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Scouter Run Web Hosting for Scout Units

MarkRowell

Mark Rowell - Founder of CenterTrail.com

Scouter Mark Rowell has teamed up with other Scouting parents to develop a “do it yourself” web hosting solution at CenterTrail.com for Scout unit web sites. CenterTrail.com offers templated web sites, easy to use WYSIWYG tools, and unit level administrative control over content at an affordable low annual price that is based on the number of Scouts in the unit. The sites are designed for ease of use and do not require any knowledge of HTML or web technologies. They include image and file upload interfaces, WYSIWYG and script-safe HTML editors, and drag-and-drop positioning/ordering of lists. Most content elements can be copy/pasted. Word docs can be pasted into the WYSIWYG editors for quick custom page creation.

You don’t need to own a domain name to use this service. You will be provided with a web address of your own that includes your unit name. If you do have a domain name, the team at CenterTrail.com can show you how to point your domain to your hosted site.

CenterTrail.com offers web sites tailored for Packs, Troops, Crews, and Girl Scouting.

Offerings

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You can click on any of the offering to get more information about each type of unit web site that is offered. Below is a sample of what is available to Scout Troops.

Web Sites for Troops

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Below is a screen shot of a sample Troop web site:

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Over the past few weeks I have had an ongoing dialog with Mark and his developers, Jason and Michael, about the web site. I found that when I asked questions, they were eager to answer and equally happy to take on suggestions. It isn’t often that you will find a web host that is that responsive and helpful, but then again this is Scouting and they are Scouting volunteers which makes a big difference. You can read more about the web developer team at http://www.exploredtrail.com/marketing/about_us.

The team is committed to protecting the privacy of youth members and also uses SSL protected password logins to protect information on each site.

Here is what the founder of CenterTrail.com has to say about his team and his hosting solution:

One of my biggest concerns over the years have been the inconsistency of BSA web offerings, namely websites of individual units. They are all over the place in look, quality, etc.

Most importantly I have been concerned more recently with units using social media and poorly secured websites that challenge the Child Protection rules of the BSA.

As such I and a couple amazing web designers have created a website building tool for Troops, Packs, Crews and . . ..

I wanted to . . . let the Scouting world know of our product as it will not only help units build a quick professional site, but has a public front end and a private backside created to protect children.

Over the long term we are hopeful in bringing consistency to unit websites and then to work to tie all the amazing information and calendars together. As like you, our goal is to share information and create products to improve the BSA offering.

You can read a little about my family’s back ground on the about us on our website if you are interested. Go to www.centertrail.com and then click on any of the unit types. At the top of those unit websites you will see our bio’s.

We have an amazing team with similar goals!

Disclaimer: Neither the NetCommish nor the U.S. Scouting Service Project is affiliated with CenterTrail.com. No advertising revenue is being generated from this article. This information is provided for informational purposes only.

From time to time the NetCommish site will feature Scouter owned and operated business that support Scouting. In each case readers are advised to carefully review any offering and encouraged to discuss any questions they have with the Scouter(s) operating the business.

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Michael F. Bowman is Vice President for Services and Board Member, U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. He has served as the primary webmaster for the U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. since 1997 and has operated the NetCommish web site since 1994. More information about The NetCommish
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