Event Signup Simplification
Using the Unit Roster Uploads feature on your FREE Unit page on Council site
The first step in the event sign up simplification has arrived: the ability to upload your unit roster. Just about every unit has a unit roster on a computer somewhere. Now you can cut and paste that roster into a form that we supply and upload that form onto your unit site. From then on, your future event and unit signups will be easier. You will be able to select scouts from a drop down box and have all their information filled in automatically.
The benefits of this process include:
- No more typing all your Scout’s information every time you sign up for an event
No more searching for key information requested during an event registration
No more “fudging” on the information you don’t have at your fingertips when you are signing up for an event.
Information to the event coordinator will be accurate and will help the event coordinator meet your unit needs.
Emails for Scouts (or their parents) will be accurate (if they are included in the upload) and your unit coordinator will not get multiple emails if an event based notification gets sent out.
The steps to do this are fairly simple:
Gather your roster information
Sign into your MyCouncil account at www.wpcbsa.org and go to your unit roster page on your unit site
Download the template
Cut and paste your information into the template
Purge your old roster information
Upload your new information.
Other than gathering your roster information and entering the information into the template in the correct format, the whole process should take just a couple of minutes. For the “experienced” individual the process is fairly intuitive and forgiving (you can always purge your roster and reload it). However, for those who need additional instruction we have attached a step by step tutorial and two FAQs (Unit Website and Unit Roster Upload) .
The information you need for the roster:
Required: BSA ID, First name and Last Name
Reccomended: email address (the parent’s for any Scout under 13, and can be the parents for any Scout over 13), address, date of birth, sex, and at least one phone number.
Besides your own files, you can get this information from:
The charter renewal
By sending a request to our registrar. The roster will be based on the Scoutnet roster as of January 1, 2014 and loaded in the template. Please include your unit, town and district information in this request. For security reasons, only requests by the registered unit leader, chartered organization rep or committee chair will be completed. We will not send unit roster information to third parties saying that this task has been given to them or to individuals who are not currently registered in one of these three positions.
A special note to Cub Scout Packs:
For many packs a centralizing the sign up and payment for events is not something that you do on a regular basis. Often this is left up to individual parents, which appears simpler. Experience from other units show us that signing up by packs or dens have found that unit registrations help them and we encourage you to use the unit registration process. Other units report that Pack or Den registrations:
Provide a service to the parents and increases parent satisfaction with your Pack
Help organize your pack for events by knowing, in advance, who is signing up for events
Give you access to an online and downloadable event roster
Saves money. Refunds are only available in limited situations. Swapping Scouts (Joey can’t come but Larry can) can only be done through a unit registration and ensures that all registrations are used.
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