Re: Troopmaster Software Users
Everett Holm (Everett@POBOXES.COM)
Fri, 6 Sep 1996 07:15:25 -0700
My council happens to love the Troopmaster reports that can be turned in.
Some of the reasons are:
- it puts the BSA #'s of each Scout on the report and makes updating these
awards into the council computer very easy
- EVERYONE can read the report. No one has to second guess someone else's
The council does insist upon the 3 signatures for any advancement of course.
And what difference does it make if you use a fancy piece of software like
troopmaster to prepare this report or secondly if you decided to type the
normal advancement form.
Finally, when a Scout goes for his Eagle board, the council encourages the
troop to run the Individual/Transfer reprort signed by 3 individuals of the
troop (i.e. like a board of review type signatures) re-verifying all the
advancement of the Scout. This saves our volunteer from looking through lots
of advancement reports in the files when he verifies the Eagle app.
The only con I now have against the software and I have e-mailed the
suggestion to Troopmaster, is that our Council now insists on the reports
before issuing any awards where we used to be able to buy a small stockpile
of S,T,2,1 awards, hand these out immediately after the board and then
replenish with the ones we turned in to the service center. (I don't even
want to hear about this not being policy, it's how our troop has done it for
several years and every advancement has been turned into the office :-)
Where this really gets troublesome is when the MB cards come into you late
just after you completed an advancement report and the date on the card is
the same as several other awards. You don't want to duplicate all the other
awards so you do end up filing the OLD advancement form for this type of
stuff. What I would like to see the software do is give you an option of
'final' for the court of honor report and then flag those awards as having
been submitted to the council. Then when the late merit badge card comes in,
it is not flagged and will show on the next computer printout.
Sorry about being a little long winded, but I've been using the Troopmaster
software now since version 3 (about 6 or 7 years) and believe it is a GREAT
piece of software, especially keeping track of 60 Scouts right now.
Nevada Area Council
At 08:23 AM 9/6/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Hello fellow Troopmaster Software users! I have recently purchased
>Troopmaster and have spent the last couple of nights loading the Troops
>records. Included in the was this years summer camp merit badge records
>which I have not yet turned into Council.
>Scoutmaster Troop 117, Wauwatosa, WI
>1st ASM Troop A, 1997 Jamboree
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