Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Re: advancement question
Re: advancement question
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 10:25:38 -0400
I am not going to pretend to know everything there is to advancement but
have been working this area for several years and have found that a good
software program (we use Troopmaster) is invaluable. We also have EVERY
4403 submitted on every scout probably for the past 20 years. Over the
past three years our troop has had 9 eagle scouts applications submitted.
Only one was returned to us because the scout had not completed a merit
badge. He did, council lost the 4403 and did not have it updated. I went
to my records, pulled out our copy of the 4403 and gave it to council who
made a copy of the form for their records.
Although I am not an employee of Troopmaster and don't get royalties, I can
tell you that it has made my job as ASM/Advancement MUCH easier. We have
56 active scouts and I can't image having to do the record keeping by hand.
In addition, Troopmaster has many reports to aid in management. For
instance, one we use regularly is 'Scouts not Advancing'. This report
insures that no scout slips thru the cracks.
ASM, Troop 120
At 09:48 AM 9/29/98 -0400, you wrote:
><<24 Sep 1998 07:25:51 Jon Dixon <dixonj@COLORADO.EDU>>
>Running Tight to the Wire Huh!!
>His Private Records, and Council's Computer
>seems to be the initial starting place.
>with Phone calls to his Old Leaders added.
>Thank Goodness this is all local and your
>Council likes you.
>1> Take the Eagle Application Form
>and work with him to fill it out.
>(Hopefully your Troop Advancement Person
>(not SM JonD)
>2>Meet with the Council Advancement Chair
>Have the Troop Advancement Person meet with
>this person and find out what paper work you
>have to rebuild.
>Considering they were so sloppy you may end
>up finding him not fullfilling some requirements
>that to you are obvious or being far behind
>on the Required Merit Badges.
>4>BIGGER UT OH!! Star now and 17 YIKES!!
>Getting through two leadership 6 month assignments,
>etc at Life and Eagle Ranks is going to be difficult.
>Read those back pages.
>Again recommend your Troop Adv person talk this over
>with your Council Adv Ch and hope that Scouts-Lrs
>CA-ChrisH, BruceC, PaulW, or one of Scouts-Ls
>Council Adv Chairman will catch this and expand.
>YiS, IMHO, and may we each attempt to live the SO,SL,SS,SM
>Mr Dave (Hawleyton, NY (Baden-Powell Council