jbh001 wrote:Most of the current tracking programs track scouting advancement. ...
At any rate, this type of tracking is best handled by the YW & YM/Scout leaders in the ward as it has little to do with MLS.
MLS currently provides reminders via the Action Interview List (the exact name escapes me at the moment). And when things are functioning appropriately, the progress of the youth is reviewed regularly in Bishops Youth Committee (BYC), the Aaronic Priesthood equivalent of PEC (whose official name also escapes me at the moment, "APC"?), PEC, Troop and Pack committee meetings, and as needed Ward Council and Ward Welfare. There is a lot of overlap apparently designed in to all of this.
I've heard it said that one of the purposes of the YM & YW programs is to train the youth how to lead, plan, administrate, and administer. Thus the youth should, as much as possible, be planning and executing the youth programs. The adult leaders are there to be a safety net, and to train and advise the youth how to do it, not do it for them. From that perspective, APC becomes the youth training ground for PEC, and BYC the youth training ground for Ward Council.
Scouting advancements, YW Personal Progress, Duty to God, and Seminary participation/graduation are not tracked as official "church records" within MLS. So I'm not quite sure what need you are seeing that needs to be filled that doesn't already have viable alternatives. Perhaps you could clarify a bit more.
It was interesting to read about APC/BYC being training grounds for PEC/Ward Council in later years. It does make sense.
Regarding tracking of scout advancement... Why isn't the Church allowing an open source scout progress tracking project to be started on LDSTech that would ultimately integrate into the Church's Stake and Ward Website? You've got policies that demonstrate extreme concern for the security of youth data, and you're talking about "viable alternatives", which I believe are alluding to third party systems storing youth data over which the Church has no control. From the data security policies' perspective, that doesn't seem to me to be a viable alternative.
Was scout advancement brought up at this year's LDSTech 2010 Developers Conference? There must be many software developer/scout leaders like myself--that would love to contribute--which have felt the pain over the years of not having an integrated system. Since scouting is "the activity arm of the Priesthood" which consumes church funds, it seems like such a logical need/fit.
What are the main issues that are preventing a scout tracking system that ties into Church's Stake and Ward Website? (perhaps one is that not all the scouts are Church members, so now you're talking about tracking non-member data in the Church system???).