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  1. we use Troopwebhost for calendar and communications, it looks like with the new scoutbook, we can export from Scoutbook into TWH so scouts can see advancements as well.
  2. I'm in the same boat - I can now log into scoutbook after not being able to log into it for the last few weeks, but there are no units under "My Dashboard" - I assume sync is still in progress.
  3. That's the key point in your quote. In a Scout-led unit, the PLC would establish this requirement, not the Scoutmaster. But to me it begs the bigger issue of 'why' are the older Scouts not attending outings. This is pretty common across units I've seen, and usually is attributable to a number of things including lack of a program for the older Scouts, too many distractions, and too much of a focus on the older Scouts simply being their to teach the younger Scouts. Ultimately this should involve a conversation with the older Scouts to find out what they want to do, and what would get them m
  4. Right, and as I noted in my original post, when we try that (both our COR and our advancements chair), we get an error: "It looks like your BSA account is not setup with Scoutbook, if you have a Scoutbook account please login with your email/password then choose the option to link your my.Scouting.org account. If you do not have a Scoutbook account please complete the signup form to link your account." I searched for "scoutbook sign up form" and found this: https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/signup.asp. however, after submitting it I get "whoops! we encountered an error trying to process y
  5. what did you do to set up the link? We can't even log into Scoutbook.
  6. Our advancements chair and COR are unable to log into Scoutbook using my.scouting.org credentials, all the documentation on the Scoutbook site says that they've enabled single sign-on, so we should use our my.scouting.org credentials to access Scoutbook. WIth IA now going away we're stuck, and Scoutbook support has been non-responsive. Anyone else having the same issue?
  7. I really appreciate everyone's feedback. I'm very new to Venturing as well so it's a learning experience. I started on the committee training program last night. :-)
  8. Hi All, We have a six year-old Troop of approximately 60 boys, given that our first patrols were 11 when we started, they are beginning to age out. Couple with that, we've really struggled to put together a program that keeps our older Scouts involved (various attempts to start a "high adventure patrol" have fizzled as they just went with the normal Troop program, and while older Scouts do mostly attend meetings, they don't really do much). So, we're looking at starting a Crew on the idea that it will keep Scouts active beyond their 18th birthday, give the Crew their own identity, and
  9. https://www.countrymeats.com has good Scout programs. Our most successful fundraisers have been Wreaths Across America, and buying a few hundred dozen Krispy Kreme donuts and selling them at local storefronts or parks during Saturday sporting events. KK will sell them to you for something like $3 a box, with extra free boxes based quantity purchased. We stopped doing the donut sales though as it seemed like people are becoming donut averse. Our next effort is to sell spirit cups - http://www.spiritcupsfundraising.com/fundraising-products/spiritcups/
  10. the scouting alumni association appears to be part of the BSA: http://www.scoutingalumni.org/site/c.ejIPK1NNLgJ0E/b.9309477/k.BF3E/Home.htm
  11. The American Wood Badge Alumni group has created a special award to celebrate 70 years of wood badge. Details here: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/01/24/earn-this-special-patch-to-celebrate-70-years-of-wood-badge-in-us/ To apply for the award: https://www.americanwoodbadge.org/70th-anniversary-award
  12. Some new info from TroopWebHost: ” TroopWebHost will support the ability to transfer advancement data to the new Scoutbook Lite program. The BSA has confirmed that Scoutbook Lite will provide the ability to upload advancement information from a CSV file, similar to the Internet Advancement upload function. TroopWebHost will be able to produce a file in the required format. We are in direct communication with the BSA IT group and expect to receive detailed specifications in plenty of time to allow our customers to make a smooth transition.”
  13. Here's what we received from Troopwebhost:
  14. Some new info posted this morning by the Commisioners of the BSA. They specifically say no API support for third party apps. ——
  15. FWIW at Jamboree we had a few adults who needed a CPAP, they brought solar chargers and large battery packs. There are lots of battery-powered CPAP devices on the market that are designed for travel as well. That might be an option.
  16. I agree with what everyone else said - CC cannot mandate where Webelos go, that's up to the individual Scouts and their parents. That being said, there are some advantages to starting a Troop from the ground up in that the boys will have instant leadership opportunities they may not receive in other units. We started a new Troop with all Webelos and one sibling who was a Tenderfoot, he was our first SPL at age 13. On the other hand, many boys may prefer more established programs. Best of luck!
  17. thanks blw2. We've been VERY happy with TWH, the steady stream of upgrades and the incredibly quick response we get when asking for new features or for assistance would make us very reluctant to move off of it. We use it as well to manage scout accounts, as well as to manage our Troop inventory. Still, we're doing double work tracking advancements as we track in both TWH and Internet Advancements, so Scoutbook has some appeal to us. Hopefully HelpfulTracks mention of a possible API enabling integration between TWH and Scoutbook comes to pass.
  18. Hi All, We've been using TWH for about five years to pretty much run all aspects of our Troop and we love it. However, with BSA pushing Scoutbook, and today's announcement that Scoutbook will replace Internet Advancements (https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/12/21/scoutbook-lite-to-replace-bsas-internet-advancement-platform-in-early-2018/), i'm thinking it's time to revisit Scoutbook. From what I've been able to tell, TWH is far superior for tracking finances, equipment inventory, and for allowing parents to access their Scout's account. Has anyone made the switch? Or, is anyone us
  19. Hoping this is the right forum for this question. We have had several Life Scouts who have used GoFundMe to raise money for their Eagle Projects. They are filling out fundraising apps if they need to raise more than $500. Our concern is that if the Scouts are using their own accounts, then there is potential for abuse. We're wondering how other units handle GFM and similar sites. Do they route funds to the Troop and then have the Troop treasurer reimburse the Scout for out-of-pocket expenses and then turn over excess funds to the beneficiary? Or do they just let the Scout raise t
  20. For those of you in the D.C. area, wildsafe.org runs a FANTASTIC WFA/WFR program, it's a bit pricey but i've spoken to several who have taken 'cheap' training and the experience is nowhere near as good. The two guys who run the program are both Eagle Scouts. I took their course in May of 2015 and am retaking it with my boys in June. The instructors evenly balance classroom and hands-on to ensure you get to practice what you learn. Our final 'graduating' scenario in 2015 involved three campers who had been attacked by bears, complete with impalements, compound fractures, burns, and lacerate
  21. Hi All, I seem to recall that it is prohibited for us to post full names of our Scouts in public areas of our web site, but I can't find any conformation after digging through the BSA social media, privacy and COPPA pages. The issue came up as we had an event entitled "John Smith's Eagle Project" posted to the public section of our site. Am I mis-remembering? To be safe we removed the last name, but I'd like to know if there's a specific policy available. YiS,
  22. CT, thanks for your response. As I understand it after talking to insurance agents, our DE, and reading whatever I could find, if the trailer were to separate from a vehicle, the vehicle owner's liability insurance is the primary vehicle. BSA insurance kicks in as the secondary policy. See: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/04/03/ask-the-expert-how-should-scouters-handle-insurance-for-troop-trailers/. Of course there's always the risk of someone who is injured filing suit against the driver, Troop leaders, CO, national BSA, etc. So our real concern was around any kind of liability
  23. just to clarify, we are paying the bill via our CO, the CO is taking out the policy and handling all the paperwork. So we are giving the CO a check out of our Troop funds.
  24. thanks for the responses, our CO is small and is in the process of obtaining their own liability insurance, they are a community organization that does not have any property or facility, so no theft of their own. We ended up paying for theft insurance and property liability for about $350 a year.
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