Troop Badges is one of my favorites. Think of it as the 2010-2011-always being updated Requirements Handbook. There’s detailed requirement info for ranks, merit badges, and every special award I could think of so far. The basic version will let you record the activity of one Scout. the premiere edition enables tracking of multiple Scouts. If your using it to track activities right now you can only export the data one Scout at a time. in an email with the developer he leaned towards a bulk export becoming a feature in the future. Even if you don’t use it for requirement tracking it’s worth the price for the reference features alone.
** the official BSA iPhone app is supposed to be releasing a supplementary (integrated) merit badge tracking feature to the current iPhone app sometime in January. At present the BSA iPhone app isn’t adapted for iPad but the original design and level of detail works well at 2x mode. its actually more usable than it’s intended iPhone resolution as you can see the whole page at once in a legible size.
I have a number of really good ‘find a hike/trail’ apps for the iPhone but none of them scale. So far Campwhere looks like it’s got the best info on local destinations to get outdoors no matter where you are.
If your looking for a solid BSA Field Guide so far there isn’t one. There are a couple Audobon Guides that could be great to flip through sitting in your camp chair while the Scouts make dinner but the prices put them out of reach for my present level of interest. If I win the “Billionth App” maybe I’ll reconsider.
Lately there seem to be a lot more astrological phenomena happening – or maybe it’s that I’m better tuned in to know when they’re happening and have gotten a chance to see them. Pocket Universe is a great app for stargazers and guys like me who love a night under the stars but would like to be able to identify more. On one campout we saw the ISS from Earth and another counted planets rings through telescopes.