Create A Google Account

If you already have a Google Account,
you must request access from our webmaster.

Please note, a Google Account does not require a Gmail address. See below for more details.
  1. Create a Google Account

  2. Enter your information
    • The email address you enter when creating your account will be your
      "Google Username" and the username you will use to sign in on

  3. On the next page, click Continue to Google Sites to return to You will be returned to a form which you may fill out to request access from our webmaster.

Keep reading for some of the nitty-gritty details about Google Accounts...

What's the deal with Google Accounts and Gmail Accounts?

Google Accounts can be confusing. The easiest way to think about it is that a Google Account gives you access to the Google App Suite: Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. A Google Account is not an email service though. You can use any email you want to sign up for a Google Account, it is just a username, but you will have to use another service (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.) to check your email.

Gmail, on the other hand, is an email service. A Gmail account is really just a Google Account with mail. A Google Mail Account... A Gmail Account. If you choose an email address that ends in "" when creating a Google Account, you have access to Google's mail service.

Another confusing part about Google Accounts can be the username. Your username for all Google products is simply the email you used to sign up. This includes things like Drive, Chrome, and Sites.

Why do I need a Google Account to sign into

Boy Scout Troop 162 requires users to log into our site to see some sensitive material. Anything that contains names, phone numbers, emails, etc. is kept on the 'Members Only' part of the website. In order to ensure the safety of this material, we need a secure way to authenticate visitors. The Troop simply does not have the infrastructure to authenticate users like that (we would need a server running 24/7), so we let Google handle it. By telling Google which users are allowed to view the restricted pages, the hard work of verifying a visitor's identity is done by Google. However, this also means that you must have a Google Account and you must request access from the webmaster.
For details on requesting access, look at this page.