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    We looked into pack management and tracking software 1-1/2 or 2 years ago, but decided to go with our own pack web site, a seperate email group list service, and google calendar.I'm not completely satisfied, so I'm taking another look.
    It seems that there are several new options out there....... Scoutbook, Scout Link, and maybe a few more
    and I really didn't take good notes for my last search, and they have likely be updated anyway......

    So please help me cut to the chase. Anybody out there using these new ones.......
    What are you using?

    I really don't care all that much about tracking. We've found that it's hard to get data from the boys and parents..... and figure in the end tracking really doesn't matter for cubs anyway.
    We really just need a site for posting upcoming events, and showing what we've done (for recruiting, etc...)
    ​file sharing
    photo sharing is good
    calendar sharing
    email distribution

  • #2
    cubtrails.com
    But, I would also say that tracking advancement is also important since it will tell you if a Den Leader isn't doing their job as well as a scout might not be showing up.

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    • qwazse
      qwazse commented
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      Wouldn't the lack of awards from the den at a pack meeting tell you the same thing?

  • #3
    No. Not really.

    I used to have that happen from one Den to another. They would ask where their awards were to hand them out. I would reply...did you update Packmaster and let me know you needed them to be bought. They would reply...Oh...yah.

    I did have a Wolf Den, now Webelos II that barely got in all the requirements for the Wolf Badge. I ended up firing that DL. He limped everything in. It was my first year as Cubmaster and he is an Eagle. He sold himself on that and how his family was way into it. Suckered in. I got my lesson that year.

    So, they could be updating the advancement area and not handing things out because they forgot to buy let the Awards Chair know to buy.

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    • Jeffrey H
      Jeffrey H commented
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      Had a similar experience in my Pack. Eagle Scouts that sign-up as leaders are no guarantee of good performance.

    • blw2
      blw2 commented
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      our eagle leaders are very willing to help when asked, but are very "low energy" for sure.

  • #4
    We use Scouttrack and are happy with it.

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    • #5
      We use PackMaster (Cub Scout version of Troopmaster) and it does a good job. No complaints.


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      • #6
        There sure are a lot of choices, but many of these are never mentioned when this topic comes up. I find that telling.
        also a bit disturbing. If there are that many options, that screams that there are a lot of people out there that see a need. Several of these I rarely if ever see mentioned here in discussions with active scouters..... so, how many of these services are about to fold?
        Also, there really doesn't seem to be one clear solution that really shines and answers most folks needs or wants.
        Personally, I think most of this "conflict" comes from too much focus and getting hung up on award and rank tracking when that just simply doesn't need to be a big deal. Maybe I have that wrong......

        Still, I spent a few minutes just now, making a list
        I was thinking of making a matrix to eliminate the ones that don't have what I need..... things like file sharing for the committee (things like notes, inventories, meeting minutes), email, photo share, etc...
        Anyway, here's what I found in the last few minutes. Am I missing any good ones?

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        • Sidney Porter
          Sidney Porter commented
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          I doubt many of these are about to fold because of lack of demand. My guess is that they were created by a software developer who was involved with a unit and created his own dB to track. He then decided to market that software. It isn't like these companies have a staff of people and a need to make payroll.

          Once the dB was created I don't think there is a lot of update from the dev side that need to occur. Also once a unit gets the software they are probably unlikely to switch to another software so you get the annual license renewal for very little up keep.

          I guess I am not following how your unit keeps track of the scouts progress. I would not want to attempt to remember who showed up to what meeting and worked on what items.

      • #7
        blw2 ... nice list. I also fully agree with what you said. There is too much emphasis on detailed requirement tracking. IMHO, let the scout track it in his book or use the BSA scoutet sign-in. We use scouttrack.com and soarol.com. I love soarol.com because of the great features. ScoutTrack.com is loved by our unit leaders who are very much into painful requirement tracking. but it seems to defeat the intention of scouting and make scouting just more homework.

        Anyway, nice list. We've used SOAROL.com for many years now. Life saver.

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        • #8
          Thanks Fred
          I'll take a closer look at Soarol for sure.....
          what about it is a "life saver" for you?
          Anything you don't like about it?

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          • #9
            Originally posted by fred johnson View Post
            blw2 ... nice list. I also fully agree with what you said. There is too much emphasis on detailed requirement tracking. IMHO, let the scout track it in his book or use the BSA scoutet sign-in. We use scouttrack.com and soarol.com. I love soarol.com because of the great features. ScoutTrack.com is loved by our unit leaders who are very much into painful requirement tracking. but it seems to defeat the intention of scouting and make scouting just more homework.

            Anyway, nice list. We've used SOAROL.com for many years now. Life saver.
            ​What don't you like about scouttrack other than the 1990's interface? As a den leader, I like having an online place to keep track of the status of the boys progress and use it to discuss with parents what still needs to be done. I don't understand the homework part of it? I don't think that I change how I work with the program with my son, den, and pack based on scout track.

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            • #10
              Has anyone came across a tracking spreadsheet for the Belt loops and Pins that include the added ones in 2010?

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              • #11
                Try this website for the tracking sheets

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                • #12
                  I've gotten side tracked, need to get back on this.

                  still haven't found something that's not cluttered up with award tracking though....
                  just want something good at
                  • email serving
                  • announcements
                  • calendar
                  • photo & file sharing

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                  • Sidney Porter
                    Sidney Porter commented
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                    If you don't need the awards tracking portion you can expand you search to non scouting software. I would look into Sharepoint or search for Sharepoint alternatives.
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