SM Tip - Social Media and Scouting
In Scout troops across the country, Facebook and Twitter have become increasingly important communication tools, often edging out phone trees and email as the most popular ways to send and receive information.
For all their benefits, however, social media have their limitations as well. You have to be 13 to sign up for Facebook, for example, and social-media sites create the potential for the sorts of inappropriate adult-to-youth contact that would never be acceptable in the offline world.
To help troops, districts, and councils use social media wisely, the BSA has recently created an extensive set of social-media guidelines. You can access the whole document at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Marketing/Resources/SocialMedia.aspx, but here are a few highlights:
* All users should honor a given site's terms of service-no Cub Scouts on Facebook, for example.
* Scout-adult communication should take place in the open-e.g., on Facebook walls instead of through Facebook messages. Otherwise, a second adult should be copied (and not blind-copied) on all messages (emails, for example).
* Troop Facebook pages should not be private, and there should be at least two administrators with password access.
Again, those are just highlights. I encourage you to study the entire document carefully and make sure your troop's practices are appropriate.
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SM Tip - Social Media and Scouting@Gopal
I'm not really udsrentanding what you mean in the last paragraph? Did you mean Young Men and not YW? What's any of that got to do with fast offerings? I frankly don't like the FOS drive. But I donate because if the church is actually asking for it on such a large scale, the Lord's servants must feel it is worthwhile despite its certain many imperfections.I suppose it's also recognition that I really should be willing to detach myself from my wealth and freely give it when called upon. I don't begrudge donating, I just don't fully realize the value like others of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to executive incomes when the church could easily duplicate and improve upon scouting within the YM program itself in a matter of weeks for a fraction of the cost. Typing all that out for the first time, I get the sense that perhaps the church is not just interested in what scouting can do for the church youth (as we can easily do that with our own programs), but perhaps the immense good the BSA does for all those other youths that are involved. Viewed in that light, it's like we're supporting an organization that helps train up other good young men in many other faiths. Surely if the church pulled out of scouting, the BSA as a whole would suffer financially, which would have an impact on thousands of other non-member kids.Of course I'm not one to judge if that's sufficient reasoning as we all know there are many other better ways to help kids around the world. Not to mention the lack of comparable support for girls organizations (outside of the church).
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