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Facebook is great for sharing pictures (even while on the trip) with friends, family, and absent crewmembers.

Crew Advisor K.S.

POWAY, CALIF.

ASK YOUR FAMILIES

It often takes several forms of communication to get infor- mation to every Scout and family. Survey each family for the ways they would like to receive information. Some may not want their e-mail address, Facebook page, or phone number on mass lists. Others may not have access to these sites or technologies.

Asst. District Commissioner F.W.K.

TUCSON, ARIZ.

ANNOUNCEMENTS WORK

We have our own Facebook page, where I post announce- ments and the calendar. However, we have Scouts

who don’t have Internet access, so at each meeting we verbally give announcements. That seems to work better than the Internet, especially for our Cub Scouts, who must hear things to remember them.

Pack Trainer C.T.

CALHOUN, GA.

ON FACEBOOK’S TERMS

Please note that the Terms and Conditions of Facebook require users to be at least 13 years old. There are definitely Scouts out there who are not that age, and they should be following the rules set by the company. We as leaders shouldn’t set up a system where we encourage them to break the rules.

Troop Committee Chair P.W.

LIVEMORE, CALIF.

SEIZE A TEACHABLE MOMENT

There’s nothing wrong with telling parents that their

boys will come home with information from every meeting. And there’s even less wrong with expecting the boys to take notes of impor- tant dates and information given out at the meetings. Personal responsibility is still tantamount to this process. Teaching young men that they must participate in this process is critical to their growth.

Scoutmaster C.F.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J.

DO YOUR BEST

A lot of repetition and a variety of methods are needed to get messages and informa- tion out. Even then, some people claim that they didn’t get it. Follow the Cub Scout Motto: “Do Your Best.”

Cub Scout Committee Chair S.M.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.

FIRST NAMES ONLY

We use a lot of e-mail, and security is always a concern. Because of that, we only use the Scout’s first name if they are mentioned in the e-mail. If the message fell into the wrong hands, a stranger would not be able to discover the Scout’s full identity. We just wrapped up First Aid merit badge, and this process worked nicely throughout the entire badge.

Assistant Scoutmaster J.K.

LOVELAND, COLO.

KEEP IDENTITIES SAFE

On our troop’s Web site, we don’t post anyone’s name with their picture until they are either 18 or earn their Eagle Scout—that’s when they show up in the local paper anyway.

Assistant Scoutmaster J.D.

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