The dashboard is a great place to get started on Scout, where you can see recent news items, links to important pages, your points, badge progress, log books you’ve read, and see a complete journal of all of your activity on Scout.
Click on the Hi, [Your Name] link in the top right-hand corner to access your profile. Your profile contains a lot of information about your participation in Scout, including recent activity, biographical info, notifications, messages, friends, settings, and a list of all of the achievements you’ve earned. You can view other Scout users’ public profiles to see their public bio, activity, and earned achievements.
Here’s where the fun begins! Scout is full of badges of every kind, each collecting together a variety of activities and experiences around a single subject. The badges page helps you in sifting through all of those badges to pick one that looks interesting to you. From here you can also see your progress in each badge, which badges you’ve earned, and which badges have been recently added.
Viewing an individual badge will display its details and explain each of the activities you’ll need to complete to earn the badge.
Activities will give you clear instructions on what you need to do and, when necessary, will ask for something specific to complete them: an ISBN, code, visiting a page, a photo, or some writing. Below the activities you’ll find the results of other users’ work towards their own badge.
There are many fun ways to connect with other people in the Scout community. Here are some of the social features available:
See. Comment. Share.
At the bottom of each badge page and on the Community page you can see some of the things that other Scout users have been up to. This is a good place to connect with other members of Scout. Comment on a user’s activity, let them know it’s something you like, or share it with others on social media. All content created within Scout is publicly accessible from the Community and badge pages. You don’t have to have an account to see and share what’s been created.
Connect with others.
Build a network of creative individuals who like exploring the library just as much as you do. Use the Members page to locate people you may know and people you’d like to meet. Use the Add Friend button much like you would in Facebook.
Every Scout user has a profile which you can view by clicking on either their avatar or name anywhere you see it. From a user’s profile you can @mention them publicly (a way to chat in the open), add them as a friend (if they accept your friendship request), or send them a private message (if you’re already friends with them). From their profile you can also see how many points they’ve earned, when they were active last, and which badges they’ve earned.
Simply by registering, Scout users will automatically win a book bag that can be picked up at their local branch (while supplies last).
As you complete badges, you will be entered into prize drawings based on the four Scout categories of Food, Local, DIY and Books. The prizes will be gift cards to local restaurants and cooking supply stores, book stores, home improvement and craft stores, and museums. In addition, you will be entered into a grand prize drawing for an iPad. This year’s drawings take place on December 1, 2014.
Prizes were provided by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
Check out the News page to see the latest badges, feature updates, community highlights, polls, and other Scout news.
Ready to Dive In?
Now that you have an idea of what you’ll be up to in Scout, we recommend getting started with the Badge Basics badge for a sample of how badges and activities work that will help you hit the ground running.