A Message from our Scout Executive
With the advent of social media, it is easier than ever to stay in touch with friends, state opinions, and share ideas. The downside to this is that it is also easier for our youth to see inappropriate text, photos and videos. Scout volunteers have an obligation to uphold the values of the Boy Scouts of America in everything they do. Below is a link to the Boy Scouts of America Social Media Guidelines. I think the following passage sums up the BSA’s stance:
“It is important to remember that all social media channels are, by nature, designed to be social, that is, shared with members of the public. As such, whatever social media activities you engage in should be completed with the understanding that the public will see them and may engage in an online dialogue with you as a result. You should not do anything on a social media channel that reflects poorly on you, other individuals in your council or unit, the Boy Scouts of America, or anyone else. Before posting any content on any social media channel, you should first ask yourself if that content is in keeping with the precepts of the Scout Oath and Law.”
Please take a few minutes to read these guidelines. Share them with your youth and adult leaders. Youth have more access than ever to inappropriate material through the internet. It’s our responsibility to ensure to the best of our ability that our youth stay safe online and offline.
Stan Murrow, Scout Executive, Northwest Texas Council