District Record keeping
Michael M. Meenehan (meenehmm@SUN.AITC.REST.TASC.COM)
Mon, 11 Sep 1995 09:22:48 -0400
On Sept 9, Ted Sarah posted:
>Having been on the District Committee for a number of years, I have
>never heard of a District keeping advancement records or in fact
> <snip> Usually such things as traing and advancement is kept at the
>Council level on software provided by National. Why duplicate the
As District Cub Scout training chairman, I feel the urge to comment
on the necessity of accurate district training records. Our
situation is that we have 1,400 Cub Scout leaders and 105 Packs in
our District. This Saturday we had 65 in our CSLBT course!
It is my understanding that the 'National' software (TI computer
based) has two databases related to training information. One
database maintains current information about registered leaders.
There is a field which indicates the training status for each leader.
It allows three entries: N - no training, F - fast start training, B
- basic training, T - both fast start and basic.
The other database is a historical one which can be used to track
history of training. I don't know much about this one since it is
not used in NCAC (as far as I've been able to tell).
I have heard that the only time the training status of an individual
is changed is a) during inital registration, b) during recharter
time, and c) when a training attendance form is submitted. In our
Council, due to the person-power required, only top unit leaders
(Cubmaster) are updated based on the training attendance reports.
Having done an inventory of our 1,400 leaders, I found 288 of them
indicating that they were trained for their position, but our
district training records indicated that they were actually trained
for a different position. In other words, the Council database was
in error. (You may say so what?, some training is better than none -
that is another discussion)
Our accurate district training records allow us to check this kind of
information which isn't found in the council data. It allows us to
offer the type of training that leaders need rather than just the
'standard' courses. Having the historical information in the
district has been very useful.
I could go on for pages about training records so I'd better quit
Cub Scout Pack 1113
National Capital Area Council
(Washington, D.C. Area)
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