Privacy Policy

The Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, (GSMC, BSA) is committed to respecting and protecting the personal privacy of its members and those who visit its website. It is our policy to acquire personal information from users only by overt and voluntary means, only when it is in the interest of the user to provide it, and to utilize this information only for the purpose it was provided.

The information that follows explains the kinds of information the GSMC, BSA website collects, how it is used, the conditions under which it is made available to third parties, how information is maintained, and our compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

NOTE: This privacy policy applies only to This privacy policy does not apply to any other local council website, BSA National Council website, or unit website, as their content is not controlled by the GSMC, BSA Please contact the administrator of any BSA national, council, unit, or other Scouting-oriented website for information about their own privacy policies and the information they collect about their site visitors.

What information does this site collect?
Personally identifiable data is collected only by means of form interfaces on the site, into which the user must voluntarily enter the information requested. This information is requested only when it is necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated by the interface containing the form that requests it. Such for interfaces require only the information reasonably necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated on the interface.

No attempt is made to covertly or “quietly” collect personally identifiable information. No attempt is made to use cookies or any other tracking technology in any way for the purpose of coordinating information that a user may opt to enter in various interfaces on the site.

This site collects anonymous data that is not indicative of and cannot be traced to an individual without the cooperation of their Internet Service Provider. This data includes information about the user’s remote IP address, referral data (which page “linked” to the present request), and the browser software’s user-agent string. This information is accepted passively from the HTTP headers that are sent from the user when requesting any file from the server. Other anonymous data entered by the user may be collected in a common repository, including terms entered into the search engine, ZIP codes entered into the council locator, etc.

Social Analytics
This site uses Google Analytics to track social shares made at our website. Google automatically collect and store certain information in their server logs which includes device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL, cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Google Account, in accordance with their data privacy policy:

This site embes a Facebook widget to allow you to see number of likes/shares/recommends and “like/share/recommend” our webpages. This widget may collect your IP address, your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the widget, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the widget (such as “liking/sharing/recommending” our webpage), if you are logged in to Facebook. For more information about how this data may be used, please see Facebook’s data privacy policy:

What organization is collecting the information?
Information entered by site visitors is retrieved directly by the GSMC, BSA, 1333 Old Weisgarber Road, Knoxville TN 37909, Phone 865-588-6514.

How does the GSMC, BSA use the information it collects?
The anonymous information collected is used to monitor the usage of this website and the interests of those who use it. Data such as the volume of traffic to the server, the number of visitors a certain section of the site receives each month, or the most popular search terms are analyzed to derive general statistics about the site’s popularity and appeal and the audience’s usage patterns.

Personally identifiable information is used only for the express purpose for which it was submitted. For example, if a user enters their contact information in the “Contact Information” form for GSMC, BSA reservations, the information will be used only as contact information for reservations made by that leader for camping or other reservations.

With whom does the Great Smoky Mountain Council share the information that is collected?
The GSMC, BSA does not share personally identifiable information about its web site visitors with anyone.

Reports, statistics, and other analyses of aggregate anonymous information may be shared within the organization or provided to third parties at the sole discretion of the GSMC, BSA. This information does not include any personally identifiable information.

Exception: GSMC, BSA reserves the right to use all information at its disposal and to share this information with ISPs and other third parties as necessary to investigate any incident of misuse or abuse of its site, server, or information systems.

How does the GSMC,BSA maintain the information it collects?
Personally identifiable information is maintained on a secure server and collected only over encrypted connections.

How does the GSMC, BSA comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998?
This legislation applies only to websites of a commercial nature. However, the GSMC,BSA and the Boy Scouts of America considers it to provide sound advice for any website that is intended for use by children.

Providing personal information is never a prerequisite for accessing any of the content or resources on this website, except on the GSMC, BSA Reservation System, which will always be hosted on secure servers with encrypted connections. Refusal to provide personal information via a web interface will never result in a user being denied access to any online content or resource (except for the GSMC, BSA Reservation System, where personal information may be necessary for reservations, mailings, and credit card verification) that the user would be able to access were the personal information submitted.

Policy Modifications and Deviations
The GSMC, BSA, may modify this privacy policy and will post those changes here. If the privacy policy changes in the future, we will not use any personal information you have submitted to us under the current Privacy Policy in a manner that is materially inconsistent with this Privacy Policy, without your prior consent.

It may be necessary to deviate from this general policy in unique instances and for specific purposes. In such instances, a link will be provided to a description of the deviation. This link will be placed where it can be reasonably expected to be noticed prior to submitting any information for which this privacy policy is modified or exempted in any way.