council's, national, the Internet and Scouts-L
Paul Schnettler (paulsch@SSEC.WISC.EDU)
Tue, 22 Sep 1998 09:45:06 -0500
I've visited a couple of council scout-shops and have observed the
bustle of activity with a mix of awe and wonder. Our council has a
computerized system which tracks all units/members and I'm sure is
used to generate reports to be forwarded to national.
All of us here on scouts-L are fortunate to have an internet
connection and use it to access this important forum. I submit
it's about time the BSA sets up council or at least council execs.
with an internet connection. The phenomenal growth in scouting
related sites on the local and national level indicates this is a
trend worth capitalizing on. A system to communicate with Council
an District staff members via e-mail would be an ideal way to
establish the network. As staff and local units get more
experienced and adept at simple levels, more complex forms and
communication levels can be introduced. (html document
distribution of standardized forms, video conferencing, etc)
I'm not advocating going totally electronic, just working it in as
and aid and tool to foster greater communication avenues between
the units, councils and national to some extent.
As volunteers, we would benefit greatly. The cost of establishing
a net-presence would be something I expect every council could
absorb without a significant hit on resources. A heirarchy of
levels of 'net-presence' could be established by a national
committee with the implementation of whatever level of presence a
council desired, based on their needs or desires.
Sure, this is somwhat a pipe dream for many of us here on scout-L.
I envision a day when your council exec. could sit at this desk
and review a digest of the previous days posts to scouts-L, review
any e-mail messages from staff and unit commisioners as well as
unit scoutmasters. I see the internet as a way for us to handle
much of the forms and documents distribution we so much rely on. I
see it as a way to obtain information and communicate with other
troops and units accross the country.
The groundwork should be starting now, the net and scouting's
commitment to using it should be an issue we should be discussing.
What do you think?
Paul Schnettler, SM
T-164 Stoughton, WI
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