Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Wed, 30 Jul 1997 12:16:47 -0400
Our troop has been using the TroopLedger software for two years. Yes,
there was some difficulty in understanding the software, including a few
hours reading the manual. It does help to have some accounting
knowledge, but you should be able to use the software without too much
trouble if you can follow the logic used in recording & reconciling a
checking account. Overall, TL is much, much better than the old
"manual" record-keeping method we formally used.
Currently, we're using TroopLedger 2.0 (DOS) which is more "user
friendly" than the initial version. There is even an interface with the
TroopMaster for Windows software we use for troop advancment/activity
records so we don't have to enter names & addresses of new Scouts all
over again in TL.
Before using TL, our financial records (including "Scout Accounts") were
done manually. My wife (an Accountant) is the treasurer and it took an
significant amount of time to record, track and reconcile everything
under our old manual system. TroopLedger has eased her work load to a
considerable extent and it provides several reports & reconciliations
which can be reviewed during Troop Committee meetings. The software has
a "Scout Account" module that is very, very useful. There is also the
ability to keep up with troop equipment (inventory) including actual
cost and current replacement cost. Although we don't use them, the
software also has "budget" and "reserve" features.
By knowing our income sources, what we spend and upon what we spend it,
we've been able to place our troop in a much better finanical posture.
Before using TL, we never really knew how much it cost to operate our
troop. Now we do and this has made it much easier to communicate the
"finances" associated with troop operations to the parents, and to
organize the fund raising activities necessary to help finance our
Overall, we are pleased with TroopLeder. Recenly, I started using
Quicken to track personal finances. IMO, TroopLedger 2.0 is as easy to
use as Quicken.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City