Re: National's Computer Program
Milt Forsberg (miltf@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU)
Fri, 3 Oct 1997 11:19:14 -0500
Regarding a National database and/or council database...
National does not have an advancement database. They do maintain
information on registration, but that is as far as it goes. Imagine the
effort in maintaining one for every Scout! It would take a huge staff.
Local councils do have the option of using a database provided by
National for advancement records. It is maintained entirely in the local
council office computer. The program is supported by National in that
the local gets it from National and National has support people available
to assist with problems and training. Advancement records are not
transmitted to National. Use of this database is optional within each
council. It is not free. Councils must pay for it and to maintain it
(upgrades, etc.) Thus, some councils may not be on it yet, although it
has been around for many years. It is unix type based on a large PC. It
seems fairly efficient except there is no archive available. When a boy
is no longer registered, his record vanishes. I suggested the council
print it out and maintain a paper file, but I don't think this is done in
our council. It makes it difficult if the boy comes back a year or two
So, you have the option of digging through paper files for history, or
using the database available to the council. At any rate, all these
records are kept locally.
I was on the committee to select the database and recommend the council
either take it or leave it. We took it and everyone seems happy. I hope
this helps clarify the database question.
SM, Troop 7
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