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Posted by on May 24, 2015 in A District Training Event, Boy Scout Training, JTE Journey to Excellence, Leader Resources, Training

The District Calendar

The District Calendar

dist-cal01Discovering new tools to make your unit run better should be the goal of every leader. One resource that is often overlooked is the district calendar. The district calendar is far more than it appears at first. It is an electronic database that can be sorted and customize by each and every user. Extreme details such as contact names, locations, maps, driving directions, event details, online sign-up, prerequisite data, photographs, downloadable documents, links, and more. This article will help you to navigate the calendar. The council calendar system is sponsored by CalendarWiz for the Central Florida Council and districts.

The district calendar can be brought up by clicking on the link near the top right hand corner. A standard sorted list specifically designed for the Little Econ District will appear. The 10 default selected calendars within the calendar view are:

  • Camp LaNoChe
  • Commissioners
  • Council Program
  • Finance
  • General
  • Little Econ District
  • Popcorn
  • Schools – Orange & Seminole
  • Tipisa Lodge OA

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The top blue control panel is sandwiched between the Council logo and displayed calendar. This control panel is organized into five main parts. The top left buttons (section A) will help you run a keyword search of the calendar database. This can also be sorted by date range and category. When you have the calendar displaying exactly what you like you can export the data to your own computer or mobile device. In the top right buttons (section B) you can print a calendar that is displayed. Details help is also available by clicking the help button. Administrators can also login directly to the calendar to add new information and make corrections. In the center (section C) the month and year is shown of the displayed month. This is a default reset area. Clicking on the “Today” button will take you directly back to the current default day. You can also click the “Go to Date” button and select the date from the drop-down calendar. You can also move back and forth by month by clicking on the small calendars or the “<” and “>” symbols on the left and right sides. At the bottom left corner (section D) you can select or deselect the calendar/category from a drop-down list to display. If you would like to view by event location you can select from a drop-down list. On the bottom right hand side (section E) you can select the viewer style. This will help you view calendar data the way you want to see it.

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At the bottom of the calendar you will see a legend of the color-coded dots for each category/calendar. This visual icon is helpful when looking at the events listed.

When you find the event on the date you can click on its title. A new window will open and give you additional information. This can be minimized while you download forms, view links, check your personal calendar or sign-up with DoubleKnot online. The information listed is electronically updated from other volunteers.

As you can see the calendar is a wonderful resource for our units in our district. Whether you’re at a planning meeting and need to know what weekend the district Camporee is… or need more information about an event. This electronic live calendar database system will help you provide better services to your youth from just about anywhere.

Not finding what you want?
If you know of an event that is not listed you need to let us know. Many times we get the title of the event and the date and no additional information. It is important to keep this tool sharp! The only way we can take this work is to get full details about events. We will always want the 5W’s (who, what, when, why, and where) of course contact information, links, documents, photographs, logos, forms, and more are always essential communication data.

Found something wrong?
The database is compiled from over 25 different categories/calendars. Each calendar has a separate administrator who has taken training from Council to manage their listings. If you ever have a question or would like to correct something that is wrong please let us know. This is a wonderful way to keep information up to date and correct. The problem with printed calendars is that it is inherently difficult to correct and republish. The online calendar is electronically fluid and is published on demand.

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