Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Council/Resource Website request
Re: Council/Resource Website request
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Sat, 14 Aug 1999 15:41:48 CDT
Don Shull wrote:
>I'm looking for some good Council and Resource sites to use as a guide >for
our Council's website. I've been asked to help on our council's >website
committee. On of these days, I'm going to learn what the two >letters
between M and P are. :-)
Cute...*heheheehehee* I'm a little slow on the uptake today; has something
to do with looking at photos and deciding which ones are going on various
CDs which I'll be "cutting" between now and Monday morning!!
(for those that didn't catch it...Don's referring to the letters "NO",
something very few of us Scouters get to say *in regards to Scouting* (not
in regards to attending Backstreet Boys concerts with your honies!
>I have the U.S Scouting Project, Nationals and of course Mike Walton's.
>Specific ones that I'm looking for are Don Young's and the one with
>Baloo's Bugle (they may be the same, I can't remember). I know that >I've
seen some real nice council sites over the course of several years, >and I
would like to "borrow" some ideas from them. Any sites that you >feel are
good at portraying Scouting, I'm interested it.
This question comes up from time to time and somewhere I've got a listing of
what I called my "favs.." Wait a minute...I thought that I posted it
somewheres.... hang on...
*theme from Jeapardy plays in background*
Okay!! I remembered what happened:
When I revised the Leaders' Online (tm) site, I had two formats. One of the
formats I never did use, and instead I stored the files on a ZIP disk. This
one, as a matter of fact (I'm using a ZIP disk to access and store all of my
Scouting stuff because it's kinda against military policy to place personal
software onto a government-owned computer; we've got an exception to policy
down here, but I still prefer leaving here with all of my stuff without
having to delete large amounts of files from a hard drive...*smiling*).
So, here it is. I'll see if I can post it electronically to one of my AOL
sites so that it stays somewhere until I'm ready to incorporate it into LO!
A lot of Scouters ask me "Where do you get a lot of your information from?"
when answering questions. Besides my four-pound binder which sits now beside
my desk, and the GeoDex with lots of personal phone, fax and email numbers
within it of folks I've known through the years, and besides the other
resources surrounding me in this room (books, manuals, slides, recordings,
and lots and lots of paper products!), here's where I get a lot of what I
share with you from.
A lot of the sites are "portals", and you'll have to just go through them
and find the information you're seeking. But I'm confident that like me,
you'll find at each of these sites information that you can use to make your
My Resource Assistants
Scouter's Compass (http://compass.scouter.com)
The Scouters' Compass has archives of the Scouts-L and other groups'
traffice from the past four or five years. It's a great resource to see what
has been said in the past about a topic as well as to get quick answers to
questions you've had. I give it a ten with a bullet!
Council Directory (http://www.paonline.com/bobwhite/councils.xls)
While I've still got my Directory of BSA Councils in the "updating and
future" part of the whiteboard here, Dave Hultberg has generated a great
directory in MS-Excel format. I've converted it to Geos format and use it
almost daily in researching Council numbers, names and addresses!
US Scouting Service Project (USSSP) (http://www.usscouts.org)
>From Dave Tracewell, the "Virtual International Representative": One of the
"hats" I wear in Scouting is being the President of the U.S. Scouting
Service Project, Inc. If you haven't visited our site (which, btw, had over
a millions page views last month), you might want to check it out. Mike
Bowman, a Board Member of the USSSP, a long time Internet Scouter, and our
Webmaster, has done a terrific job of keeping it up to date.
Bowline Archives (http://www.bowline.org/search/bowsearch.html)
Bowline is a group of mailing lists and summaries aimed primarily at the
parents and supporters of Scouting. Much of the "Scoutmaster Minutes"
information is placed here, along with a vast amount of other goodies. I use
this site for antedocal information for public speaking engagements as well
as a weekly "pick me up" when I feel down sometimes. It's a great site to
Streamwood Company Site (http://www.streamwood.net)
Chris Jensen's Streamwood is by far the BEST trading/selling/information
backup I've got for various BSA insignia, books and uniforms!! When I can't
find out the answer to a uniform item from my stuff here, I'm posting Chris
to see if he's aware of the item. His "Weird Patch Deals" are super and his
other Scouting services are equally first-rate. Check it out! You'll see!
The MacScouter (http://www.macscouter.com)
Gary Hendra's excellent site especially designed and created for and by the
Macintosh (why it is called the "MacScouter")!! There's a lot of great
resource material here as well as links to camping and outdoor resources
OUTSIDE of Scouting!
Merit Badges 'R Us! (http://www.meritbadge.com)
I love going to this site not just for the content, but because the site's
well-constructed and doesn't waste my time. Oh yeah, the merit badges here
are always updated with the most current versions of the requirements.
The Eagle Scout's Lair (http://www.eaglescout.com)
When I've had the EagleTips going, this site didn't exist. Now, it's a major
source of not just information on Eagle Scouts and how to go about the
process, but also the source of information on those letters to send to
Scouts whom have earned the highest youth award in Scouting!
Links for Grown Up Scouts
Part of the Pacific Skyline Council, BSA, these pages and links provide a
good crosssection of information that I have used for speeches and training
sessions! And it has Scouting pdf forms!
Whenever I want to find out what I or anyone else has said about Scouting in
the USA, this is where I go. Dejanews keeps archives on all of the Scouting
discussion, and the search engine's easy to use!
Whenever I want to find out what I or anyone else has said about significant
Scouting issues online, this is where I go. Dejanews keeps archives on all
of the Scouting discussion, good and bad, and the search engine's easy to
use! (Warning: some of the language is NOT suitable for young Scouts or many
The Pine Tree Web (http://www.pinetreeweb.com)
When I want to take a historical trip back, this is where I go to. One of
the most, if not absolutely the most, documented set of files and resources
about Scouting. Lew Orens has done a superior job of posting the history of
Scouting, including the most complete history and background of the founder
of Scouting, Sir Robert Baden-Powell!
All of those locations link to yet other locations, to include the Boy
Scouts of America's official site (http://www.bsa.scouting.org) and that of
others whom are putting together specific content for the benefit of all of
This is the sort of thing we talk about on Scouts-L's "cousin mailing list",
called E-Scouts. If you have interests in providing Scouting information
electronically, this list was geared for you to participate in. To
subscribe, send a posting without a signature to LISTSERV@TCU.EDU, and in
the body of your posting type SUB E-SCOUTS Firstname Lastname (where
"Firstname Lastname" is your first and last name). It's a low-volume list,
but it's a great resource!!
Baloo's Bugle is found at http://usscouts.org/bbugle/ and Don DeYoung's
great Pack site is located at http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/9152. And
my site is linked below in the signature.
There's other resources I use, but those are a starter... hope this all
helps out! And if anyone finds a good Girl Scouting site, please let me
know. I want very much to add a couple of Girl Scouting sites to my personal
(Disclaimer: I have personal interests in three of the sites mentioned
here. I write for Scouters' Journal, which manages the Scouter's Compass
site; I'm on the board of the US Scouting Service Project, which manages the
USSSP site; and of course, my own site, called "The Tree." I offer all of
these sites, in no order of importance, in order to help Scouters to find
information they are seeking. Please don't take this list as an endorsement
of these sites over the many hundreds of Scouting sites on the World Wide
Web...there are many GREAT ones other in addition to these out there, and an
awful lot of Scouts and Scouters providing that content for all of us!!)
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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