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Online Communication Tools

There are many free (and paid) solutions out there. Below we’ve collected a few free options for you to consider as you’re formulating a plan for virtual Scouting.

Remember that it is still important to follow Youth Protection policies even through online meetings and Scout activities. Here is a link to the BSA Online and Social Media Guidelines. 

Free Account Features Listed (most offer additional features for a paid account):

Cisco WebEx: Full featured, no time limit, allows up to 100 participants

Zoom: Great features, 40-minute time limit, allows up to 100 participants

Google Hangouts: Easy to use, no time limit, allows up to 10 participants

Skype: Good stability, four-hour time limit, allows up to 50 participants

UberConference: Excellent video quality, 45-minute time limit, allows up to 10 participants

FreeConferenceCall.com: Old standby for audio conferencing, can also share screen. Six-hour time limit, allows up to 1000 participants.

Thinking of using Zoom Conferencing? Customize your Zoom conference by adding a Dan Beard Council-themed background! Click here for details and to download images.

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