Re: Does Anyone Know E-Mail Address for National Office or
Mike Walton (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sat, 5 Apr 1997 07:46:41 -0500
Wow! Hey Jon, when we redo the WELCOME page, this DEFINANTELY
needs to be included!! I've just answered this four times before
Tom's hit the list....good thing I have "cut and paste!" *smiling*
Tom Morrissey asked the same question that three other Scouters
asked, but he asked a followup. Here's the "cut and pasted"
answer, followed by his followup:
"Is there an official address for the National Office, Boy Scouts
of America"? They have a web address, but I can't seem to find
a single email address on their pages."
The Boy Scouts of America DOES NOT maintain a single or divisional
electronic mail ("email") address. This is despite a great
marketing effort in creating and maintaining a series of World Wide
Web (WWW) pages on the Internet. As of the date of this posting,
and perhaps for months or years to come, the BSA's point of view
about the Internet can be summed up in three short paragraphs:
* The BSA is NOT interested in conducting business over the
Internet and would rather its Scouts and Scouters to concentrate on
obtaining current and correct information directly from their LOCAL
* No BSA National or Local Council employee is currently authorized
to have an electronic mail address for the purpose of conducting
OFFICIAL BUSINESS through the Internet. Key volunteers are
discouraged as part of a coordinated effort NOT to announce or
promote their electronic mail address(es) through the Internet.
Professionals and volunteers may HAVE an electronic mail address
and MAY use it in the conduct of PERSONAL business, not that that
involves the National Council or any local Council.
* The BSA is not interested in becoming official participants on
ANY Scouting forum, discussion group, or area within the Internet.
Those volunteers and professionals which participate in such groups
do so as INDIVIDUALS and should have a statement or imply that they
speak for their local Council or the National Council, BSA
There's a lot of reasons why those three paragraphs are valid, but
for the sake of brevity, I won't go into them. I will, however,
post them to my webpage so that in the near future, if you're
interested in reading their justification for not participating
fully on the Internet, you may read the reasons. It's a good
reason, if you look at the BSA as a corporate image; it's not so
good reason if you look at the BSA as a part of Americana."
>I want to know if you can request forms from the national
>office via e-mail so that they may send it either to you or your
No. There are NO forms available on their website presently, and
they would want you to do as I've stated above, to go into your
Council office and obtain the forms that you need. That's why
we maintain local Council service centers (even if they are
sometimes two to four HOURS from your home). You can also request
them by snailmail, and have them sent to your home; or in other
"progressive" Councils, to have them fax you the blank form, you
fill it out, sign it and fax it back to them for posting and
>I am also looking for the e-mail address of the BSA Transatlantic
>Office (if there is one).
Local Councils, Tom, are NOT ALLOWED to have email addresses. That
was made crystal clear by a National Office memorandum. What some
VOLUNTEERS have done, however, is to set up "email boxes" that ANY
volunteer or professional can send mail to, and the person owning
that box would print and either fax, snailmail or personally
deliver the emailed posting to the Council office. That approach
is working in about 15 or 20 local Councils, but is NOT maintained
by professionals or employees.
There are at least five TAC Scouters online and reading this forum,
so you might get a personal reply for a Scouter or two reading your
question here *hint hint guys and gal!*
Thanks for asking, though...it's a good try, but we've been through
this "why won't National join the rest of the online community"
question before (and recently, I may add....last time back in
November of last year), so you might want to read our Log file
back then to get more information on "why not" if you're interested
in knowing all of the reasoning behind it.
Or just wait for me to post it to my website and you can read the
>thank you for any replies.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City