Ability for Scouts to signoff for other Scouts in Scoutbook

The Guide to Advancement states that Scoutmasters should have the ability to assign Scouts the ability to “pass the Scout” on their advancement requirements (see below).

Why is it that Scoutbook does not permit a Scoutmaster to Connect a Scout to another Scout for this purpose? (Or is it somewhere possible but not obvious?) The Scout Is Tested
The unit leader authorizes those who may test and pass the Scout on rank requirements. They might include the patrol leader, the senior patrol leader, the unit leader, an assistant unit leader, or another Scout. Merit badge counselors teach and test Scouts on requirements for merit badges.

(On a separate note, there should similarly be a path for a Scoutmaster to disable the ability of parents to enter advancement, but that’s a topic for another day.)

This is a previous request. It is in the backlog but requires a rewrite of the permission system in Scoutbook so I do not believe it will be scheduled in the foreseeable future.

I use the Note field in Scoutbook to record the name of the Scout that signed off a requirement.


I have my scouts do something similar. I have them record the name of the scout who signed them off, and I can cross-check with the “approving” scout prior to Leader Approving the requirement.

That’s kind of incorrect. The Guide to Advancement doesn’t say Scoutmasters should have that ability, rather it says they do have that authority. In a Scouts BSA troop the Scoutmaster approves advancement and they have sole authority on who they may delegate that authority to. The unit leader authorizes those who may test and pass the Scout on rank requirements. No one may approve advancement without being designated to do so, by the Scoutmaster. In fact the Scoutmaster may designate anyone they choose to approve advancement, which could be someone with no connection whatsoever to Scouting.

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