Electronics at Scouting Eve
Peter Van Houten (Peter_Van_Houten@SIMULACRUM.WV.TEK.COM)
Tue, 11 May 1993 08:14:58 PST
Electronics at Scouting Events
While I am in agreement that Scouting campouts are not an appropriate place
for electronic games and whatever, I've become a vast believer in making
sure a Cellular phone is available. An incident occurred this past week
(Non-Scouting related) where two hikers were caught in a White-Out on Mt.
Hood. They were appropriately prepared for the elements and in the event
they did get lost carried with them a tracking beacon. However, what saved
them was the fact they had their cellular phone. All they did was call 911
and were able to talk rescurers to them.
Another incident, recently we had the Boy Scout camporee at Butte Creek
Horse Camp. Along with all the regular planning, the person in charge of
the first aid station proudly boasted that they had the best in paramedical
supplies, transportation, and personnel available. They also had a cellular
station (I assume he meant a phone) available and life flight was only 20
minutes away. Interestingly when they got there they found they were in a
black hole area, that is an area where the cellulars would not operate. So
much for planning...however, one of my Webelos dads went along and he has to
be on call 24 hours a day. He has a special phone with an extendable 30 ft
antenna that he set up and helped the first aid station save face.
Fortunately, the only accident was a boy who fell into the campfire and was
very slightly burned. He was taken by land transport to the hospital after
being treated by the paramedics.
Just my 2.5 cents worth ...
Peter Van Houten
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Beaverton, OR 97007
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