scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Troop Webmaster
Chris & Paula Sheridan (chris.sheridan@PCISYS.NET
Tue Nov 09 1999 - 16:50:50 CST
I want to thank people on Scouts-L for helping me earn my position as Troop
Webmaster. I got a lot of great advice from you about creating a Webmaster
job description (see below.) Your ideas really helped me sell this idea to
my Scoutmaster. My Troop's new website can be found at
www.ezlinks.com/bsa62/ Everyday I work on it a little bit, so it's always
changing. I've got a lot of stuff that I still want to do with the site,
but I got off to a good start. Thank you all for your help.
JOB DESCRIPTION FOR TROOP WEBMASTER
Dear Mr. ____________ (Scoutmaster)
I would like to serve our Troop in a position of responsibility as Troop
Webmaster. Since this is not one of the officially recognized positions
(like Patrol Leader or Quartermaster, etc.) I'd like you to consider
placing this job under the position of Historian or Scribe. I have learned
that some Troops can have 2 Historians or 2 Scribes, with one being
designated as Webmaster.
As the Troop Historian (electronic) I can display photos on the website to
help create a Pictorial History of the Troop. I have a digital camera and
access to a scanner to make this possible. Putting pictures of campouts on
would help get awareness of Scouts out to the public and allow Troop 62
Scouts to have the fun of seeing themselves on a webpage. An
electronic Historian would be in contact with the patrols to get
As the Troop Scribe (electronic), I can post announcements, an upcoming
events calendar, plans and activities for upcoming meetings. I can even
post links to other interesting sites. The position of Troop Scribe
(electronic) can also be used to post PLC minutes.
Other responsibilities would include coordination with the Troop
Quartermaster (for equipment list), Troop Committee (newsletter articles,
advancement data), Charter Partner (service projects or opportunities
available from them.)
I will also write all the code for my site rather than using an authoring
program. I am currently learning HTML. I will maintain our web site in a
timely and Scoutlike manner and will update the site weekly because all of
the other positions of responsibility are worked on that basis.
I would also include the Computers Merit Badge in this job description.
Mr. ______ has offered to be my counselor for this Merit Badge.
Mr. _______ has suggested that it would be good to have a knowledgeable
adult advisor to check the website and links and be the firewall for
incoming e-mail. My dad has offered to do this. Mr. ______ has said to
make sure I don't identify any Scout in any picture by first
and last name, or any other personal info. such as address, phone number, or
school they attend. This is from a Youth Protection standpoint.
I think that our Troop will find that having its own website can be very
beneficial as more and more families become internet active. The founders
of Boy Scouts may not have ever thought of the need for this position long
ago, but in this day and age a Troop could benefit by improving
communications and presenting a positive public image to anyone researching
which Troop they should join.