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Friday, 30 January 2009 16:36

As Troop 799 establishes it's first website, the Scoutmaster felt it was important to lay out our policies regarding the use of internet technology as it relates to our mission and principles. A website is merely the electronic extension of our philosophy, goals, faith, and purpose. There is quite a bit of guidance online about designing scout sites, although much of it is mired in legalese, extremely vague, or otherwise contradictory to what most sites do. In an attempt to come up with standards that we feel serve the scout, the parents, and the organization, we narrowed down our tests to a few key questions/principles:

Does the site adequately protect the scout and their personal information?

Is the content appropriate and does it further the aims of scouting?

Will the site/content enhance the Troop 799 and BSA programs?

As we continue to build the site and add content or functionality, we continually evaluate our choices based upon those principles above. We have also set out some basic policies and rules regarding use of the site:

  • Only the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, or other registered adult leaders authorized by the Scoutmaster will be able to add or approve content on the site.
  • No contact information or last names of scouts will be published on the site, except in certain specific and pre-approved cases.
  • Names will not be associated with any photos on the site, except in certain specific and pre-approved cases.
  • Parents or adult leaders must consent for any of their contact information to be published.
  • The troop will only use photos when all persons in the photo have completed a release/consent form.
  • The site will not contain any chat, bulletin board, messaging, or similar communication means.
  • The site will only be used for matters related to scouting and Troop 799.

The website has a number of built in methods for controlling access and requires elevated permissions to post content. The leadership of the troop will constanly monitor our online presence and make any changes necessary to maintain the site. There is a release/consent form attached to this post. If you have any issues with the site, or while using it, please contact an Assistant Scoutmaster immediately. Please report any material or photos that you do not feel should be on the site, and your consent to participate may be revoked at any time, or on a case by case basis as you deem necessary.

Exceptions to posting names of scouts will be made only in cases of awards and recognition of older scouts (i.e reaching Eagle Scout, civic awards, etc.), and only when specific written request and authorization is obtained from parent/guardian.

We hope that you enjoy the site and that it fulfills our expectations of more efficient communication, better troop spirit, and value in recruiting new scouts and leaders.

Some resources on guidelines for scouting sites:

http://www.scouting.org/Webmasters/WebStandards.aspx

http://www.scoutingmagazine.org/issues/9903/d-lett.html

http://www.scouting.org/webmasters.aspx

 

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