Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Committee Chairman
Re: Committee Chairman
Tue, 17 Nov 1998 00:11:04 -0500
Apparently you received some mail from an individual who believes that there
should only be a single discussion list for Scouting. Many Scouters have
over the last few years decided that they wanted to join a specialized list
for an area of special interest. Information about 75 of these lists can be
This list is far from comprehensive even with 75. I know of several
districts that have their own lists too, including my own. These lists are
not included because most of them want to keep membership limited to people
in their own local area.
Some of the specialized areas of discussion include webmastering, canoeing,
Wood Badge, Scouting in a particular country, region, or Council, etc.
Scouts-L has been one of the best discussion lists because it attracts
Scouters and youth leaders from around the world and covers a broad spectrum
of topics. It has the advantage of allowing folks in different positions
with differing levels of experience to interact. Sometimes in a specialized
group it is easy to get a narrow focus and here we get a broad focus. For
example, if you ask a question here about unit committees, you are apt to
get opinions from people served by the committee, people on committees,
trainers, and more. On a more specialized list you might only get the view
of people on committees and miss out on broader discussion.
If you get feedback showing enough interest in creating a separate list for
unit committee people, that is easy enough to do. Doug Gentry has been kind
enough to host many such specialized lists, for example, and might be
willing to do one for this purpose.
One final note, joining another list doesn't mean that you need to quit
Scouts-L or that you are self-serving. It might mean that you are really
trying to learn a lot about Scouting, that you like e-mail a whole lot, or
that you are just not working that one hour a week hard enough. ;-)
Mike Bowman a/k/a Professor Beaver (email@example.com)
Webmastering in the Scouting Spirit from Alexandria, VA