Whose program is it?
Troye Kauffman (AEZTROY@UICVMC.BITNET)
Wed, 12 May 1993 09:00:31 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
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In response to:
> ...our troop banned electronic equipment such as games, tape players,
>etc., some years back because we (the troop committee) felt that they were
>not conducive to the kind of program we felt we wanted to offer.
I think that this fragment of Nathan's note reveals a very significant point:
The troop committee is defining a program, and offering it to the boys.
The following question to that troop committee and others who determine
the boys' program, is without malice or anger - it is a humble and honest one:
Has anybody on that troop committee been to Woodbadge? And if so, did they
teach them something different from what was made very clear to me? That is:
1. The adults do not develop or define the program, the boys do.
2. As adult leaders our job is to:
a. Train and encourage the boys to develop their own program
b. Make sure that the program they develop is safe, productive, and
does not violate the Scout oath and law or any official BSA policy.
The role of the troop committee is to provide support for the boys' program,
and to ensure that it meets safety and policy guidelines.
If Kathy or someone else can find where it is written in official BSA policy
that electronic leisure devices are not allowed at BSA functions, it
would be a great service to all of us, and would remove any controversy
from this topic.
As much as I dislike having to deal with electronic crap at campouts,
if there is no BSA regs against them, it is my job to help the boys develop
guidelines for their appropriate use and help enforce them.
If electronics are banned, they only learn that scouting is run by fuddy-
duddys that seem to reject the 20th century, whereas allowing their use
within guidelines teaches them to use them with consideration for other
people's airspace and without interfering with their work. I think that we
would all agree that the second lesson is one that many kids need to learn!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City