iPhone app has been updated


We have fixed a number of bugs in our latest version of our iPhone app.  Please make sure you update to version 1.0.5.  Our app gives you instant access to your advancement records.  You can record merit badges, rank advancements and activity information.

For example, let’s say you are at a service project.  Quickly pull out yout phone while you are there and record who was in attendance and how many hours each participant provided.

We are excited to hear your feedback on our app.  If you have ideas on how to make it better or easier to use, please let us know by sending an e-mail to support@etrailtoeagle.com.

Thanks!

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Have you read the new Swimming merit badge requirements?


New requirements were released for the Swimming merit badge. Read the following blog to educate yourself on what has changed.

http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/05/19/swimming-merit-badge-revised-in-time-for-summer-camp/

Here is a quick summary of the changes according to the article:

The new requirements focus more on teaching Scouts correct stroke mechanics while continuing to emphasize basic water skills. Previous requirements like snorkeling, competitive swimming and CPR (which Scouts learn more fully in other merit badges anyway) have been removed.

With the new requirements, the goal is to teach Scouts to swim with greater ease and efficiency, as well as keep them safe in and around the water.

Are you going to start your troop on the new requirements this summer?

New Trail to First Class Report


We are excited to rollout a new Trail to First Class report today.  This report is a complete roadmap of what needs to be done to achieve the First Class rank.  One the first page, we grouped the requirements into related categories to help leaders, parents and scouts quickly identify what it is they need to be working on.  The second page contains the standard listing of all the requirements grouoed by rank.  We also made the report available for email delivery via our Report Subscription page.  Schedule the report to be delivered to scouts and parents to encourage them to make consistant progress.

TTFC First Page TTFC Second Page

 

To access this feature, click on Reports and then Trail to First Class-Individual as shown below.

Report Center that contains all of the availabe scouting reports.
Report Center that contains all of the availabe scouting reports.

If you have ideas on how to improve the report, please let us know.

Enjoy!

Trail to First Class Report Subscription


We have updated our Report Subscriptions to include the Trail to First Class Report.  This means that you can schedule this report to be e-mailed on a schedule that you select.  Keep all leaders and parents up to date on the progress of each boy on their Trail to First Class.

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To access Report Subscriptions:

  1. Login to eTrailtoEagle.com
  2. Click on Scout Tracking
  3. Click on Report Subscriptions
  4. Click on Create new Report Subscription
  5. Follow the steps on the page to create your subscription.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

How do I renew my subscription?


To renew your Scout Module subscription visit our Subscription Information page. To view this page use the following steps:

  1. Login to eTrailToEagle.com
  2. Click on Scout Tracking
  3. Click on Subscription Status
  4. Click the Pay Now button and you can easily renew your subscription for another year.

If you have any questions on this process, please let us know.

Thanks!

The eTrailToEagle.com Team
www.eTrailToEagle.com

2010 Historical Merit Badge Program


2010 Historical Merit Badge Program

Merit badges have been a fixture of the Boy Scouts of America since its inception in 1910. The requirements that generations of boys have completed have taught lifetime citizenship lessons, personal fitness habits, and life skills. They have been the beginnings of countless careers and lifetime hobbies. In the last 99 years there have been many changes in the merit badge offerings. As society has changed, the Boy Scouts of America has adapted by revising the requirements, implementing name changes, and in some instances, eliminating some badges altogether.

For the 100th Anniversary celebration four vintage merit badges are being released for the Centennial Year only, giving Boy Scouts the hands-on opportunity to experience the exciting past of BSA.

Here are the basics of the 2010 Historical Merit Badge program:

  • An overall goal of the program is for a majority of our registered members to earn one or more of the badges during the Centennial year.
  • The merit badges closely resemble the original designs of the merit badges with the exception of the border which is a shiny gold thread that will be immediately identifiable as a 2010 Historical Merit Badge.
  • The badges offered have a history that can be traced back to the origins of the BSA.
  • The badges offered are not badges that have been morphed into a current merit badge.
  • The original merit badge requirements are used wherever possible.
  • Adaptations can be made for special needs Scouts.
  • The historic merit badges count towards a boy’s rank advancement.
  • Work on the badges is not to commence prior to January 1, 2010 and is to be finished no later than December 31, 2010.
  • BSA will not create or reprint pamphlets for the merit badges. Instead all information is posted to a special section of the 100th Anniversary web site.
  • Requirement can be found at www.scouting.org/100years
  • Each unit, district, and council is encouraged to identify qualified counselors for the badges.
  • Badges may be earned by individual Scouts, but districts and councils are encouraged to offer opportunities to work on at least some of these merit badges at summer camp or special Anniversary celebration

The 2010 Historical Merit Badges and their requirements are:

Carpentry — First offered in 1911. Discontinued in 1952.

  1. Demonstrate the use of the rule, square, level, plumb-line, miter, chalk-line and bevel.
  2. Demonstrate the proper way to drive, set, and clinch a nail, draw a spike with a claw-hammer, and to join two pieces of wood with screws.
  3. Show correct use of the cross-cut saw and of the rip-saw.
  4. Show how to plane the edge, end and the broad surface of a board.
  5. Demonstrate how to lay shingles.
  6. Make a simple article of furniture for practical use in the home or on the home grounds, finished in a workmanlike manner, all work to be done without assistance.

Pathfinding — First offered in 1911. Discontinued in 1952.

