scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Scouting Cyberspace
Dalton, Lloyd P. (Lloyd.Dalton@UNISYS.COM
Fri May 26 2000 - 13:05:04 CDT
Jason Cruse raised some good points about Cyber-Scouting not being
evenly adopted by all scouters, and the difference in access between
geographic and demographic groups.
But in defense of the article's viewpoint, I believe the internet is
more important to scouting than to most other groups and associations.
Scouting is a very widely distributed, and very bottom-heavy organization.
Most of the important stuff happens on a local level, at troop and pack
meetings. Until recently, there has been no effective way to facilitate
communication between volunteers at this level.
The professional branch of scouting exists to deal with issues that
fall outside the scope of the local level. Things like finance, land
ownership, liability, marketing, expansion. These issues take precedence
over providing interaction and communication between geographically distant
Like other emerging technologies before it, the internet is growing
fast. (http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/iip/doeconf/carey.html). The internet as
we know it (the www) was born in 1991.
(http://www.isoc.org/guest/zakon/Internet/History/HIT.html). So in scouting
terms, the internet is about as old as a Webeloes scout this year (2000).
Many Webeloes scouts right now are relative beginners in scouting, but
they've got a lot of potential. I think the internet has the potential to
fill the communication void that many scouters sense when they look beyond
their own town. It has the potential to improve other things too, but the
main one is communication between scouters. The fact that you're reading
this helps prove that.
I think the article goes in the right direction by highlighting what
works and (hopefully) what doesn't work right now, with an eye toward future
SM, Troop 28
St. Cloud, MN