BSA Social Network Site a Reality?

Some of you may remember hearing about the Boy Scouts of America preparations to launch a Social Network site for its members.

This fall, the BSA plans to launch its first social networking site where volun­teers and Scouts can sign up to receive information about the program. The goal is for the site “to be more of a forum where Scout leaders can learn from other Scout leaders.

Well, the BSA Social Network called “Scouting Community” is currently in up and running in a beta release. According to the FAQs, “Scouting Community is a “social networking” site for Scouts, similar to MySpace and Facebook. Social networking sites let people with similar interests make contact with each other online. They can share information via blogs, discussions groups, photos, and videos. So basically, it’s a Web site designed for people to share ideas.

The Scouting Community allows members to create individual profiles, post photos, create and join groups, post and comment on member and group blogs, search members, and participate in forums. Currently there are groups for Councils, Health and Safety Team, Camps, Order of the Arrow Lodges, and more. The forums are just starting to get some active conversations going.

According to the Scouting Community Administrator, the site will be in Beta for the rest of 2008.

If you are interested in checking out Scouting Community, you can log in with your myscouting login at: http://community.scouting.org.

Please remember that the site is in beta which means there will be frequent changes and the kinks are still being worked out.

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saw this on scout-sl today was wondering when you were going to post it since i knew you were on there.

By John on October 29th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

I was hesitant to post anything, even though it was open for registration, because it was still in Beta and had some kinks to work out. After I saw that it went live on “Scouts-L”, I figured all bets were off.

Its an interesting setup. It will be interesting to see if it becomes a useful tool or if it flops.

By Dan on October 29th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

I’m a little concerned. I logged in for the first time and it shows me as already a member of several groups. It shows me with a different name, but all other scouting info is correct.

By John on October 30th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

@John (2): That is kind of weird. I know people can make you a member of their group without your permission. (hence why I am a member of the Northern Tier Group without ever going to Norther Tier.) That doesn’t explain multiple groups and a different name though. The name should come from the first part of your email address, unless they changed it again.

You might want to post on the forum or contact Eric Brown, he is the administrator and should be able to look into whatever happened.

By Dan on October 30th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

From the Scouting Community Developer’s Blog:
“User account creation – we had a bug that allowed users with the same username (e.g., ‘john’) to be created. We are working to solve this problem as soon as possible. We have been able to add a ‘quick fix’ to solve the problem so that users won’t overwrite another user’s profile, but a longer term fix is in the works.”

By Dan on November 1st, 2008 at 7:29 pm

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