Exploring the Net

Written by Dianne Hegarty for MTGSC

This course is designed to provide the leader with information to help their girls complete any of the new recognitions involving the internet:

I do not profess to be a computer expert and the content herein is designed merely to share the knowledge that I do have. URL's are listed (rather than merely being linked to by description as on other pages in this site) so that you can have a printed resource if you so desire.

History 101

  1. What is the Internet ?(http://www.internet101.org/internet.html)
  2. What is the World Wide Web? (http://www.internet101.org/web.html)


Always a concern and not yet listed in Safety-Wise, safety takes on a whole new meaning when you open yourselves up to the entire world online.

  1. http://www.yahooligans.com/docs/safety/

Internet Service Providers (ISP)

A service provider is a company that you pay to receive a link up to the world wide web. The services they provide are varied as is the cost of each.


A browser is a program that you use to look at pages on the internet. It also allows you to navigate from one place on the net to another.

  1. See chart at http://www.rtis.com/nat/user/toolbox/browsers.htm
  2. For this course, we will use both Netscape and AOL's browser for comparison
  3. Bookmarks/Favorite places


Electronic mail is a means of sending a message from one computer to another via a modem.

  1. Screen name & address (ScottyGS@aol.com)
  2. Attaching document (make sure recipiant has software that can read document) 
  3. Address book
  4. Email etiquette (http://www.iwillfollow.com/email.htm)


  1. Net Guidelines (http://www.dtcc.edu/cs/rfc1855.html)
  2. Core Rules of Netiquette (http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html)
  3. Net Dictionary (http://www.netdictionary.com/)
  4. The Smileys & Acronyms Dictionary (http://wellweb.com/behappy/smiley.htm)

Mailing Lists

  1. Can search http://liszt.com for topic of your interest and following directions for subscribing to the list

Usenet Newsgroups

  1. Similar to mailing list in discussion but instead of getting direct e-mail, you need to connect to the newsgroup - can get newsgroups on many topics

Chat Rooms

  1. "Talk" with someone online
  2. Cautions (see safety above)
  3. AOL Scouting chats

Search Engines

To search for information on the internet, connect to a search engine and let it do the work for you. For best results, you must be specific with your topic using the narrowest term you can to describe your topic.

  1. Yahoo (http://www.yahoo.com) - also has a subject index for browsing                    a. Yahooligans for kids (http://www.yahooligans.com/)
  2. Meta Crawler (http://www.metacrawler.com)
  3. Web Crawler (http://www.webcrawler.com)
  4. Lycos (http://www.lycos.com)
  5. Scouting Spider (http://www.spider.scout.net/) for scout related sites

Web Rings

Many sites that are similar in content or topic are connected together via a "webring". You can travel from one site to the next and stay within the ring by linking to the "webring" symbol. There are several Scouting ones:

  1. WAGGGS webring
  2. Scouting Webring
  3. Spider Scout Webring

Website Construction

I do not profess to be an expert on this topic my any means. This website was constructed using AOL Press, an HTML editor downloadable for AOL members. It is a good idea to know a bit about HTML (hyper text markup language - the language used put information on the web) when using a text editor since problems may occur and you will need to know how to fix them. To this end, I read Web Publishing with HTML 3.2, third Edition by Laura Lemay.

  1. HTML tags (for listing see http://www.willcam.com/cmat/html/crossref.html)
  2. Online help (http://hakatai.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/tut/lessons.html)

Girl Scout Resource Sites

  1. Macscouter (http://macscouter.com/)
  2. Jim Speir's Scouting page (http://www.oocities.org/yosemite/5634/index.htm)
  3. Guiding Zone (http://guiding.skl.com/)
  4. Scout Hut (http://www.isd.net/stobin/scouting.html)
  5. Janet's Girl Scout Fun Page (http://www.oocities.org/Heartland/Plains/3017/index.htm)

National/International Girl Scout/Guide sites

  1. GSUSA Just for girls site (http://www.girlscouts.org/girls/MainMenu.htm)
  2. GSUSA site (http://www.gsusa.org/)
  3. WAGGGS site (http://www.wagggsworld.org/)
  4. WOSM (World Organization of the Scout Movement) (http://www.scout.org/)

Thinking Day

  1. Thinking Day Electronic Greeting Cards (http://www.bluemountain.com/index.html)
  2. WAGGGS Thinking Day Resource (http://www.cais.net/cwelch/gsrc/wagggs.htm)

Council Sites

  1. Girl Scouts of the Nations Capital (http://www.gscnc.org/)
  2. Prairie Hills Girl Scout Council (http://www.phgsc.org/)
  3. Tierra del Oro Council site (http://www.tdogs.org/)
  4. San Francisco Bay GSC site (http://www.sfbgirlscouts.org/)
  5. Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County site (http://www.girlscouts-gsscc.org/)

