scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Communications
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET
Fri Mar 24 2000 - 11:04:26 CST
One of the ongoing challenges facing all Scouting units is communicating
with youth and adult members.
Recently, our troop (approximately 90 Scouts) has been using a free
distribution list service (eGroups) to send e-mail reminders and
information to our troop families. About 70% of our families have
e-mail. So far, the results have been very positive.
I discovered this service through Longs Peak Council Scouter Jeff
Bogart, who served as Course Director/Scoutmaster for the Wood Badge
course in which I participated in 1998. Jeff has established a
distribution list for our Wood Badge troop.
For additional information on eGroups, see: http://www.egroups.com/
If you elect to use this service, my advice is to set up your list so
that replies go to the sender of the message rather than to the entire
distribution list. You should also probably establish your list as a
"private" list so that non-members cannot view the list or post
The only downside we've noticed while using eGroups is that each message
contains a short commercial advertisement. This is how eGroups is able
to offer their services at no cost to their clients.
For a payment of about $5 per month, you can set up your distribution
list so that no commercial ads are included with your messages.
By the way, I believe e-Groups could be used for districts, councils, OA
chapters, OA lodges, youth groups, etc. where timely communications are
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
I used to be an Owl (WM-62-2-98 @ Philmont)