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    • Nathan, poke around this site and look for discussions about merit badges, merit badge fairs, merit badge universities, etc., and the concerns abou them. I think you will see why there is some reticence. You are young with a lot of enthusiasm. I think most of us on this site are older with a lot of cynicism. I think what we need to deal with is that the scouting way  of old  is really an anti app culture, but the scout of tomorrow is likely going to want apps. Somehow, if scouting survives, people like you will need to figure out how to make sure scouting stays both personal and relevant. Good luck. 
    • So should I just forget about this idea... seems like people don't really like the idea. 😕
    • A few comments.   I have no issue with people scanning records.   If scanned, you need to assume it will exist for a long time ... longer than you planned and ... in more hands than you'd ever expect.  It's unrealistic to expect volunteer parents to cleanly purge records.   It's unrealistic to expect volunteer parents to cleanly follow paperwork procedures.  At least with paper, it's a physical limitation.  Where's the paper ?  It takes space.  It requires explicit hand off.  They don't proliferate without action.  I've found paper records from 20+ years ago.  As I've found old paper records, I've also found old electronic records ... in weird spots.  All it takes is a volunteer change.  One volunteer has one procedure.  The next has a different one.   If your troop changes the volunteer lead for each campout, I'd expect electronic records to spread wide and fast.  Our troop procedure Our SM / camping coordinator shared responsibility for the health forms.   On many trips, there was a two gallon zip lock bag stored strategically in the scoutmasters backpack.  Other times, it was in the troop trailer in a small locked cabinet. Other times, it was with the official medicine person if we had one. Usefulness Hospitals / emergencies ... I've found doctors don't really trust the form in emergencies.  They glance at it, but then need to still do everything.  ... And sadly, I've probably been involved in 5 to 10 ER trips.  ... Thankfully, none in the last four years.   Troop volunteers ... I've found the form most useful to the key adults in the troop to know how to dispense medicine or handle emergencies inside the troop. I find the whole medical form thing to be way more debated / stressed than it really needs to be.  Get a paper copy.  But it in a binder or a zip lock bag alphabetically.  Then, move on.
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    • something like this is what I would like to do.   But...    
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