Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Troop Web page help
Re: Troop Web page help
Mon, 21 Jun 1999 22:09:51 -0500
I haven't messed around with composers much, but I think Netscape Editor is
decent. Many homepage providors have built-in editors, but I don't like
them as much.
Here are some guidelines for at troop site that I would go by:
1. Make it useful. Have a troop calendar, list of email addresses, and
links to other Scouting resources on the web. A troop webpage that just
has the name and address of a church isn't much use to anyone.
2. Keep it up. I'm really, really bad at this one. I bet my troop's
calendar is about a year old. If you don't keep it up, again, it isn't
3. Make it fun. Don't have to explain this one!
4. Don't make it the World Wide Wait. Don't overdo the images too much,
(programs in the HTML source that do little things to the webpage, like
scrolling text at the bottom of the page).
Some good homepage providers are:
My favorite from this list has to be Angelfire. They are the easiest to
use, in my opinion. You won't get a nice domain-name style URL, however
(it will probably be pretty hard to get one of those for free, but it is
possible). It'll be something like http://www.angelfire.com/mo/troop81/.
All of these will be like that; ml.org used to offer free virtual-domain
type addresses, but I think they went out of business (like blah.ml.org, I
My favorite HTML tutorial is at www.htmlgoodies.com. The ultimate in HTML
guidelines is at
http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/General/Internet/WWW/HTMLPrimerAll.html. My own
personal HTML tutorial is at http://www.rollanet.org/~benm/, but it is
unfinished (and will probably stay that way), and isn't all that great.
Another nifty thing you can do is set up an email listserv. What it does
is you send a message to one address (like email@example.com) and it goes
to everyone in the troop. The easiest way of doing this is through
www.egroups.com. It's free.
For some more good scouting website guidelines, check out the Baden Powell
Award for websites at:
and go to the "Does My Site Qualify?" section.
My troop's website is at http://troop81.silence.org/. You can use ideas
from it and plagiarize as much as you want too. I hope this helps. Also
try looking at the winners from the Baden-Powell award.
At 01:24 PM 6/21/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Our SM has decided to expand our Troop Historian position into two
>positions and have one of them responsible for a troop web page (troop
>webmaster). As the historian advisor I will now be advising this
>position also. The present troop web page was created a while ago by a
>Life scout working on his communication MB. I don't know much about it
>(I haven't even looked at it yet, my access is down right now). I
>understand it was created in HTML. I appeal to the wisdom of the list
>with some questions.
>Would it be easier to obtain a Web Page publishing program and convert
>the site into it. I don't know a thing about writing in HTML or writing
>Web pages for that matter (I don't mind learning).
>What Web page programs are good and reasonable.
>Does anyone know or have written guidelines for Troop Web Pages.
>I have noticed some Troop addresses with www.bsa.troop?? in them. Does
>BSA host troop web sites?
>The first Troop webmaster will be the brother of the Scout who created
>the original site (Eagle Scout now off to college) . He will have access
>to his brother via e-mail and has the basic knowledge needed to do the
>job. I expect I'll be learning a lot from him at first.
>As the MC Publicity Chair and Newletter Co-editor this sems like a
>natural extention to my present work with the troop. It is a great
>opportunity for the scout as well. I think it will be a very sought
>after leadership position for the future. I would be curious to know how
>many troops are using Scout webmasters.
>MC Troop 40
>Hopewell Jct NY
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