Posted on 26 May 2011 by Dan
This is part of a new feature here on Scouting News. With the increasing number of Scouting related applications for phones I’ve decided to feature a new one each week. You can see a list of Scouting Apps.
This week I took a look at an application called BSA Quick Guide
. BSA Quick Guide is a quick reference application for basic Scouting information for your Android Device. Version 1.04 is available in the Android market. There is a free version
and a paid version
which is the same app it just includes a 99 cent donation to the developer.
The BSA Quick Guide App
is not very pretty, just white or blue text on a black background. Don’t let the lack of fancy graphics fool you though, this is a quick reference app and doesn’t have to be showy. The BSA Quick Guide App is divided into five categories: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing, and Adults. Unfortunatly Varsity, Venturing, and Adults are listed as “Coming Soon…”
The Cub Scout Section of the BSA Quick Guide App features:
- References: Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack, Cub Scout Motto, Webelos Meaning, Whittling Chip Promise, and Hiking Safety Rules.
- Tiger Cub Rank, Bobcat Rank, Wolf Rank, Wolf Electives, Bear Rank, Bear Electives, Webelos Rank, Webelos Compas Points, Webelos Activity Badges.
- Academics and Sports Program Requirements.
- Arrow of Light Requirements.
The Boy Scout Section of the BSA Quick Guide App features:
- Basic Scouting references such as Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto, Scout Slogan, Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace Promise.
- Advancement Requirements: Scout Badge, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle, Eagle Palms.
- Eagle Scout required Merit Badge requirements.
Each requirement has a checkbox that can be checked or unchecked. This allows the app to be a reference for what requirements a Scout has completed but it should not replace the handbook checklist or merit badge blue cards. The application does not allow a date or initials to be entered.
While the information is basic, this is a great handy app for leaders to have requirements available within reach at all times. It would be great if the developer added the other merit badges and three identified “coming soon” sections. Hopefully the developer will keep it updated each year when requirements change.
BSA Quick Guide was developed by George R. Cain Jr. BSA Quick Guide is not an official Boy Scouts of America Application. The developer makes clear that it is not a replacement for the Scouting handbooks. The application is a guide and reference for when the merit badge or handbook is not available to you.
Check out the other Scouting Apps!
Posted on 28 April 2011 by Dan
I’m starting a new feature here on Scouting News. With the increasing number of Scouting related applications for phones I’ve decided to feature a new one each week.
This week I’m taking a look at an application called Helleniechsin. Helleniechsin is an English-Lenape Dictionary of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indian) language as spoken by the Moravian Missionaries in the 18th Century for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Version 1.0 is currently available in the App Store.
The Helleniechsin App features:
- An alphabetically indexed dictionary of Lenni Lenape words.
- Browse words by groups, or as the app calls it “groups”. (ex: trees)
- Search by Lenni Lenape word.
- Search by English word.
- Help section which contains background information, pronunciation guide, grammar guide, and technical help in using the application.
You can find additional information and more screenshots on the Helleniechsin App page in the App Store or on the developer’s website.
At this point I think there are going to be two types of people reading this review:
The first group is thinking, this is all fine and dandy but what does a Lenni Lenape dictionary application have anything to do with Scouting? Well, the short answer is the Order of the Arrow has a large number of customs and traditions based on the Delaware Indians, or Lenni Lenape. The Lenni Lenape language is used in ceremonies, vigil names, and sometimes position titles.
The second group is thinking, this is sweet, this is going to make Order of the Arrow Vigil Selection and finding Vigil names so much easier. I fall in this group, I remember flipping through torn-up photocopied versions of Lenne Lenape dictionaries looking for just the right name.
Overall, the Heleniechsin app looks like a great resource for the Scouting and Order of the Arrow community! The developer of Helleniechsen is a long-term Scouter and an Order of the Arrow Vigil member. You can see the other Scouting related applications he has developed at http://www.scoutapps.net/
Check out Helleniechsin today and let us know what you think of it below in the comments!
Check out the other Scouting Apps!
Posted on 15 December 2010 by Dan
Beginning in early 2011, Boy Scouts will be able to manage their merit badges with an interactive application for the Apple iPhone. The application which will be available for $1.99 through the iTunes Store, will let Scouts review merit badge requirements, keep track of their progress by requirement, and even share their success on Facebook.
“Boys are notoriously bad at paperwork and famously good at technology. This app will help Scouts keep up with their advancement and undoubtedly spur them on to achieve even more,” said Bob Wiemers, team leader for Publishing & Printing Solutions.
The app’s home screen shows the total number of badges the Scout has completed and started. With a few taps, he can check the requirements for any badge, find links to related websites and resources, and record the requirements he has completed. He can also post his results to Facebook from within the application.
If a Scout has already purchased The Boy Scout Handbook – Boy Scouts of America app, which appeared in 2009, it will automatically be imported into the new app. The handbook app is also available for purchase through the merit badge app for $7.99.
The merit badge app is about more than just merit badges. It also includes an RSS aggregator that pushes Scouting news to the owner’s phone.
Source: ProSpeak Best Practices Dec 2010