Re: Troop Ledger
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Mon, 4 Aug 1997 07:09:36 -0400
Laura Danford wrote
> Does anyone out there use Troop Ledger? Our Troop Treasurer
> finds the program very difficult to use ...
We purchased TroopLedger a couple of years ago when we changed
treasurers. Although as SM I do not use it regularly, TL appeared to
be as easy to use as could be expected for a DOS-based ledger program.
(I believe that TroopMaster, Inc. is working on a Windows version of
TroopLedger. This will make the interface a bit more familiar and
easier to move around in, but it's STILL going to be a ledger
With the ease of using word processing and spreadsheet programs, it's
easy to believe that anything SHOULD be easy to use, all you need is
Microsoft to write it. (*grin*) However, a ledger program is NOT easy,
especially if you try to use all of its features. (Actually, word
processors isn't all that easy if you try to use their advanced
features before you've mastered the basics!)
Basically, you're doing bookkeeping using your PC. If you're not
familiar with bookkeeping procedures, ANY ledger program is going to
If your troop is a small troop, using a ledger program may be more
trouble than it's worth. You could more easily keep the financial
records in a ledger book. This would be true regardless of the program
My advice, if your troop is large enough to warrant using a ledger
program, is to start out very simply. Have one income category for
dues, one for fundraising. Have an expense category for equipment and
one for campouts. Unless you're already doing it, don't get into Scout
savings accounts, prorated amounts from fund-raisers or anything else
complex until you're accustomed to using the program.
If you do decide to use a Troop financial program (TL or some other),
expect to spend some time learning it and a fair amount of time (only
an hour a week!) keeping your data up to date.
(As a "postscript", let me add that our program is currently inactive,
because our troop shrank and is not really big enough to need the
assistance of an accounting program. We're trying to grow back to be
large and active enough to need the program again!)
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City