Re: Myself and a Request
Jim Ficklin (jficklin@NMSU.EDU)
Fri, 11 Feb 1994 13:10:40 -0700
On Thu, 10 Feb 1994, Settummanque, the blackeagle wrote:
> Douglas Merrill <DOUGME@WORDPERFECT.COM> writes:
> >So needless to
> >say, we are making an on-going concerted effort to create a "new
> >beginning" for our youth. Within this effort, we are attempting to
> >get a real grasp on the advancement progress and needs of each young
> >man in the troop. The paper charts and lists just don't cut it
> >anymore, so we would like to acquire a well designed, comprehensive
> >PC software application to maintain current and quickly updatable
> >records for each boy.
I suspect there are other good programs out there, but our troop uses
TROOPMASTER. (They advertise most months in SCOUTING MAGAZINE.) The cost
is reasonable, runs in DOS (and I think there's a windows version, now)
and does most of what you want and more.
We have found that the instances of boys falling through the cracks for
lack of good records or oversite of what a boy needs for the next rank
went down very significantly as we started making careful use of the
software. We have an advancement chairman on our troop committee who is
charged with seeing that the computer records are up to date. He enters
each requirement for each boy as it is met, enteres troop, team or post
events, etc. Thus any of the leaders can check on the status of any
scout at any time. Each month he prints out an advancement report for each boy
that goes one copy to the respective leader and one copy to the boy and
his parents. The program also flags boys who have gone a while without
any advancement activity and this list goes monthly to the respective
leaders. When it is court of honor time, you just tell the computer what
was the date of your last court of honor and it prints you out a
"shopping list" of ranks and awards earned since the last court of honor.
This is done in standard order format so most councils will accept the
computer printout without the need of filling out more forms at the
supply center. The program also creates official reports which (with the
appropriate signatures) can be sent with a scout who moves to set up his
official records in the new council. It also gives you a way to track
troop committee assignments, resources (like which parents have the big
cars or vans), etc. Hope this helps.
Jim Ficklin, Program Manager, KRWG-TV, New Mexico St. Univ., Las Cruces, NM
firstname.lastname@example.org "All opinions expressed are mine... not KRWG's."
Troop/Team/Post 177 "According to my 3 sons, my opinions don't count, anyway."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City