Council: Frequently Asked Questions
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- Where can I find Scouting clip art?
- How can I be prepared for severe weather?
Scout leaders should always help their Scouts to be prepared for all types of weather. The National Council offers an online weather training called, "Are You Weather Smart?" Click here to go to the Online Learning Center to learn about severe weather safety or begin other training regarding health and safety matters.
- I've been away from Scouting for years, but can I get my records from your Council?
Unfortunately, the Council does not keep individual records of registration, advancement, training, or from other areas for more than 10 years.
- How is the council prepared for severe weather at its camps?
Severe weather cannot be prevented, but Scouts and leaders can be adequately prepared for most situations in the outdoors. The council's summer camp staff and directors of Cub Adventure Camp receive training on severe weather procedures. At Boy Scout summer camp, a weekly fire drill is conducted to help prepare all campers for possible emergencies. The health and safety of all youth members and adult volunteer leaders is the council's highest priority.
- What is the Rule of Four?
The Rule of Four refers to the nation policy of the Boy Scouts of America, which requires a minimum of two youth members and two adult leaders (one of whom must be at least 18 years of age) for all council-sponsored activities.
- Can I donate to the Boy Scouts Online?
Individuals can make contributions to the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, through an on-line service.
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- Are there any guidelines for unit Internet web sites?
While units and members act as private individuals when communicating with the public, the National Council provides the following advice for those who use the Internet to promote and support their units or to communicate to the public about Scouting:
Scouters should exercise propriety and good taste. Remember that the Internet (including web sites, chat rooms, bulletin boards and even e-mail messages) is a public medium. Your conduct reflects not only on yourself and your unit, but also on the entire Scouting movement whenever the audience knows you are a Scouter.
- Personal Safety
While most Internet users are honest, there is a criminal element that seeks information as a way to gain access to victims. For that reason, be especially careful about providing any personal information -- names, images, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, etc. Always ask permission before posting personal information about adult volunteers, and never publish personal information about youth members.
- Legal Issues
Myriad federal and state laws govern publishing in any medium, including the Internet copyright infringement, privacy of information, defamation, etc. You should familiarize yourself with these laws so you can ensure that the information you publish doesn't create any legal problems for you or your chartered organization. Key among these legal issues are that (1) you should never collect personal information about youth members over the Internet and (2) you should never reproduce or display on your web sites content from some other source without written permission.
- BSA Policies and Procedures
All policies and procedures that apply to any activity are still in effect when that activity is conducted on the Internet. For example, any online recruiting must be done in accordance with policies and procedures that govern offline recruiting.
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- What are the BSA policies regarding participation in political rallies or events?
Boy Scouts of America policy prohibits Scouts from participating in political activities. BSA membership applications, under Program Policies, state: Citizenship activities are encouraged, but partisan political activities are prohibited.
Uniformed unit members and leaders may participate in flag ceremonies at political events and may lead the Pledge of Allegiance; however, they should retire after the ceremony and not remain on the speakers’ platform or in a conspicuous location where television viewers could construe their presence as an endorsement or symbol of support. In addition, photos of candidates or Scouts in uniform or BSA marks and logos are not allowed in political campaign materials of any kind. Leaders must be alert to situations that would imply that the BSA favors one candidate over another. Strict observance of our long-standing policy against the active participation of uniformed Scouts and leaders in political events is mandatory.