Creating a web site for your Pack, Troop, Unit or Group
Web Site HostingUnfortunately Sydney North Region is unable to host web sites for Scout Groups or Formations. Currently NSW Scouts is unable to provide this facility either.
If you are looking for free hosting, you will generally need to accept advertising on your web site. To find a suitable free hosting provider, we recommend you search on Google.
Design & HTMLThere are many easy ways to create a web site. You can learn HTML using one of the many free HTML tutorials available (again, try Google to search for free HTML lessons).
Or you can use a program to design the web page without ever touching a line of HTML. There are applications from Microsoft and Adobe that do a decent job, but we recommend Nvu which is open-source and free to download and use.
Concentrate on ContentOne of the most common mistakes made by well intentioned scouting people wanting to make a web site for their Scout Group is getting carried away with the design and totally forgetting about the content.
What makes a great web site? It's not a fancy design or cute images. A great web site is only great because of its content. Concentrate on the content, not the design, and your web site will do well. A web site with a fancy design and no useful content is not really a web site.
What can you put on your web site? Here are some ideas to get you started:
PrivacyRemember, the internet is open for all to view. You need to consider the privacy of your members and their families. Be careful about what details you publish on the site, and also be careful about what photos you publish.
Regular UpdatesDon't forget to keep your web site updated! There is nothing worse than a web site that starts out well but then gets neglected and then slowly stagnates because someone lost interest. If you're going to start a web site, you need to be in it for the long haul.
Links from the Sydney North Region web siteOnly Group web sites are linked from the Sydney North Region web site home page.
Mob, Pack, Troop, Unit and Crew web sites are only linked from the home page for the relevant section.
To be linked from this web site, your web site must:
If your Group web site is ready, send an email to the Webmaster to have your web site added.
Event calendarUnfortunately the Region web site event calendar is not setup to display group-based events. The region calendar can only display region, state and national Scouting events. We recommend that you add your Group, Mob, Pack, Troop, Unit and Crew events to a calendar on your own Group web site.