Glossary - What is "ScoutNET"

Incorrect use of the term “ScoutNET”

“ScoutNET” is frequently incorrectly used to refer to a database or databases connected via ScoutNET. My understanding is that the membership database system has been changed from PASPROD to AKELA.

Official BSA® Definition

Boy Scouts of America. Language of Scouting. February 2020 ed. Irving, Tex.: Boy Scouts of America Inc., ©2020. Webpage. Language of Scouting | Boy Scouts of America.


A wide area network that electronically connects all local councils, regional offices, the National Distribution Center, Scouting U, and the national service center.

©2020 Boy Scouts of America


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“SCOUTNET®” is a registered trademark in the United States.

  • Word Mark: SCOUTNET
  • Registration Number: 2552443
  • Registration Date: March 26, 2002
  • First use in commerce: December 31, 1998

per Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO),

Some places where cited (used)

Term Definition
direct contact leaders Adult volunteers with paid or multiple registration and position code of CM, TL, DL, WL, SM, NL, 10, VC or SK who have completed all segments to be considered basic-trained with appropriate data entered in ScoutNET.


I suspect the use of the term “ScoutNET” predates the internet when mainframe computers where connected via telephone connections.

Global “Scoutnet” history is available at (non-secure internet link). There is a “ScoutNet” web service, also known as “ScoutNet Deutschland” in Germany at

ScoutNET to be retired - BSA Announcement post refers to a “ScoutNET computer system” established in 1998:

The BSA will be retiring the ScoutNET computer system soon (scheduled for Jan 3, 2022.) This system was primarily used by councils. ScoutNET was fundamental to administering units, finances and advancements. It is a system that was put in place in 1998 and has served the BSA faithfully over the years, however it is now outdated and has to be retired.


Created February 16, 2020. v. 2022-02-16-J DRAFT