These guidelines are adapted from policy established by the BSA Electronics Publishing Division for council Web sites.

1. Troop leadership has control over the content of the Troop’s official web site (i.e. the Troop Committee, uniformed leadership and chartered partner representative). If youth members are involved, they must be under the direct supervision of adults who have control of all content.

2. The content of the website must be appropriate to the Scouting movement and consistent with the Scout Law.

3. The website should not contain any links directly to any site that contains material that is not appropriate to the Scouting movement.

4. The website should not contain full names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses or other identifying information about youth members.

5. The website should not contain bulletin boards or chat rooms that make it possible for youth members to communicate with others through the site.

6. The website should consider the safety and privacy of members by obtaining permissions to release information about or identifying images of any specific person.

7. Preferably, the website should not contain any advertisements or commercial endorsements, except for the organization providing the site service if it’s provided for free or at discount. If the site does contain advertising, care should be taken to make certain that none of the advertising is inconsistent with the purposes of Scouting.

8. No merchandise will be sold through the web site using electronic fund transfers.

9. The website must abide by all laws regarding copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property.

10. The website must include the name of the unit’s chartered partner, contact information for the Troop Committee and an e-mail contact address for reaching the person managing the site, so visitors can report any problems or concerns.

11. The website should never be made to appear more official than it is. The page should not represent itself as an official publication of the National Capital Area Council or national organization of Boy Scouts of America, not even to casual readers.

12. Should the website move or be abandoned attempts should be made to notify organizations linking to it so that the link can be changed or removed.

Boy Scout Troop 43
of Manassas, VA