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scout troop website / troop webmaster

Postby EricH-p40 » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:14 pm

There is a new troop leadership position in the BSA called "troop webmaster" (see http://www.lds-scouts.org/Resources/S_TrpLdrshpPosns.pdf ). It is described as this:

"The troop webmaster is responsible for maintaining the troop’s website. He should make sure that information posted on the website is correct and up to date and that members’ and leaders’ privacy is protected. A member of the troop committee may assist him with his work."
A scout in our ward's scout troop was given this leadership position and wants to start putting together the troop website. I have done some Google searching a found a few LDS scout troop sites. Some seem to own their own domain names.

I think a good troop website would have photos, calendars, achievement rosters, event information, and the like. However, my concern is the privacy of the scouts. Would it be appropriate to build such a site and list only first names of the scouts? Or maybe the site should not be public and should require registration and username/password? Or does that make it too cumbersome for any of the scouts or their parents?

What would be our hosting options? Google pages seems to be a good starting point. I don't think the official lds.org ward web site gives enough options to build a troop site - it seems very limited in that regard.

With this new leadership position "troop webmaster", I believe there will be a lot of LDS troops asking these same questions soon ...

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Postby jdlessley » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:40 pm

You will find that a web presence for an LDS troop is not permitted. Refer to the Authorized Church Web Sites, 13 December 2004, policy letter. It specifically prohibits Scout units from having a web site. This policy letter has not been superceded or amended.
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Postby aebrown » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:42 pm

EricH wrote:However, my concern is the privacy of the scouts. Would it be appropriate to build such a site and list only first names of the scouts? Or maybe the site should not be public and should require registration and username/password? Or does that make it too cumbersome for any of the scouts or their parents?


I'd review the Authorized Church Web Sites policy, which specifically mentions Scout units among the groups that are not have web sites outside of lds.org.

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Postby EricH-p40 » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:11 pm

Okay, we'll follow the policy. I think we'll change the leadership position from Troop Webmaster to Troop Historian and have him do a periodic report or newsletter that is just printed and given to the boys and their parents.

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Postby aebrown » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:29 pm

EricH wrote:Okay, we'll follow the policy. I think we'll change the leadership position from Troop Webmaster to Troop Historian and have him do a periodic report or newsletter that is just printed and given to the boys and their parents.


Although the term "Webmaster" might not apply, you could assign a scout to work with the ward website administrator. That way the scout troop could have a web presence on the authorized ward website. He could do several things to make sure there is useful, accurate content on the ward website on lds.org, such as:

  • Provide details for scouting events on the ward calendar
  • Create a newsletter in PDF format to be posted in New and Information
  • Make sure the scouting positions in the Leadership Directory are correct

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Postby zaneclark » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:54 pm

Alan_Brown wrote:Although the term "Webmaster" might not apply, you could assign a scout to work with the ward website administrator. That way the scout troop could have a web presence on the authorized ward website. He could do several things to make sure there is useful, accurate content on the ward website on lds.org, such as:

  • Provide details for scouting events on the ward calendar
  • Create a newsletter in PDF format to be posted in New and Information
  • Make sure the scouting positions in the Leadership Directory are correct


Great suggestion! I am always trying to find ways to increase the interest in the web site. In fact after I think over the possible problems, I may try to interest other organizations in calling someone to work with me on the web site to benefit their unit....

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Postby techgy » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:45 pm

The only remaining issue with this position in terms of the LDS units is that a web site for a scout unit is among the listed web sites that are not permitted.

You can reference the policy on web sites that the Church has published at THIS location.
Have you read the Code of Conduct?

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Postby russellhltn » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:47 pm

I think they're talking about using LUWS, not a normal "website".
Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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TroopMaster Web

Postby shamill70 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:17 am

Troopmaster Software has launched a secure site for troop's to upload their databases in order to allow access to view certain parts of each scout's information based upon the configuration. The site is buried under the Troopmaster site and one has to know the troop's customer number in order to attempt to login. As this does not post any information publicly and the site is secure and encrypted, what is the policy for using it?
We launced the site several weeks ago and all who have logged in have found it to be very useful. My wife and I are the Advancement Co-Chairs and are the only ones allowed to make changes to advancement. Furthermore, parents without callings in the YM organization are allowed to only view their scouts' personal information.
We will discontinue use immediately if this is not allowed...

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Postby techgy » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:28 am

shamill70 wrote:Troopmaster Software has launched a secure site for troop's to upload their databases in order to allow access to view certain parts of each scout's information based upon the configuration. The site is buried under the Troopmaster site and one has to know the troop's customer number in order to attempt to login. As this does not post any information publicly and the site is secure and encrypted, what is the policy for using it?
We launced the site several weeks ago and all who have logged in have found it to be very useful. My wife and I are the Advancement Co-Chairs and are the only ones allowed to make changes to advancement. Furthermore, parents without callings in the YM organization are allowed to only view their scouts' personal information.
We will discontinue use immediately if this is not allowed...


I suggest you speak with your local PHD leadership regarding their interpretation of the current POLICY. All we can here in the forum is refer you to what's been made available.
Have you read the Code of Conduct?


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