Re: Posting from Mr. Sears (BSA)
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Sun, 22 Dec 1996 17:54:55 -0800
At 12:22 PM 12/22/96 -0500, Patrick Skelly wrote:
>Ladies and Gentlemen of SCOUTS-L -
>Jeff Elliott posted a message at the request of Jack Sears. Ed Henderson
>posted a response as the involved third party.
>Some of us are declaring precedents, questioning authenticity, questioning
>propriety, questioning adherence to 'netiquette' protocols, and trying to use
>the 'event' as justification (or not) for formal participation here by "the
Actually, I was just "stirring the pot" a bit. In actual fact, the
Transatlantic Council, BSA, has been using the MILNET for official
two-way communications with the volunteer Scouters for some years now.
It's against BSA national policy, but the BSA national office has sensibly
and quite properly taken a hands-off approach to the way in which the
Transatlantic Council's handles its internal communications.
National needs to make their policy conform to the de facto situation.
Since a BSA national staffer lurks and makes hard copies of many of the
messages posted here on SCOUTS-L, this was one way to bring the discrepency
between policy and reality into focus for the higher-ups at National.
That's been done now, and I see no reason to belabor it.
Food for thought:
My two postings _did_ establish that the council executive directed a
subordinate to have official council policy published verbatim in his
name in an electronic forum. Thus, it was indeed Mr. Sears' posting, even
though he used Mr. Elliot's e-mail account as the vehicle for disseminating
his official statement of council policy. This was a unique occurrence on
SCOUTS-L and worthy of comment.
All I did was point this out and state (correctly) that National currently
permits only the official national BSA homepage and (as of 23 OCT 96)
official local council homepages to be used for promulgating BSA policy.
SCOUTS-L and other electronic Scouting forums are currently off-limits to
the professional Scouters in their official capacities.
They should not be. Just as with junior leaders and volunteer Scouters,
"train them, trust them, let them lead", so it is with professional Boy
Scout executives, save in the electronic communications arena where fiat
prohibition rules supreme. They should be permitted to use electronics
forums in the furtherance of their official duties as Scout executives,
just as they now use other communications media.
As it is, thousands of volunteer Scouters use electronic media in the
furtherance of their Scouting duties. It makes little sense to deny the
professional corps the use of a valuable tool possessed by the volunteers.
The content of the posting itself was well within Mr. Sears' professional
purview to make, and as such, is not an issue.
As always, it has been a pleasure to "talk" with you. I wish you and yours
the very best of the Christmas season.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Scoutmaster, Troop 852 Wood Badge 416-18
Ventura County Council at Philmont, 1973
Camarillo, California, USA "I used to be a Beaver..."
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