Scouting tests the waters of social networking

Wed, 12/31/2008 - 4:00pm
By: The Citizen

The Boy Scouts of America has begun testing of a new social networking web site just for the Boy Scouts. The web site,, will connect Scouting volunteers from all over the country with one another and allow them to share their stories, their experiences, and their suggestions about how to give children the best Scouting program possible.

 The web site is currently in the beta phase and is available to registered Scout leaders and volunteers who have a MyScouting account on Using the same user name and password, Scouters can log in and create their own unique profile page that will be used to share pictures, blogs, and announcements with their Scouting friends. Users will also be able to create groups for different areas of focus in the organization such as High Adventure, summer camp, and local Council service.

 The networking site comes as the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America launches a new public awareness effort to bring Boy Scouting back to the forefront of youth education. “It’s time to take our destiny and our definition back into our own hands,” says Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, “we have such a positive story to tell.” The site will help Scouting volunteers share their stories with one another so they can share them with the public.

About the Atlanta Area Council

The Atlanta Area Council serves 13 metro-Atlanta counties through hundreds of sponsoring organizations and several character education programs. Through Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing, the Atlanta Area Council aims to prepare young men and women to make ethical and moral decisions throughout their lifetime. For more information on the Atlanta Area Council, please visit

 About the Boy Scouts of America

Serving nearly 4.7 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

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