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Creating a Website for your Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or Girl Scout Troop
Do You Currently Have a Scout Website?
Free Boy Scout Troop Website, Free Cub Scout Pack Website, Free Girl Scout Troop Website
As a Scout leader, one of the things we want to do is communicate to our Pack or Troop consistently and without much effort. Email has become the great communication method, and more recently the growth of websites has become more popular.
The problem is, as scout leaders, we don't have a lot of money to spend on a website, as we would rather spend it on the kids, and keeping a website up is not something easily done.
As cub scout, boy scout, and girl scout leaders we want the website to be secure, create a calendar, display pictures of past events, act as a repository of information, and be easy to use.
Below you will find some options to create websites, some free, some not free. Some easy to use, some you'll need to work at. But keeping the communication lines open with your Cub Scout Pack, Girl Scout Troop, or Boy Scout Troop keeps the scouts moving forward.
The Best Place to Land Your Scout's Website
In 2010, our Cub Scout Pack decided it needed to get with it and create a website where we could put up pictures, keep a calendar, and dimeminate information. By mear luck, we landed on Scoutlander when I saw a couple of sites linking to my Cub Scout Skits page here on Squidoo.
Scoutlander as of August 2010 is FREE to use and offers everything we wanted. A public place where we could advertise our Cub Scout Pack, and a private section to keep pack information. Scoutlander provides a calendar and automatic emails 48 hours a head of an event. We can make pages about hiking, the pinewood derby, crossover, and popcorn sales. We can post pictures and send emails. For a free system it offers a lot of useful tools. The pages are freeform, offering a lot of flexibility and are very intuitive to use if your use to Microsoft Word. One downside of Scoutlander is that there is only one template.
You can even create a website url. To see more, check out our Cub Scout Pack 110 in Naperville website.
Yahoo! Groups or Google Sites
Both are very similar in that they offer public and private sections of the website controlled by the web administrator. They offer page creation, calendar functions, and email capabilities. The downside of these is they are free form and don't offer too many templates to get started. Your users will need to be somewhat website literate to create and edit pages.
Wordpress Template for Scout Website
Wordpress is an easy to use site that allows a lot of flexibility to create a blog and static web pages. At Wordpress.com allows you to start with a free site and then move to an inexpensive monthly package. Once you have decided to use Wordpress for your scout website, you'll want to load a free template. There are a few good looking templates out there: