Re: National's Computer Program
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 11:31:41 -0400
Dewitte A. Baisch wrote:
> 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
> troop. The query became head-scratching, then confusion, then concern,
> 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
> Who wrote the program that national uses? I say national and naturally
> assume that all councils are connected to BSA HQ through the same
> program. Can a Scout be recorded as making Tenderfoot on one date and
> also be credited with having attended Woodbadge a week later? Are there
> 22 and 23 year-old Explorer Scouts on the active roles because the
> national program allows such things? Have you ever noticed that there more snips
National Program? Connected to BSA HQ? I don't think so. Too much
credit given. Only advancement information your likely to find at
National would be a record of Eagle - and that's not yet fully
automated. Whatever information might be available on a "transcript"
would only be at a council level and would be that which was recorded
and provided to the council by the troop advancement committee/chair.
I have not personaly worked with the computer and software "available"
from National since around 1994 but the system was a UNIX based
accounting and point of sale system based originally (this is my opinion
and best guess) on "Real World" (TM) (or similar) accounting package.
The focus of the software was certainly not advancement or even
Things change. Call your council office if your looking for "official"
information. You might even try your Regional HQ since the regional
offices (used to) provide the software support to the Councils.
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