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Subject:  General Introduction

Welcome to the rec.scouting hierarchy.  This is an unmoderated
Usenet news grouping aimed at Boy and Girl Scouts, Girl Guides,
Cub Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, other scout-like organizations, their leaders,
and all people interested in Scouting and Guiding around the world.

Other news groups of interest to Scouting are located


No binary files are allowed in any rec.* groups.  If posted they
will be deleted.

There are now four groups in the rec.scouting listing.  

Usually, an article should be posted to only one of the rec.scouting

Rec.scouting.usa, is directed to the large number
of participants that are directly or indirectly involved in
Scouting (and Scout-like organizations) within the United
States of America.  This group is intended to be the primary
place for BSA and GSUSA specific posts.  If you don't know
if your post is BSA specific, please post it on rec.scouting.usa
However,  if your post is at all controversial, please post it
on rec.scouting.issues.

Rec.scouting.issues exists as a forum for discussion of 
sensitive, religious and political issues relative to the 
various aspects of Scouting and Guiding. is a group for members of organizations
associated with the World Association of Girl Guides and 
Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).  All parties with an interest in  this 
aspect of Scouting and Guiding are encouraged to participate 
in this group.  This is the international forum for Girl Scouting.

Rec.scouting.misc is an *international* scouting and guiding forum
intended for discussions of all aspects of guiding and scouting.  It is
not the place for posts specific to BSA or GSUSA, or where other
relevant national newsgroups exist; but those without national
newsgroups should use this one.  Questions about and ideas for
activities are most welcome.  Be careful to explain local terms for
international understanding.  Use whatever language you think will be
best understood.

Postings not related to scouting or guiding are discouraged.

If you have a useful item to be included wth this FAQ file
please write it and post it to rec.scouting.misc.  Please send a
copy directly to me and I will add it to the file.

NOTE:  The term rec.scouting.* refers to the rec.scouting hierarcy
within this FAQ.

This file or parts of it may be freely used, printed and re-distributed
as long as you enclose this paragraph and keep the references to the
respective contributors and to the maintainer (listed below) intact.

-- Bill Nelson  <>

Subject: Etiquette Guidelines -- rec.scouting.* From: Bill Nelson <> Date: 22 Jun 1996 *** ETIQUETTE GUIDELINES *** Before reading any further, please go to the newsgroup 'news.announce.newusers' and read the posting: 'Rules for posting to Usenet'. This article describes some of the preferred rules for posting on Usenet. People posting to the rec.scouting groups are expected to know and abide by these rules. It is also recommended to review RFC 1855 "Netiquette Guidelines" which can be found at: The best starting place for learning about Usenet is Indiana University's Usenet Resources page, at: The following guidelines are in addition to the above. o It is expected that scouts, guides and scouters adhere to the principles of their organization's oath, promise or law pertaining to proper behavior. o Before asking a question, check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here and in the FAQ file for your rec.scouting.* group. Chances are the answer is there. o Please do not "flame" (insult) anyone in these newsgroups. Discussions will naturally bring disagreements, however, rebuttals should always be made in a rational, logical and mature manner. A good rule of thumb: Be conservative in what you send and liberal in what you receive. You should not send heated messages even if you are provoked. On the other hand, you shouldn't be surprised if you get flamed and it's prudent not to respond to flames. Don't get involved in flame wars. Neither post nor respond to incendiary material. o If an inappropriate, or off subject note is posted to a group please send a private email to the poster informing them of the appropriate subject matter for the group. Such action should be taken with all due respect and in a polite (Scout-like) manner. Please do not post a reply to the group. A posted reply only adds to the clutter in the group. o The rec.scouting hierarchy is international in scope, Readers not familiar with your specific organization may have difficulty understanding some of your terminology. In fairness to these people, please define terms and expressions in your posting so all can understand exactly what you are writing about. o If you post concerning a specific organization (e.g., Scouts Canada) Please put the name of the organization (e.g., SC:) in the subject line since many organizations share the same names for their particular programs (e.g., Cub Scouts). o English is not the only allowed language on rec.scouting.*; however, it is the most widely understood. So if you're posting a message in another language, please, if possible, add a short abstract of its content at the beginning. o Please limit the amount of material included from previous postings and try to be concise. However, make sure that you include enough of the original post so as to make your follow-up sensible. o If you state any facts, please cite a reference where interested people can find further information, and verify the citation. Please refrain from making global generalizations, such as "The xxxx organization is the only organization in the world that does such and such." o Please re-edit your Subject and Newsgroup lines before sending a follow-up. Replies in the third round rarely have a direct relation to the original subject. o Please remember the charter of each newsgroup. If you find that your discussion is going outside of this charter, please take it to another group or off-line. o The bottom line: post intelligently, and make this newsgroup worthwhile to read through. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Where to Go From Here ---------------------------------------------------------------------- There are a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) files posted on the individual news groups as well as archived at: The next FAQ we recommend you read is: [rec.scouting.*] About the Scouting newsgroups (FAQ 1) it can be found here: End of [rec.scouting.*] Welcome - Read this First (FAQ 0) *********************************************

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