  1. Demonstrate a general knowledge of the district within a three-mile radius of the local Scout Headquarters, or his house so as to be able to guide people at any time day or night to points within this area.
  2. Know the population of the five principal neighboring towns and cities as selected by his Guide or Counselor. Demonstrate direction for reaching them from Scout Headquarters or his house.
  3. If in the country, know the breeds of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs owned on the five neighboring farms; if in the city, demonstrate directions to tourist camp and to five places for purchasing food supplies.
  4. Demonstrate how to direct tourists from his home to gas, oil, tire, and general auto repair.
  5. Give telephone number, if any, and directions for reaching the nearest police station, fire- fighting apparatus, Court House or Municipal Building, the nearest Country Farm Agent’s office, doctor, veterinarian and hospital.
  6. Know something of the history of his community and the location of its principal places of interest and public buildings.
  7. Submit a scale map, not necessarily drawn by himself, upon which he has personally indicated as much of the above-required informatiion.

Signaller — First offered in 1910. Discontinued in 1992.

  1. Make an electric buzzer outfit, wireless, blinker, or other signaling device. Send and receive in the International Morse Code, by buzzer or other sound device, a complete message of not less than 35 words, at a rate of not less than 35 letters per minute.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to send and receive a message in the International Morse Code by wigwag and by blinker or other light signaling device at a rate of not less than 20 letters per minute.
  3. Send and receive by Semaphore Code at the rate of not less than 30 letters per minute.
  4. Know the proper application of the International Morse Code and Semaphore Codes; when, where, and how they can be used to best advantage.
  5. Discuss briefly various other codes and methods of signaling which are in common use.

Tracking—First offered in 1911 as Stalker. Discontinued in 1952.

  1. Demonstrate by means of a tracking game or otherwise, ability to track skillfully in shelter and wind, etc., when occasion demands.
  2. Know and recognize the tracks of ten different kinds of animals or birds in his vicinity, three of which may be domestic.
  3. Submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed two different kinds of wild animals or birds on ordinary ground far enough to determine the direction in which they were going, and their gait or speed. Give names of animals or birds trailed, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed; or submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed six different kinds of wild animal or birds in snow, sand, dust or mud, far enough to determine the direction in which they were going, and their gait or speed. Give names of animals or birds trailed, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed.
  4. Submit evidence the he has scored at least 30 points from the following groups: [Group (f) and 4 of the 5 groups (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) must be represented in the score of 30 and at least 7 points must be scored from (a), (b), or (c)].

Make a clear photograph of:
(a) Live bird away from nest……………………………… 4 points
(b) Live woodchuck or smaller wild animal ………… 3 points
(c) Live wild animal larger than woodchuck ……….. 4 points
(d) Live bird on nest ………………………………………… 3 points
(e) Tracks of live wild animal or bird ………………….. 2 points
(f) Make satisfactory plaster cast of wild animal or bird tracks with identification imprint on back or each……………………………………………….. 2 points

Thanks!

The eTrailToEagle.com Team
http://www.eTrailToEagle.com

Converting from Troopmaster


We have made it very easy to convert from Troopmaster.  Save yourself hours of data entry by using this service.  We can import Scouts, Ranks and Merit Badges easily.  We just need you to export your data from Troopmaster and then send us the exported files.  Once we have the files, we will process the import for you.  If you would like to convert from Troopmaster, please follow these steps:

How to export Scout information

1. Open Troopmaster
2. From the File menu, select Export > ASCII Delimited
3. Turn on the option to “Include field names as first line of export”
4. Make sure the Format is set to “Comma delimited”
5. Change the “Select area” to “Scout Data”
6. Click the “Add All >>” button
7. Click on the Export button
8. Accept the default file name and click “Save”

You should now have a file named “Scout.txt”

How to export Rank information

1. Open Troopmaster
2. From the File menu, select Export > ASCII Delimited
3. Turn on the option to “Include field names as first line of export”
4. Make sure the Format is set to “Comma delimited”
5. Change the “Select area” to “Scout Rank Dates”
6. Click on the Export button
7. Accept the default file name and click “Save”

You should now have a file named “Rank Dates.txt”

How to export Merit Badge information

1. Open Troopmaster
2. From the File menu, select Export > ASCII Delimited
3. Turn on the option to “Include field names as first line of export”
4. Make sure the Format is set to “Comma delimited”
5. Change the “Select area” to “Scout Merit Badges”
6. Click on the Export button
7. Accept the default file name and click “Save”

You should now have a file named “Merit Badges.txt”

Now send these three files to support@etrailtoeagle.com and we will get them imported right away.

Please note that there are different version of Troopmaster out there.  Our directions might vary based on the version you are using.  We welcome your feedback on how we can make the instructions evern easier to follow.

Thanks!

The eTrailToEagle.com Team
www.eTrailToEagle.com

New BSA Advancement Report


How many times have you filled out the advancement report after a Scout Camp or a Merit Badge Pow Wow?  It can take a long time to fill this report in if you have a large troop.  Well, we are glad to announce a new Advancement Report that will do all of this for you.  This new report is part of the Court of Honor option in eTrailToEagle.com.

Here is a sample of what the report looks like:

To use this new report you will need to click on Court of Honor from the menu.  There you will see a list of awards that have been earned, but not yet purchased or awarded.  Our new report will include any Merit Badge and rank advancement that has not been purchased.  If these are items on this list that have already been purchased, make those changes before printing the report.

To run the report, use the report options at the bottom of the Court of Honor page.  Please note the other two reports that you can use.  One is a shopping list that makes it easy to know exactly what you need to purchase.  The other report is a presentation report that is useful when you are holding the Court of Honor.

We encourage everyone to start using this report immediately.  It will save you a lot of time!

As always, we welcome your feedback.  Please send us an e-mail at support@etrailtoeagle.com or make a comment on ourFacebook page.

Thanks!

The eTrailToEagle.com Team
http://www.eTrailToEagle.com

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