reservation systems for HA bases
William N. Dilla (sdilla@UMSLVMA.UMSL.EDU)
Tue, 7 Apr 1998 12:45:36 -0500
Michael Kauffmann wrote:
>I agree that this is a huge waste of time. I have not been
>following this thread but when I saw your statement, an idea
>popped into my head. Why not run it like a lottery? Everyone
>interested in attending a high adventure base fills out a
>form. Upon arrival at the high adventure base, the form is
>assigned a number and filed. On D-Day, a computer picks
>numbers at random. The staff then calls Scouters to make
>arrangements. And since there is no rush, this could be
>accomplished over 1-2 weeks instead of in a day.
>There is the possibility of abuse -- groups sending in dozens
>of application forms -- so there might need to be a $2.00
>application fee. This would also help cover the cost of them
>phoning us instead of the other way around.
Mike--I hadn't been following this either, but when I saw your note, I too
was wondering why the national HA bases don't use a lottery system. The
GSLAC uses a lottery for summer camp and winter cabin camping and it works
great. You have to list a number of choices of date and campsite. If you're
pulled early enough to get one of your choices, you get notified by mail.
If not, the staff calls you to consult on other alternatives. It's not even
computerized, just the Council camping desk people pulling forms by hand.
It does take them a few days to do each lottery, but it's more fair and
As for the possibility of abuse, I'd just instruct people that they could
only send in 1 application, then trust them to remember the 1st point of
the Scout Law.
Scoutmaster, Troop 310
New Horizons District--Greater St. Louis Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City