In search of a mentor (or many mentors!)

Hi all! I’m looking for a technical shepherd that can hit to all fields.

My project is for personal use, not for business. I’m keeping accounts for a group of about 25 Boy Scouts. I need to maintain various transactions: assess dues, charge for camping fees, credit accounts for funds received. Once a month or so I need to send out account statements. I’m the only user, i.e. I don’t need the parents to be able to login and see their stuff. For the sake of simplicity, they can wait for me to get back to them. :slight_smile:

My current solution is an MS Access database with 3 simple tables and two reports. It works. But it’s a little painful, and I’d love to use this as a learning opportunity.

My account statement report is a single PDF, ~25 pages. I have to manually chunk it to single page files, and manually e-mail them to appropriate parties. How can I do better here?

The MS Access database lives on a PC in my house. What platform would I use to make this more accessible, i.e. able to be accessed from my phone or from a browser? Is there a google docs solution that might make more sense? Maybe mySQL?

So, as you can see this is very broad and open ended. Is there a better spot for me to post a “question” like this?

Thanks in advanced for any support and encouragement.


Firstly, welcome to the forums.

While we are primarily here to help people with their Free Code Camp progress, we are open to people on other paths, too. Some of what you are asking is pretty trivial in the Free Code Camp context, so you might find that if you’re not getting the instruction and material you need in your current studies, the FCC curriculum will really help you get started. At a modest guess I’d say investing a 4-5 hours working through the curriculum here will really pay off. You can find the curriculum at

With your current questions, we don’t have enough context to know what you already know or don’t know, so it is impossible to guide you without just telling you the answer (which we won’t do).

It is pretty typical on here for people to share a codepen / jsfiddle example of what they have tried so that anyone helping has more of an idea of what help is actually helpful.

Please provide some example of what you’ve tried and I’m sure you’ll get more help.

Happy coding :slight_smile:

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