Re: Handling Merit Badges at Summer Camp
Frank E. Brown (73170.3467@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 7 Jul 1995 08:57:56 EDT
This is not exactly on line with the thread but;
A few years a go our DE "won" the honor of being the camp director. I had done
some tracking forms for my troop, aand he asked me to do a merit badge book for
use at the camp. I set up a book which included the lower three ranks, Totin
Chip, Firem'n Chit, Scout Lifeguard, every merit badge which was offered at camp
(plus a few that scouts could work on at camp, but were not part of the formal
program). These were done in Excel (spreadsheet) with one to a page (half of an
8.5 x 11 sheet) there is a terse listing of the requirements with cells for the
counselor's initials and date. The book had a cover of card stock and included
an index and a first page that had space for the scout's schedule, name and
troop # and campsite. At the end of camp the scouts had a single place for the
record of what they had accomplished.
The first couple of these I did were a real nightmare as I had to figure out
page numbers by hand and diddle with the page breaks to make it come out right.
When a troop inprocessed the were issued one per scout, a limited number of
replacements were available for $1.00. I now have the book set up to print
using a print utility called "ClickBook" it does all that page arainging for me.
Anyway, our council used this book for about four years till we shut done our
Summer camp program at Camp Jackson. The various Scoutmasters seemed pleased
with the books, and the staff liked having them. The Scouts had to learn a
little bit of responsibility in trying to keep up with them.
Eagle Class of '65
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