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Troop 270 is committed to respecting and protecting the personal privacy of its members and those who visit its website. It is our policy to acquire personal information from users only by overt and voluntary means, only when it is in the interest of the user to provide it, and to utilize this information only for the purpose it was provided.

The information that follows explains the kinds of information the Troop 270 website collects, how it is used, the conditions under which it is made available to third parties, how information is maintained, and our compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

NOTE: This privacy policy applies only to troop270.com and crew270.com. Please contact the administrator of any other Scouting-oriented website for information about their own privacy policies and the information they collect about their site visitors.

What information does this site collect?
This site collects anonymous data that is not indicative of and cannot be traced to an individual without the cooperation of their Internet Service Provider. This data includes information about the user's remote IP address, referral data (which page "linked" to the present request), and the browser software's user-agent string. This information is accepted passively from the HTTP headers that are sent from the user when requesting any file from the server. Other anonymous data entered by the user may be collected in a common repository, including terms entered into the search engine, etc.

Personally identifiable data is collected only by means of form interfaces on the site, into which the user must voluntarily enter the information requested. This information is requested only when it is necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated by the interface containing the form that requests it. Such form interfaces require only the information reasonably necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated on the interface.

No attempt is made to covertly or "quietly" collect personally identifiable information, nor are cookies or any other tracking technology used for the purpose of coordinating information that a user may opt to enter in various interfaces on the site.

What organization is collecting the information?
Information entered by site visitors is retrieved directly by Troop 270: 26 Elm St., Thurmont, MD 21788.

How does the Troop 270 use the information it collects?
The anonymous information collected is used to monitor the usage of this website and the interests of those who use it. Data such as the volume of traffic to the server, the number of visitors a certain section of the site receives each month, or the most popular search terms are analyzed to derive general statistics about the site's reach and the audience's usage patterns.

Personally identifiable information is used only for the express purpose for which it was submitted. For example, if a user enters their contact information in the registration form for an event, the information will be used only to register them for that event, or to correspond with them regarding the event.

With whom does the Troop 270 share the information that is collected?
Troop 270 does not share personally identifiable information about its website visitors with anyone.

Reports, statistics, and other analysis of aggregate anonymous information may be shared within the Troop's organization. This information does not include any personally identifiable information.

Exception: Troop 270 reserves the right to use all information at its disposal and to share this information with ISPs, Law Enforcement Agencies and other third parties as necessary to investigate any incident of misuse or abuse of its site, server, or information systems.

How does Troop 270 maintain the information it collects?
In most cases, personally identifiable information is not maintained. Once it has been used for its intended purpose, it is deleted. Because of the brevity of this interval, no mechanism is provided to enable users to alter or delete information they have submitted.

How does Troop 270 comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998?
This legislation applies only to websites of a commercial nature. However, Troop 270 considers it to provide sound advice for any website that is intended for use by children.

Therefore, Troop 270 does not use its website to collect any personally identifiable information from children under 13 years of age. Any input form that requests personally identifiable information that appears on an interface that is expected to be viewed by children under 13 years of age is accompanied by a notice that submissions cannot be accepted from users under 13 years of age. Where "age" or "date of birth" is requested, no information will be stored or transmitted unless the response indicates that the user is 13 years of age or older.

Providing personal information is never a prerequisite for accessing any of the content or resources on this website. Specifically, refusal to provide personal information via a Web interface will never result in a user being denied access to any on-line content or resource they would be able to access were the information submitted.

Policy Modifications and Deviations
This policy was last modified on June 1, 2018
We may modify this privacy policy and will post those changes here. If the privacy policy changes in the future, we will not use any personal information you have submitted to us under the current Privacy Policy in a manner that is materially inconsistent with this Privacy Policy, without your prior consent.

It may be necessary to deviate from this general policy in unique instances and for specific purposes. In such instances, a link will be provided to a description of the deviation. This link will be placed where it can be reasonably expected to be noticed prior to submitting any information for which this privacy policy is modified or exempted in any way.

Adding Items to the Calendar

To add items to the calendar, you must have permission of the Troop committee. Once you do, you will be given edit access to the Troop's google calendar.  Simply add the calendar to your personal calendar and when you click on an existing event or click new event, you will have the choice of which calendar to add it to, yours or the Troop's. Add events as you normally would. Please be careful when adding events as we have had a few "personal" events added to the calendar in the past.

 

Editing a Web Page

Login
From the front page of the website, login using your login name and password.

Editing
Under the USER MENU on the left hand side of the Frontpage, click on "Your Details" and find the item, "User Editor". Change this to "Editor - JCE" or the editor of your choice, you can always change it to a different one if you don't like it. There a few to chose from.

After login, if you are Author-level or above, you will see a small pencil icon or gear next to the page title on every page that you have written. This is the edit icon or symbol.  If you see the pencil icon or gear on all pages, that means you are an Editor or Publisher.

Click the Edit Icon and it brings up the editor. You can now edit the content in wysiwyg (pronounced "wizzy-wig" - what you see iwhat you get) mode (ie visual editing, not code editing, as in MS Word for example).

If you do not understand what all the icons are on the WYSIWYG display, you can GO HERE to read the documentation on the JCE editor.

WHERE TO EDIT
You should only edit your pages. Any other content should not be edited unless expressly asked to do so by the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair. Editing other's articles can get your priveldges revoked. If there are pages that you did not author and you want removed or transfered into your name, email the Webmaster and it will be taken care of.

If you "Submit an Article" please make sure that you select correct category. Do not select show on front page. Once done submitting a page, the Webmaster will be automatically notified and it will be published.

Areas of the editor which you should be aware;
Title should not be changed unless with permission of the Webmaster

IMAGE
This will allow you to insert an image that alread exists on the server. And example is existing Scouting Icons.  Simply click this link, a window will pop up, select the scouting icons folder, select the image and click the INSERT button at the top. 

Publishing:
Category should be whatever best fits your article  but generally it should be in the NEWS category.
Published should be yes unless you want to leave it unpublished. Do not change it to no if it has already been published, especially if it appears of the front page of the website.
Show on Front Page should not be changed under normal circumstances. Please get the Webmaster's permission before changing this to yes!
Author Alias This can be changed to whomevers name is editing the page.
Start Publishing should be left blank or not changed under normal circumstances. If you want it to publish on a certain time and date, let the webmaster know in advance so that the article can be in place at the time it is set to publish.
Finish Publishing should be used if your page's information has an expiration date. This will automatically terminate the page so no one can see it after the date and time you chose.
Access level should not be changed under normal circumstances. If you change it to registered, no one can see it unless they actually sign in to the website.
Ordering should not be changed under normal circumstances.

Metadata:
Description Here you can enter any description you wish, generally something along the lines of "Scout Troop 270 of Thurmont, MD" is suficient.
Keywords Place any keywords here, seperated by commas, that you feel describe your page.

HTML
If you want to paste code in, such as pre-formatted HTML, then hit the HTML / Sourcecode icon on the editor's control panel - named <HTML> or Source. This normally works OK, but sometimes some tags get stripped, so it isn't a perfect solution for prebuilt code.

LINKS
To add a link to another page or external site, highlight the text you want to turn into a link and then click on the chainlink icon at the top of the editor.
Fill in the "Link URL" textbox.
From the Target dropdown, chose "open in a new window".
Click Insert

If you have any questions, please ask before doing!  Contact the Webmaster @  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GUIDANCE FOR UNIT WEBSITES

After considerable discussion and review, the BSA national council has issued the "Guidance for Unit Websites" below. These guidelines address a few vital items pertaining to unit Websites. District Webmasters will be allowed to link to these sites if they follow these guidelines. The Boy Scouts of America provides the following advice for units using privately owned Web sites and e-mail accounts to communicate information about Scouting.

Decorum
Scouters should exercise propriety and good taste online. Material that will be posted to a unit site or sent from a unit e-mail account should be reviewed by at least three adult members of the unit committee. Access (the ability to place material on the site or send messages from the account) should be controlled by an adult who is responsible to the committee.

Youth Protection
Names, and especially contact information pertaining to youth members, should never be gathered or published over the Internet. Additionally, photos should never identify a youth by name.

There's a federal law (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) that explicitly prohibits using the Internet for publishing or collecting personal information for children under 13 without written consent from a parent (a signed letter). No contact information for scouts under the age of 13 should be published on any District or Unit site. We do not allow publication of contact information for youth even with parental consent and even if they're 13-17 years of age. For areas of the Scouting program that may have a need, such as the Order of the Arrow, the only contact information published, should be a generic email address that is redirected to the Scout. For example, if the Lodge wishes to have email addresses for key leadership positions, the email should be something like: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., then have the mail redirected to the appropriate person.

Troop 270 rule: Youth will be identified only by their first name with no last name or initial on the Troop 270 website. No email addresses, phone numbers or addresses may be published on the website without a signed permission form from the adult (this applies to adults only, at no time will a youth's information ever be published.)

Copyright
Do not "borrow" (without permission) content for use in unit website. Written permission should always be obtained. Even when material is declared to be "free" or "public domain"; it might not be.

National Capital Area Council Links to Units
When considering whether to link to a unit website, the National Capital Area Council, via the district Webmasters, will assess the unit’s website to ensure it complies with the guidelines.

On-Line "Conversation"
Chat, guest books, and bulletin boards are three forms of interactivity that are not permitted for districts pages or unit websites because they require dedicated resources to monitor and control them sufficiently.

Chat Rooms.
These are online forums or message boards in which users "converse" by typing messages to one another in real time. Recent advances have also made it possible to audio- or video conference on the Internet. The first concern for districts should be youth protection issues; also "chat" makes it impossible for districts to control the text content of their sites. Because conversations take place in real time, messages are immediately posted to the site for others to view. Also, because chat participants are anonymous, often there is much less discretion exercised than in most forms of conversation.

The Council doesn’t allow district pages or unit websites to use "live conversation" technology altogether.

Guest Books.
Guest book programs are not allowed.

Bulletin Boards and News Groups.
These are a form of chat in slow motion: Users post messages and others may read and respond at a later time. Bulletin boards have the same inherent risks as chat. The Council does not allow bulletin boards and news groups.

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