Troop Sites

  1. Troop 434 (http://members.aol.com/ScottyGS/index.htm/home.htm)
  2. Troop 300 Ceres,CA (http://www.thevision.net/dreamer/girlscout.html)
  3. Troop 399 (http://members.aol.com/GSLdrKay/index.html)

Ceremonies Sites

  1. Ceremonies Table of Contents (http://www.fament.com/girlscouts/ceremonies/ceremonytoc.htm)
  2. Guide Zone Ceremonies (http://www.guidezone.skl.com/i_ceremoni.htm)
  3. Skills Sites
    1. Compass (http://www.uio.no/~kjetikj/compass/)
    2. Orienteering for the Young (http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/james_baker/)
    3. Animated Knots (http://www.mistral.co.uk/42brghtn/knots/42ktmenu.html)
    4. Semaphore (http://osprey.erin.gov.au/flags/semaphore.html)
    5. Semaphore Conversion (http://www.bsa.scouting.org/cgi/sem.cgi)
    6. International Marine Signal Flags (http://osprey.erin.gov.au/flags/signal-flags.html)
    7. Morse Code (http://inter.scout.net/morse/)
    8. Flag Ettiquette (http://www.usachoice.net/post-32/flagetiq.html)
    9. Basic 8 Skills of Outdoor Adventures (http://www.tcsys.com/troop250/basic_8.html#TOP)
    10. Activities for Teaching Responsible Outdoor Skills - Minimal Impact (http://www.lnt.org/TeachingLNT/TeachingLNTHome)

    Outdoor Cooking

    1. Dutch Oven cooking (http://www.usscouts.org/cook_05.html)
    2. Tin Foil Recipes (http://www.usscouts.org/cook_03.html)
    3. Misc. Recipes (http://www.usscouts.org/cook_04.html)
    4. Cooking for Scouts and Scouters (http://www.macscouter.com/Cooking/)
    5. GORP Food Page (http://www.gorp.com/gorp/food/main.htm)
    6. WAGGGS-L Cyber Cookbook (http://www.oocities.org/Yosemite/5307/toc.html)

    Girl Scout Graphics

    1. Cambridge University Scout & Guide Club with format conversions (http://spot.newhall.cam.ac.uk/cusagc/clipart/)
    2. Graphmaster (http://www.oocities.org/~graphmaster/)
    3. Girl Scout Clipart (http://www.azmetro.com/gsclipart.html)
    4. Shrubbery's Graphics (http://www.oocities.org/Heartland/Plains/3644/icons.html)
    5. Macscouter Clipart Resources (http://www.macscouter.com/Clipart/)
    6. Laura's Girl Scout Icons (http://www.promoters.com/GirlScouts/GSicons.html)
    7. Ocean County Girl Scout Council Clipart (http://www.vitinc.com/gs/clp_art.html)

    Recognition Resources

    1. Society for Women Engineers Girl Scout Badge Workshops (http://www.swe.org/SWE/StudentServices/CareerGuidance/GirlScoutModules/girlscout_activity.html)
    2. Thousand Island GSC Council's Own Recognitions (http://www.scout.net/~troop150/ooc.html)
    3. Council's Own Badge & Patch Programs (http://members.aol.com/GSMomJoann/councilown.html)


    1. Ben Franklin's Crafts for Kids (http://www.bfranklincrafts.com/kid.htp)
    2. Aunt Annie's Crafts (http://www.auntannie.com/)
    3. Pack O' Fun (http://www.pack-o-fun.com/)
    4. Gimp Page (http://www.cam.com/gimp/)
    5. Michaels (http://www.michaels.com/main/mic-main.html)
    6. Craft Ideas A-Z (http://www.cais.net/cwelch/gsrc/crafts.htm)

    Patch Company Sites

    1. Design-It (http://www.design-it.com/)
    2. Joycrest (http://www.joycrest.com/)
    3. Patch Connection/Corner (http://www.patchco.com/)
    4. Welsh Industries (http://www.welshind.com/)


    1. G-Scoutmate software (http://members.aol.com/kevinc1081/)
    2. Girl Scout Trivia (http://www.fament.com/girlscouts/trivia.htm)
    3. About Juliette Gordon Low (http://www.savga.com/attract/girlsct.htm)
    4. Timeline of Girl Scout History (http://www.bono.com/dee/gshistory.html)
    5. Famous Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (http://www.bono.com/dee/famous.html)
    6. Great Outdoor Recreation Page - GORP (http://www.gorp.com/)
    7. You May Be A Green Neck (http://users.mwci.net/~nancylw/pg000016.htm)
    8. Simplicity Girl Scout Patterns (http://www.simplicity.com/girlscout.html)
    9. Graces (http://home.earthlink.net/~jmak/Music/Graces/menu.htm)

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