Rules for Internet Scouting Web Sites
Atlanta Area Council, BSA
- Purpose: To promote positive use of the internet and the world wide web while providing
for the protection of our youth and the Scouting program.
- Council (AAC) -- The Atlanta Area Council, BSA.
- Council Approved Site (Official Sites) -- Any internet site used to publish information
developed by or specifically for Council programs. Example: Publishing the contents of the
AAC College of Commissioner Science brochure could only be done on an official Council
approved site. Discussion and/or promotion of the college can be done on any site.
- Council Webmaster -- The Council Webmaster is a member of the Council Internet Committee
and is responsible for the day to day review of Council approved sites.
- Internet Web Site Committee -- The committee formed by the Council to promote the
positive use of this electronic medium.
- Internet Site -- Any public electronic medium accessible by computer to computer
communication. This includes, but is not limited to, web, ftp, and gopher sites.
- Member -- Any adult or youth member of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Private Sites -- Sites providing information about the Scouting program in an unofficial
- Unit Sites -- Sites run by units of the AAC to promote their own programs.
- Providing information through an internet site is considered publishing and is
subject to the same standards and restrictions of any publishing medium.
- Copyrighted materials are strictly prohibited on Council approved sites except
for BSA materials.
- Council Approved Sites:
- No member shall publish information covered under these rules or present
themselves as an official site of Council programs or display the official web site logo
without Council approval.
- While useful information about Council programs and divisions may appear on
many web sites, only one web site will be recognized as the official web site for that
- The Council Internet Committee shall develop an application procedure for
members wishing to operate Council approved sites.
- Council approved sites are required to post a link to the Council's web site.
This link shall include the official web site logo and the informational phrase developed
by the internet committee.
- Council approved status may be withdrawn without notice for failure to comply
with these rules.
- Other Sites:
- Unit sites, private sites, and other internet sites may not publish substantial portions
of published Council information. However, sharing program information is encouraged.
- Sites sharing information about the Scouting program are encouraged to use common sense
and the guidance of the Scout Law in the operation of their sites.
- Member Protection:
- Names and information about youth members shall not be published on the web without good
reason. Good reasons include recognition of achievement and providing names of program
- Pictures of youth may appear on the web as long as no personal information is associated
with the picture.
- Under no circumstances shall the address of phone number of any member, youth or adult,
be published on the internet.
- E-mail addresses may be published if worthwhile benefit to the program would be
- One adult with site access shall be named as the responsible contact for each site. In
the case of youth run sites, one adult and one youth, both of which have access, shall be
named the responsible contacts for each site.
- The name, address, phone number, and e-mail addresses of each responsible contact shall
be provided to the internet committee. Other pertinent information may be required.
- Accept as provided below, site access passwords should be restricted to the responsible
contact and the Council Webmaster.
- If it is necessary to share a password in order to work on a site as a team effort, the
password should be changed often.
- Passwords should be changed periodically.
- Liability: The Internet Web Site Committee, like other Council Committees, provides
general oversight of this program. Members operating these internet sites are responsible
for their content. The Council shall not be held liable for the contents of any web site
whether or not such web site has obtained Council approved status.
Source: Atlanta Area Council Program Planning Packet, August
Comments, corrections, and questions should be sent by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last modified on Monday, June 21, 2004