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The importance of record keeping

posted Feb 3, 2011, 10:03 AM by Troop 150 Announce   [ updated Feb 3, 2011, 10:15 AM ]



I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to maintain good records of what you have accomplished. Your books, blue cards, nights camping, and service hours.  We recently had a situation where councils records were not accurate.


At a recent troop meeting I strongly suggested you keep all your blue cards in baseball card sleeves that go into a 3 ring binder.  In addition keep the Merit badge cards you receive when you are awarded the badge at the court of honor.


This is your proof of your achievements in scouting.  There is always a chance information gets recorded in the computer incorrectly or not at all.  Unfortunately it might take years to surface – usually when you go for Eagle.   Having your records is a sure way to clear up any mistakes quickly.


In addition, record somewhere (in your books or in a spreadsheet) all your nights camping (tent, cabin and summer camp). Before going for your camping merit badge see me to find out how many nights camping you need according to our system.

Also note: This is the last call for 100 year anniversary badge blue cards.  If we don’t purchase them soon they will not be available to us.  Deadline to submit your completed blue cards to me is Thursday Feb 13th


Pete Lines

Advancement Chairman