Does anyone have any ideas on how to track the indoor camping or the special events that we do that don’t fall under hiking, camping or service hours?
By “indoor camping” do you mean cabin camping or virtual camping? At the Scoutmaster’s discretion, those types of camping can be counted towards Order of the Arrow eligibility or the NOA Camping award.
As for how to track them, you could include them in the Camping log. If you do not want the nights to be included in the Order of the Arrow Eligibility Report, then I think you could put “0” for the nights of camping, and then put the details in the title or the notes.
For other things, you can put them in the Scoutbook calendar and track them using the Attendance Report.
Just to be clear, cabin camping currently does qualify for OA if the scoutmaster approves?
The camping eligibility requirements for Order of the Arrow are:
Have experienced 15 nights of Scout camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
And from the Order of the Arrow FAQs:
Q/A: Camping Requirement Interpretation
Q: Who decides what camping activities qualify for the camping requirement needed for election to the Order of the Arrow?
A: With the camping requirement, as with all other eligibility requirements, it is the unit leader’s job to interpret whether a Scout has met the requirement.
OK Thanks and thanks for the tip, I will give that a try.
So a suggestion for Scoutbook/Internet Advancement’s activity logs (and other approvals). I typically enter an entire outing after its completion with the complete attendance. Then usually a few parents enter their own scout’s participation as a single item. I used to be able to just delete those. Now I have only two options: Approve, or leave it in my approval queue forever. Can we have the ability to reject (perhaps with a comment field)?
Ryan, et al. Have same question where I as AdvChair enter all troop activities when received and some scouts entering their activities as duplicates. Our only options in IA are to approve or incomplete. Does incomplete remove the entry?
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