The Boy Scouts of America are a large national organization with almost three million youth members and almost a million active adults.
As an assistant scout manager, Nathan Appel helps to lead a troop of these young scouts. A systems analyst by trade doing statistical analysis for research, Appel devotes much of his free time to the Boy Scouts.
While organizing various activities and dealing with paperwork for the scouts, Appel found himself wasting time with paper documents and struggling with digital forms.
“Some of the forms that the Boy Scouts of America have are PDF forms, but they’re not fillable” said Appel. “And some of these [forms] have to be done multiple times a year in order to track service hours and all these other things that are important.”
Making sure that documents are completed and submitted properly and promptly is critical for “making rank and getting to the final phase of Eagle Scout,” Appel said.
“For every outing that we go on, the boys have to fill out a permission slip, so I made it fillable using PDFiller so now you can sign it online… If somebody forgets a permission slip, they can just send it to me electronically, they don’t have to go to the venue or whatever and I don’t have to follow up.”