Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Merit Badge Counselor list on the web (was Re: Software to
Re: Merit Badge Counselor list on the web (was Re: Software to
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 10:31:58 -0700
In message <363A17F2.F14897AC@usa.pipeline.com>, Drew Mrenna said:
> I tried to get our district to place the MB counselor list on the
> district home page. Since I am the webmaster I thought that this would
> be a good idea. I got turned down. Several reasons cited were:
I wish our district would do this. I think their concerns are overblown.
Our district list is woefully out of date, and I would dearly love to have a
more current list between the rare times they feel it worth the time and
money to copy a new one.
> 1. publishing name number and address of each counselor without
> permission. How did you get around this?
It would certainly be possible to ask permission on the MBC registration
form. I think this is not as big a deal anyway. Aren't most of these people
listed in the phone directory? Telemarketers no longer rely on phone lists
anyway. They just have machines that dial every number in an exchange. Who
else are the MBC's worried about?
> 2. this would defeat the purpose of the scouts coming to the SM for the
> MB counselor. The scout can find a MB counselor without going through
> the SM. The procedure is that a scout goes to his SM who supplies the
> name and number of the counselor. The SM can essentially screen which
> counselors he wants his scouts to go to. Did you get any feed back
> concerning this?
The scout still cannot work on a merit badge without the SM's signature on a
blue card. The SM still picks the counselor.
> 3. our district maintains a list of district level MB counselors as
> well as a list of individual troop level MB counselors. The web list
> would be incomplete, showing only district level MB counselors. Does
> your district do this? How did you get around this?
The paper list is just as incomplete now. Our district does not publish the
full MBC list, only those who are willing to counsel outside their troop. I
still have to merge our troop list with the district list. How would having
the district list on a web page be any different?
> Or, maybe the district is correct and this information should not be
> available on the Web. What do others think?
I think your district, like mine is afraid if new technology, and of losing
control of something. I wish more official scouting info was available to us
Just my opinions, and worth what you paid.
Scoutmaster, Troop 70, Longs Peak Council, BSA
Boulder, CO, USA
I used to be a Buffalo...