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Troop 11 Committee has purchased the Troopmaster program, an off-the-shelf software designed to manage a variety of Scouting activities. Troopmaster is used by hundreds of troops, interfaces with ScoutNET (BSAs central record-keeping system) and is updated periodically to keep up with changes in advancement requirements and merit badges. It replaces 3-ring binders and folders used to track our Scouts advancement, Adult training, Troop Calendar, and Rosters. Troopmaster Web
In addition to the software, a subscription to Troopmaster Web has been purchased. Troopmaster Web is the tool that enables everyone in the Troop 11 community to see their relevant information via the Internet.
What does this mean for the groups in our community? Our Scouts can see a summary of their achievements and chart their path to Eagle. Patrol Leaders can use data to plan meetings and campouts to maximize the fun of troop activities and rank advancement. Scouters can track & plan necessary adult training, and reduce time on administrative tasks. Our chartered organization can see the Troop calendar of events and accomplishments. All with password security and redundant server systems (our info is duplicated on 4 Troopmaster Web servers, so if a server(s) crashes, our data is not lost).
At this time, Troopmaster does not replace Troop 11’s website at www.boyscouttroop11.orgThe official record of advancement remains a properly signed document: Merit Badge Application & Certificate or Board of Review form. Scouts are to maintain their records of advancement.
Each Scout and relevant Troop 11 community members has been assigned a USER NAME and PASSWORD to the Troop 11 Troopmaster website at www.troopmasterweb.com/troop11stl. If you have not been assigned a User Name and password or lost it, you need to contact the troop’s advancement chair.
Troop 11 Advancement Process, March 2014 update
Currently, Scoutmaster and Advancement Chairman is Matt Fister
- Scout performs all BSA advancement requirements in Scout Handbook for the upcoming rank, obtains necessary signatures with dates.
- For pending rank advancement, Scout brings all relevant documentation to Advancement Chairman, requests Scoutmaster Conference.
- Signed handbook and merit badge cards (if required) for next rank
- From Troopmaster Web, a current printout of scout’s Individual Participation report, including weekly meetings and camping/camporees, since date of last rank advancement
- www.troopmasterweb.com/troop11stl click “Reports”, then “Individual Participation”. Click on the Scout’s name, click on type of events to count, and enter all dates. Site will create a printable .pdf file.
- Advancement Chairman reviews documentation. Upon approval, enters accomplishment dates in Troopmaster and provides Board of Review (BoR)form (from Troopmaster) to Scout via e-mail.
- Scout requests Scoutmaster Conference with Scoutmaster.
- At Conference, Scout brings printed BoR form to Scoutmaster Conference with a pen.
- At Conference, Scoutmaster signs and returns BoR form and pen to Scout.
- Scout schedules Board of Review with Advancement Chairman.
- Advancement Chairman recruits a minimum of 2 additional adult leaders to perform BoR.
- Scout brings BoR form to Board of Review.
- Board of Review is conducted and, upon rank advancement approval, signed by all attending leaders.
- The Scout's advancement date is the same date as the signature of the BoR form.
- Scout returns signed BoR form and signed merit badge cards to Advancement Chairman
- Advancement Chairman enters advancement information on Troopmaster.
- Advancement Chairman uses form when purchasing badges at Scout Shop to be presented at upcoming Court of Honor
- At Court of Honor, signed form original and merit badge cards are returned to the Scout with relevant rank and merit badges, to be kept by the Scout as part of Scout’s permanent record.
Deadline for finished Boards of Review are 2 weeks before next scheduled Court of Honor
Rank advancement for Star, Life, and Eagle.
It is well known to achieve Star, Life, and Eagle each scout must earn a certain number of Merit Badges, besides earning Merit Badges, there are two other important requirements for these ranks that have been establish through BSA:
Troop 11 wants to ensure that each scout has meet these requirements. In doing so, the Troop has come up with the following standards for each of the Requirement.
The following two requirements, for Star, Life, and Eagle rank, have been defined as followed:
- Participation: A scout must be active in his Troop. This means we want to see the scouts smiling faces at Troop meeting and Camping trips and experience all aspect of the scouting program. We want each scout to attend 50% of the troop meetings and 50% of all non-district camping trips.
- To obtain a position, each scout needs to look over the Leadership Guideline, which describes all of the positions and their responsibilities.
- Once the scout know which position they would like they must complete a "Leadership Application".
- Scout will turn in the application to the Senior Patrol Leader (Scoutmaster for some of the positions).
- Senior Patrol Leader will make a decision, when approved your position will begin.
- At the conclusion of each month, you need to turn in a Progress Report to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (Scoutmaster for some positions) at a Troop meeting or any other Troop functions. This progress report will be you ticket to give you credit for the month of service towards your leadership position and a good way to track what you have accomplish for the month.
- Assistant Senior Patrol Leader will turn in the form to Scoutmaster/Advancement Chairman.
NOTE: All Leadership positions terms begin in September 1st or upon approval of your position and the terms end May 31st. All scouts will continue to hold their positions through the summer months (June, July, and August) but NO CREDIT for service for advancement will be given to scouts during this time frame.
NOTE: Attendance requirement for your leadership position varies by the position that you choose. For the attendance requirement for your leadership position, please refer to the Leadership Guideline document.
All of these documents located on the forms tab, in the Leadership section
NOTE: Troop 11 complies with the BSA advancement process, but each Troop has its individual standards, processes and traditions as described above.