Re: District Web Pages
Dewitte A. Baisch (dbaisch@DATASYS.NET)
Tue, 12 Aug 1997 03:45:53 -0400
Don't let the DE intimidate you. First thing, you don't work for the DE.
You are a volunteer. Without volunteers, the DE would not have a job! In
a sense, the DE works for you as you serve the Scouts and Scouting. If
you approach the district committee with your web page proposal, and the
committee is for it, then go ahead with the idea. There is not a
national guideline on web pages, whether they are council, district, or
unit. Until the time arrives that national DOES set down guidelines,
the WWW is free to be used by all in the best manner that each
individual or organization sees fit. If your council has gone so far as
to say their web pages for the districts are the Official pages for
those districts, and if your council refuses to listen to your district
committee(s), go underground. Publish an "Unofficial" district page, and
put your desired information on it. Then advertise! Let all the Scouts
and Scouters in your district know about it. Put a counter on your page
to record the number of visitors to your site. Let the DE know that your
site opens up the communication lines between the district and the
Scouts/Scouters/parents/interested parties. Provide a link from your
unofficial site to their "official" page, so folks can compare what
concerned Scouters in the district are willing to share and communicate,
and what the council or DE offers. Will this create animosity? Yep! But
guess what? If you can get two or three of the big council money
suppliers to view your site and compare it with the "official pages,"
you might be surprised at the outcome. The important thing is to provide
information to the people who can benefit from it. Don't allow some DE
on a power trip to dictate everything that goes on in your district.
You might be asking where I can come off, saying all of this stuff about
DE's and web pages. Well, I'm on our District Committee as the training
chairman and as the Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner. I'm also the
webmaster for the (so far) only unit web page in our entire council (see
below for Troop 411's URL). I have secured permission from the Scout
executive to create our council's web page (preliminary pages are
completed and we're waiting for word from our contacted server to upload
and go "online.") We will include "district" pages and, if we can get
some feedback from the units, unit pages as well. Our intent is
establish a web presence for our council, etc. We want to entice the
districts and units to come on board and publish their own sites. When
they do, we'll provide links from the council's page to their sites.
Nobody knows better than the people who work in the units, and
districts, what information is the most valuable for their viewers.
If you've got a strong district committee, it can override the whims and
wishes of your DE. You do NOT have to satisfy him or her. They are
supposed to be working for the Scouts, just like you. By the way, my DE
is a friend of mine and, no, I don't agree with everything he says or
does, and he knows I don't. We understand each other. I think we have a
pretty good relationship. He knows as well as I that I will put the
needs of the Scouts and their parents far above the needs of the
district or even the council. You do the same and be proud of it!
Dewitte A. Baisch (Sandy)
Scoutmaster, Troop 411, Circle 7 District, Alapaha Area Council, Georgia
"..if it ain't raining, we ain't camping!"
Visit Troop 411 at: http://www.datasys.net/~dbaisch/troop411/index.htm
email@example.com (..and one of them good ol' bobwhites)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City