Re: a true story
David D. Miller +49 6221 594535 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Tue, 11 May 1993 08:15:24 -0600
Regarding electical equipment: USE COMMON SENSE!
For a weekend campout with a full programme of activities, there
shouldn't be enough time for electronic stuff. However, for an extended
trip (more than a couple of hours in a bus each way), we usually allow
"personal entertainment" - provided it is personal: If a leader walking
past can hear it, it's too loud. Tape and CD players are popular, but
gameboys and gamegear are now more common.
On recent trips to Switzerland, I've been the only person in the group
with an adapter to connect the game gear, hairdryers, etc., to the
Swiss power. Astonishing how important a small piece of plastic can be!
(The hairdryer belonged to a female member of Boy Scouts of Ireland
who was the only other guest in the Chalet with 100 American Scouts.)
I've only once had a problem with a Scout taking a beat-box on a camp.
We'd put a special notice (with the equipment list and parent permission
slip) banning all radios, tapes, and CDs - so when one of the tents
started to emit loud music, we were able to confiscate the source with
no hesitation. (The Scouters and PLs used it at PLC each morning to he
listen to the news headlines, weather forecast and traffic report. :-)
One Scout event where radios were actually encouraged was the 9th World
Moot last summer in Kandersteg. Rather than have everyone bring tapes
and CDs and compete with volume, the Moot had its own FM radio station
on-site, and run as one of the Moot activities. It didn't matter if
you had your own headphones, a beat-box, or were listening to the PA
system in one of the restaurants and clubs: you still got the same
music and information (in whatever language the presenter happened to be
One final point: while I've yet to see a microwave oven at a camp, I
have seen and have used gas-powered refrigerators. If you're setting
up a small semi-permanent kitchen, and you can't truck in cheap ice
daily, it's a fairly good compromise.
David D. Miller
Scouting in Europe - A Unique Experience
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