As a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America and an Eagle Scout, I love Scouting. It’s been a major (and awesome) part of my life, and when anything happens with the organization, it catches my attention. Today, it got all the better.
The BSA has been looking for software to manage their services, and have turned to Open Source and the community to help build the software for their systems. They even have a site set up for what they are calling the BSA Open Source Initiative.
What’s interesting is what’s listed on the “History” page. See below for an excerpt:
“The Boy Scouts of America have an opportunity to take a leadership role in the expansion of Open Source Software beyond technology oriented communities. OSS is in its infancy as a resource for general users and non technology organizations. Outside of the technical and scientific communities very little is known about OSS and the benefits that can be gained from its application.”
I am very excited that the BSA will be taking the lead for Open Source use, especially when most similar organizations use proprietary software to manage troops and functions. The BSA also has a Computer merit badge, which I imagine will be updated at some point if the BSA gets really involved in the use of the software.
When two of my favorite things get mixed, it’s a great day for sure. Congratulations, BSA!