Re: BSA Policy: The Interney
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Sun, 3 Sep 1995 20:17:36 CDT
Martin Flynn <maflynn@GENIE.GEIS.COM> writes:
>At this time, the National Council, Boy Scouts of America,
> does not sponsor, provide or hold official space for the
> disseminating of information of any kind regarding programs,
> activities, resources of lists of names of leaders or
> chartered organizations on the Internet of other
> computerized networks.
>If this is correct, then who is this??
> Boy Scouts of America (SCOUTING-DOM)
> PO Box 152079
> Irving, TX 75015-2079
> Domain Name: SCOUTING.ORG
> Record last updated on 26-Sep-94.
I was wondering when this would come up!
> Arnold, Brian S. (BSA) arnoldbs@LBM.COM
> Boy Scouts of America (NET-BSA) BSA
> Boy Scouts of America (NET-BSA)
> Boy Scouts of America National Office
> PO Box 152079
> Irving, TX 75015-2079
> Netname: BSA
> Netnumber: 220.127.116.11
Brian Arnold is a "worker bee" at the National Office's Information
Management office, part of the Council Support Division.
>Can someone who is more familiar with IP addresses tell me if the above are
> from the group assigned to internal networks, I.E. never intended to be
> connected to the internet? They might be the IP for the internal LAN in
The address is a valid Internet address, and was obtained through the
BSA in order to keep other parties from obtaining the "Scouting.org"
IP address. As you probably know, the letters "BSA" as well as the
word "Scout" or "Scouting" are protected by Congressional Charter to
the Boy Scouts of America, and only those organizations and groups
that the BSA allow may use the name or description.
As far I can research, there's nobody out there with the "BSA.Org",
"BSA.COM" or "BSA.GOV" IP name, but there could be. This could be
pretty interesting if the BSA went to court to get an Internet address
name from someone that they chose "not worthy" of having that name.
Originally, there were those within the BSA's National Office (and
there's still a significant number) that wanted the BSA to have some
sort of access to the 'Net. However, as the "development" of the
Internet kinda got a little crazy, and as tales emerged of the 'Net's
"darker side", the BSA quickly disassociated itself from this project
officially while unoffically have been monitoring the progress of
groups like ours and others on other forums (and they continue to do
The BSA DOES have electronic mail access between the National Office,
the four Regional offices, the two National Distribution Centers, and
each and every local Council office. The network is a "closed-end"
system which DOES NOT ALLOW for entry by those outside of those
organizations and which DOES NOT ALLOW for "pure Internet access" (in
other words, there's no gateway between the BSA-NET and the rest of
That address comes up from time to time here, as the "official address
of the BSA online". The BSA, once again to emphasize, DOES NOT HAVE
INTERNET ACCESS AND DOES NOT WANT INTERNET ACCESS PRESENTLY and would
prefer that Scouters or others wanting to communicate with the
National staff to snail-write to the National Office in Irving, Texas
I get a couple of postings a week about that BSA address and whether
or not questions sent there get answered or not. It doesn't work.
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