Troye Kauffman (AEZTROY@UICVMC.BITNET)
Tue, 11 May 1993 09:04:04 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the people who have banned electronic equipment at camp - what
justification do you use? Is it written somewhere that they cannot bring
it? The closest thing that I can think of is the principle of low-impact
camping, which dictates that we minimize our impact on the environment
(which includes noise pollution.) This guideline, and the scout law saying
that they be courteous and kind dictate that they not pollute the natural
soundscape with techno-junk. I believe that the reason scout leaders dislike
electronics at camp (myself included), that they tend to detract from the
enjoyment of nature. There is also the problem of the stuff getting stolen
or damaged, which leaders don't want to hassle with.
However, as I have said many times before, the program should be boy-run.
Imposing rules merely for the personal preference of the leaders undermines
the feeling of "ownership" that the scouts should have for their program.
When boys ask, "Why can't I do that?", they do not like to be told "because."
They need to learn the reasons for rules, and come up with the rules
David Miller is right when he says that a well-planned program should
leave little time for playing video games. The scouts should plan their
program so that it meets the criteria of scouting programs:
1. It follows the oath and law,
2. It's fun, and
3. It accomplishes a constructive purpose (this is where the scoutmaster
can use some of his/her counseling skills!)
If this is done, and if the patrol leader's council sets rules for use of
electronic equipment that follow the scout law and camping guidelines,
there should be no problem.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City