IRC (Internet Relayed Chat) is a way of contacting other Scouts by exchange of written comments, live and in real time. To do this, you either need IRC client software on your workstation and an IRC server to host your Chat or access IRC through a website such as Scoutlink. Once connected to the server, you join a channel, or discussion group, which can include Scouts from all over the world. IRC channels may hold discussions about anything under the sun.  We recommend using the IRC services provided by Scoutlink.

To participate:

  • read the channel content first to get to know what is being discussed on the channel before jumping in.
  • it’s not necessary to greet everyone on a channel or room personally. Usually one “Hello” or the equivalent is enough.
  • Don’t assume that people who you don’t know will want to talk to you. If you feel compelled to send private messages to people you don’t know, then be willing to accept gracefully the fact that they might be busy or simply not want to chat with you.
  • Idling – Channel sitting or idling is not favoured. People are here to talk to others. There is nothing worse than trying to talk to someone who is not there.
  • Please do not play wav or midi sounds at random. They may be played if they are part of the conversation, such as “hello.wav”.

Keep in mind that on the WOSM preferred IRC service ScoutLink all channels are logged and monitored by a trained channel operator who can intervene if needed.


Scout Link also supports TeamSpeak: this allows you to talk to other Scouts by microphone.
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