them into your unit, you can then click on the Scout and click the “click here to activate” link on their page to activate the Scout into the advancement sync. Once the Scout is in sync, the advancements will come over within 48 hours.


NOTE: Scouts will move from one unit to another automatically when transferred by your council. If you wish to move them prior to that time, see below: (Moving them in Scoutbook will not change their registrations, you still much file the proper paperwork.)

Prior to moving a Scout to another unit, end all of their leadership positions and in the Scout’s page, make sure to add a Scoutbook unit administrator from the unit the Scout is going to, to the Scout’s connections using the Scout’s connections menu option under the Scout’s page. That way they can edit the Scout after the Scout is moved.

When a scout moves to a new unit:

Before moving the Scout, remove the connections all the adults in the previous unit have with the Scout with Connection Manager in the Roster menu or using the Scout’s Connections on the Scout’s page. Leave your connection to the Scout until you know that other unit has approved the Scout and is managing the Scout.

Then you can remove your connection.

In the membership area for the Scout, end the previous membership to add an end date.

To get to the Membership Area: Log into Scoutbook, Click on My Dashboard, then Administration, then your unit, which will be on the right. Then click on your unit Roster, then the name of the Scout you wish to work on. If you have full rights for the Scout, you should see a Membership option (see illustration below.) Click on that.

Click +Add to add a new unit. The new unit entry includes council, unit type, unit number and a start date. For packs and troops, a Den/Patrol dropdown will appear. A Den must be selected, a Patrol is optional.

If your Cub Scout is not part of a pack with a Scoutbook subscription, select Other for the den. You will then be presented with a list of ranks to select.

The unit Scoutbook administrator in the receiving unit will need to assign connections to appropriate adults using the Connections Manager on the unit roster page.

If you remove them by mistake,

Go to: Home > My Dashboard > Administration > My Account > My Connections

Click on his name there, and go back into the membership area for the scout. You can adjust memberships from there.

NOTE:  If the Scout originated from another council, their member ID will need to be changed to reflect the new one the current council will assign them when registered.  To make that occur, after the Scout is registered in the new council:  Send an email to: and ask for the membership number to be changed.

NOTE:  If working with the old unit is not possible:  contact and ask to be connected to the Scout and if the member ID has changed, ask them to change the member ID.


Adding a Scout in Scoutbook will not register them, you must still file the proper paperwork.

You can move one or more Scouts by going to the patrol or den’s page. Near the bottom of the page, click on the Reassign Scout(s) button

You can also use the membership area to move individual Scouts to different patrols or dens by clicking on the Reassign Scout button there.

Here is an example:

Click on the Scout

Click on the Scout’s Membership, Click on Reassign Scout. Select from the pull down which den or patrol you wish to move the Scout into.

The following will enable you to ADD Scouts not already in your Pack or Troop:

  1. go to the den or patrol that you want to move the scout to
  2. click on add scout

Only create a new Scout record if you are 100% sure the Scout doesn’t already have an existing account in Scoutbook.

Transferring a Scout not in your unit to a Den or Patrol

Moving a Scout in Scoutbook will not affect their registration, you must still file the proper paperwork.

How to migrate your scouts from one unit to another.

  1. On the originating unit’s side. You want to make sure the scouts have everything entered in their awards and advancement, and that the sync has occurred. Allow 24 to 48 hours for the advancements to migrate through the system. This first step is really important if transferring between programs, because it is not always the easiest to move a Boy Scout back to Cub Scouts to enter in their advancement and awards.
  2. The originating unit’s Scoutbook Admin will want to find out who the receiving unit’s Scoutbook Admin is. The originating Scoutbook Admin should then give Full control connection rights to this scout to the receiving unit’s Admin. Using the connection manager or the Scout’s connections page.
  3. The originating unit’s Scoutbook Admin goes into Connections Manager on the unit Roster page and removes the connections from the unit leaders except the Parents and the unit Admin. If the entire den is moving over, instead of going to the pack connection manager to remove connections, go to the den page then connection manager so you can do a whole row at a time… assuming the entire den is crossing over together.

Once you’ve done these things – let the receiving unit’s Admin know – although they probably received the notice of being connected to a new scout anyway.

The receiving unit’s Scoutbook unit admin then does the following things:

  • End their membership in the originating unit via edit membership.o This may need to be done by the Scoutbook Admin from the receiving unit or anyone else with connections to the Scout
  • Optional: Add them to the receiving unit and sub-unit (den or patrol) through the Edit Membership There are a few other things for the receiving unit Admin to do and check here.
    • Assign the new unit’s connections to the Scout – usually through the Connection Manager in the Troop Roster Screen
    • Adjust connection access as needed
    • Check to make sure the profile has the correct info – like contact information, school and grade, etc.
    • Reach out to the parents to make sure they know the scout has been transferred, and whatever profile updates might be needed.
    • When bridging into Boy Scouts: Confirm the “Date joined Boy Scouts” is entered, as that helps with ranks and the OA eligibility report.

Occasionally, the Scout will transfer to a unit without a Scoutbook account. In this case, the last Scoutbook unit of record (e.g., the Pack) should ensure the Parents have full control and leader connection to their scout, and to remove connection to everyone except the admin of the Pack. The Pack Scoutbook admin OR the parents can then edit the membership of the scout.

Once the Scouts are on your official roster, they will be activated for the advancement sync automatically.


If the new unit is not using Scoutbook make sure you have at least one parent connected with Full Control to the Scouts account.

Never delete a Scout record, doing so will delete all advancement data, notes, photos and videos on the Scout account. If you see a Scout that you no longer wish to see on your roster, just end their membership in your unit in their membership area and remove your unit’s leaders and yourself from the Scout’s connection or have the parent remove you from his Connections.


If you have inactive Scouts, you can go to the Scout’s Membership page, click on their current membership and Un-approve their position.

If you remove them by mistake,

Go to: Home > My Dashboard > Administration > My Account > My Connections

Click on his name there, and go back into the membership area for the scout. You can adjust memberships from there.

NOTE: If a change is made to a Scout’s record by your council then the Scout could be added back onto your roster.


Often a Scout may be registered in two units. For example, a troop and a Venturing crew. The system should handle this automatically now.


Missing Scout. If a Scout disappears from your unit roster and you need to find him, go to: My Dashboard ➔ My Account (under Administration) ➔ My Connections and see if he is there. If he is, click on his membership area and make your unit an active membership.

Updated on August 9, 2019

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