Re: National's Computer Program
Ken Segota (ksegota@UIDAHO.EDU)
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 08:51:24 -0700
We have noticed the same sorts of problems in our Council's records.
There are probably alot of reasons for these mistakes but I don't beleave
the software BSA is using is capable of checking for these errors.
Probably just data bases. Our district advancement chairman has done
checks and found a rather large number of errors in the council data base
for his troop, If I remember it was something like 25% of the boys had at
least an error.
Most entries are done by number, the scouts registration
number and the meritbadge number, not names and a type-O can give the boy
an entirely different badge, this is the most common error we find. Or
the badge may go to the wrong boy, type-O on boy's number.
His suggestion was to have the council run a Troop Advancement Report and
print it for you and check it against your Troop records. Any errors can
be corrected by sending a letter to the Council with the corrections, We
include photocopies of our troop forms just as proof but have not had any
problems getting things fixed. A scout who just passed his Eagle BOR that
used to be in our troop got his Packet bounced back from Council because a
date on a BOR for either Star or Life had gotten enter wrong ( it said he
had the BOR before the date on a metir badge he used for that rank ).
Actually this one was the troops fault, someone left the 1 of the 17th on
the date for the BOR on the Advancement Form but he had his book that all
the BOR mebers had signed and dated. Council accepted it and made the
corrections. Remember KEEP COPPIES OF EVERYTHING.
Ken Segota ASM Troop 344 Moscow, Idaho District Committee Member
"used to be an Owl, always an Eagle"
On Wed, 24 Sep 1997, Dewitte A. Baisch wrote:
> Howdy, Scouts-L gang!
> I've become aware of a problem that began as a query for a transcript
> from a council for a youth who has moved to our area and joined our
> and before it advances to alarm, I thought I'd throw it out to the group
> and see if any other Scouters have noticed a similar problem and ask
> what can be done about it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City