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#1 seattlescouter

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 06:18 PM

Hello from Seattle

Have served as a Den Leader for 3 yrs, then a cubmaster for 3 more years.

Both my boys are now in Boy Scouts and I am transitioning into Advancement Chair.

 

Here looking for info on that role.

 

Matt


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#2 RememberSchiff

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 06:21 PM

Welcome to scouter.com.


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#3 Lurking...

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 07:15 PM

Welcome to the forum.  As far as your duties as Advancement chair, there are no special requirements except maintaining advancement records of the information from the boy's handbooks, keeping track of when they have fulfilled the requirements, recording the information with the local council, buying the patches and making sure they are ready for presentation at the Court of Honor.  That usually involves SM and SPL signature in some cases.  A check of the Blue Cards and validating that information is also necessary for the MB's.  That information will not necessarily be in the scout's handbook.

 

I did this job for years, it's really just a lot of paperwork, but it's not that hard.  There are a couple of different software packages, including the BSA software that has made the job a lot easier than it was 30 years ago.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 07:30 PM

My previous Pack implemented scoutbook during my final year as Cubmaster. I'm a big fan of it and would like to start using it at my current Troop (for both advancement s well as the calendar, messaging functions etc). I heard there may be some other similar online apps/programs coming up soon- anyone have any news on this?


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 07:35 PM

My old troop used TroopMaster software.  It did the job but cost more than the freebie ScoutBook.


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