Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Software to track Merit Badge Counselors
Re: Software to track Merit Badge Counselors
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 16:41:41 -0500
Steve Tyler wrote:
>> Geez, Sam, I'm sorry to see things have progressed to the point where
being identified with Scouting is a security risk! ;-)
Sorry, Sam, as one of those "several people," I'm proud to be associated
with Scouting (even though I'm not wild about all aspects of Irving's
apparent effort to join the Moral Majority), and do not care who knows
I am on my third "tour of duty" with Scouting, totalling almost 14 years.
I have always had and proudly worn my uniform quite publicly. My friends
and co-workers know of my involvement and pride in Scouting. As a merit
badge counselor, I have authorized my district to provide my name, address,
and phone number to any Scout or unit who can use my assistance.
Unfortunately, being identified with ANY group, especially one that has
received as much negative publicity about its policies as Scouting in the
USA has, is a security risk in today's world. With all of the positives
the Internet brings to us, the widespread availablity of easy to access
information has added to that security risk. Given a number of widely
reported incidents that began with information disseminated over the
Internet, its not too hard to imagine an individual with a vendetta against
Scouting surfing the Web to find a "target" of his vendetta.
So ... I stand by my point. The telephone book will continue to carry my
phone number. I will continue to proudly identify myself as a Scouter. I
will offer my assistance and appropriate personal information to any Scout
who needs it. But the first time I find the
Council/District/Region/National publishing that information in a form that
any crackpot with a modem can access, I will object strongly.