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Easy Ways to Track the Cub Scout Years

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One of the first things my husband did when we moved to our new home is persuade my son to register for Cub Scouts. We knew he would benefit from both the skills and values aspects of the program. But most of all, we knew he would have fun.

Cub Scouts document their own activities and achievements and then have them verified by a leader in order to receive the recognition and awards they’ve earned.

We recently moved up to the 21st century and hooked up a new printer. One of the unanticipated benefits of the new printer is how its mobile printing features make keeping records of my son’s progress in Scouting so much easier.

  • Camp Is Cool! 1 of 7
    Camping is fun by mamalatinatips.com

    My son typically completes his requirements in one of three places: at home, at weekly Cub Scout meetings, or outdoors on an outing. Each location presents its own challenges for keeping the documentation flowing in the right direction.

  • Keeping Track of Documents 2 of 7
    Cub Scouts Documents by Mamalatinatips.com

    At home, we use mobile printing in a couple of ways. Some activities in scouting need recording because they are perishable or, in some other way, won't be available later on. In our experience, achievements most often get done in bits and pieces over time, not all at once. So keeping track is important. (Speaking of keeping track, the printer can be set up for HP Instant Ink, an ink replacement service, that enables the printer to have ink delivered to your door so you never run out of ink. Cool!) Mobile printing helps with this....

  • Writing Letters 3 of 7
    Letter in Spanish by Mamalatinatips.com

    For example, my Cub Scout has written three different letters as requirements for three different awards he is working on all at the same time.  To keep it all straight, we scanned or photographed each with my iPhone for future reference, so we could mail the letters and still have a record.

    Then, when it comes time to submit the paperwork, we just send the photo or PDF straight to the printer from the iPhone and attach the printout with the rest of the paperwork.

    This letter was written as part of his requirements for his BSA Interpreter Strip, the Interpreter Strip also satisfies one of the requirements for the Language and Culture pin.

  • As Fast As a Rocket 4 of 7
    Scouts Space Derby by Mamalatinatips.com

    At meetings, mobile printing is really great. I can scan or photograph completed craft projects, like plaster casts of footprints or Space Derby rockets, right at the meeting and have them sitting on my printer by the time I get home. This means they are ready to attach to the proper paperwork, saving me time and trouble.

  • Making Square Knots 5 of 7
    Making a Square Knot by Mamalatinatips.com

    But probably the greatest benefit of mobile printing is documenting outdoor activities. This was my son's first square knot, tied at a campground a few miles up the road, it represents another requirement accomplished. All I need to do is send the photo via e-mail and I can have it sitting on the printer when I arrive back home.

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    Frozen leaf by Mamalatinatips.com

    One last thing, the photo quality of the printer is very high, so I can take fun photos on my son's Cub Scout outings and have the best of them sitting on the printer when I get home, ready for the his scout unit's scrapbook.

  • We Love Technology 7 of 7
    HP Envy Printer

    I love it when technology makes a mom's job easier!

 

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