Re: National's Computer Program
James taylor (jimt.klahican@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 11:18:13 -0400
Dewitte A. Baisch wrote:
> The transcript for one of our new Scouts (he's First Class) came in to
> the Scout Office and I went by to look at it (their copier is down so
> they wanted to hang on to the fax from the other council until they
> could make a copy for their records. No problem.). The registrar showed
> me a discrepancy on the transcript. The transcript shows that the Scout
> made Tenderfoot on such-and-such date and then First Class on
> another-date. There was no mention of him ever making Second Class. It
> also showed the Scout earning his Arrow of Light AFTER he made
These problems arise because of the way "we" turn in advancement reports
-- usually right before a Court of Honor, with several scouts listed as
earning several ranks/ merit badges all on the same list. The registar
picks up the date on the top of the form and enters the data. Bingo,
Johnny earned First Aid, Swimming, Second Class all on June 12, 1997.
Actually, he earned them in the right order, it just wasn't reported
> How can this be fixed? Is there an office, or person to contact, who is
> in charge of the software national and the councils use? Is the problem
> even greater in scope than what I have mentioned so far?
The simple fix is to get the registars to pay attention to the dates in
the report. The only REAL solution (not a solution, but a sure fire
backup) is to be sure to keep the unit copy of those advancement reports
and track your boys carefully so that questions can be buffered with the
hard copy. Computers will give you just what thay get.
> Fellow Scouters, WE'VE got a problem!
> Yours in Scouting,
> Dewitte A. Baisch (Sandy)
> Scoutmaster, Troop 411, Circle 7 District, Alapaha Area Council, Georgia
> "..if it ain't raining, we ain't camping!"
> Visit Troop 411 at: http://www.datasys.net/~dbaisch/troop411/index.htm
> firstname.lastname@example.org (..and one of them good ol' bobwhites)
We do have a problem, but the likelyhood that national's computer will
be the solution is small.
James Taylor Red Fox SE-308
email@example.com Machkeu Wulalowe Sly Red Fox
Klahican 331 Record Keeper Cape Fear Council
1997 National Jamboree Staff Trading Post A
"A good man dies when a boy goes wrong."
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