Re: Internet as a RT subject
Doug Roach (djroach@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 07:17:46 -0500
My role down here as Assistant Scoutmaster includes two specific
functions (in addition to all the others :-)... one, I'm Troop webgod
and as such am responsible for seeing to it that the boys produce a web
presence of useful and appropriate material. The second job is Eagle
guru. This one's my favorite.
In three years of performing this function, I have found no resources in
Scouting or out that can beat the internet for the shear volume of
useful material in aiding a Scout on his quest for the Eagle.
If you want to sell a Scout and his PARENTS on the importance of
attaining this award, you need look no further than a site in Ithaca,
New York which lists eighteen printed-out pages of college scholarships
available to Eagle Scouts. There are many sites that list innumerable
ideas for appropriate Eagle service projects to get a guy started. In
the case of several projects we've had done down here, there are of
course thousands of academic research and information areas that provide
background content on botany, biology, local history, government
services, engineering and other resources that our Scouts have used in
the development and planning of Eagle projects.
If you cruise on over to our Troop site (URL below) and click on the
'Eagle Stuff' button, at the bottom of the page you will find several
web sites of value to Eagle candidates and their adult leaders.
Additionally, in a group such as ours where money always seems to be in
short supply, it's important that we get the most bang for our buck from
trips such as summer camp and high adventure offerings. Most BSA high
adventure camps have web sites that explain their program offerings and
provide a glimpse that can go a long way toward helping us in our
decision on where to go. Again, our Troop site offers many of these
URL's on it's 'Links' page. (Scroll down to High Adventure.)
That page, by the way, contains over a hundred URL's of interest to
Scouts and Scouters with a line to explain the offering of each instead
of just a title to click on.
By the way, don't forget to mention that the internet isn't just about
web sites. It also encompasses email which is how you and I can have
this remarkable (if somewhat disjointed) conversation about how to make
available a better program for the boys. Scouts-L has been a boon to our
Troop for the wealth of information that is stored in the hearts and
heads of eight hundred Scouts and Scouters around the world. With access
to such experience, freely given, how can we help but improve each of
our programs' content.
My own roundtable presentation on the internet isn't until next spring.
Let me know how yours goes. I am particularly interested in how to
present such a subject without access to a phone line at the site.
Hope this helps.
SA Troop 10 - South Florida Council - Miami
http://www.action-net.net/T10 (ya'll come visit)
"You should never stand in Love's way....
especially if Love is driving a bus."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City