Scouting App Thursday – BSA Quick Guide

This is part of a new feature here on Scouting News.  With the increasing number of Scouting related applications for phones I’ve decided to feature a new one each week.  You can see a list of Scouting Apps.


This week I took a look at an application called BSA Quick Guide.  BSA Quick Guide is a quick reference application for basic Scouting information for your Android Device.  Version 1.04 is available in the Android market.  There is a free version and a paid version which is the same app it just includes a 99 cent donation to the developer.


The BSA Quick Guide App is not very pretty, just white or blue text on a black background.  Don’t let the lack of fancy graphics fool you though, this is a quick reference app and doesn’t have to be showy.  The BSA Quick Guide App is divided into five categories: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing, and Adults.  Unfortunatly Varsity, Venturing, and Adults are listed as “Coming Soon…”


The Cub Scout Section of the BSA Quick Guide App features:
  • References: Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack, Cub Scout Motto, Webelos Meaning, Whittling Chip Promise, and Hiking Safety Rules.
  • Tiger Cub Rank, Bobcat Rank, Wolf Rank, Wolf Electives, Bear Rank, Bear Electives, Webelos Rank, Webelos Compas Points, Webelos Activity Badges.
  • Academics and Sports Program Requirements.
  • Arrow of Light Requirements.
The Boy Scout Section of the BSA Quick Guide App features:
  • Basic Scouting references such as Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto, Scout Slogan, Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace Promise.
  • Advancement Requirements: Scout Badge, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle, Eagle Palms.
  • Eagle Scout required Merit Badge requirements.

Each requirement has a checkbox that can be checked or unchecked.  This allows the app to be a reference for what requirements a Scout has completed but it should not replace the handbook checklist or merit badge blue cards.  The application does not allow a date or initials to be entered.

While the information is basic, this is a great handy app for leaders to have requirements available within reach at all times.  It would be great if the developer added the other merit badges and three identified “coming soon” sections.  Hopefully the developer will keep it updated each year when requirements change.

BSA Quick Guide was developed by George R. Cain Jr.  BSA Quick Guide is not an official Boy Scouts of America Application.  The developer makes clear that it is not a replacement for the Scouting handbooks.  The application is a guide and reference for when the merit badge or handbook is not available to you.

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