Whose program is it?
Troye Kauffman (AEZTROY@UICVMC.BITNET)
Wed, 12 May 1993 11:10:46 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
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In response to Mark's question:
>If you agree that the troop committee establishes troop policy (ideally with
>guidance from the chartered organization), then they can set a policy limiti
>the use of electronics on campouts.
Actually, I don't agree that the troop committee establishes troop policy -
the PLC does. The troop committee merely approves it. The committee
does have the right to veto what it wants, but if it follows the principles
of supporting a boy-run program, it will only veto on the basis of safety
and BSA policy guidelines.
I agree with Mark that "Nothing ... will ruin a pleasant campfire quicker
(than) a blaring radio, except maybe a Game Boy." I think that we would
all agree that a person that would intrude upon the quiet of a campfire with
electronic noise is not Courteous, which is a point of the Scout Law.
Therefore, it is the misuse of the device, not the use of it which should be
handled. To forbid electronics at all is to underestimate the ability of
boys to come up with rules of appropriate behavior and regulate themselves.
As far as Mark thinking that I said that the boys were learning how to use
electronic devices, what I actually said was that they were learning how to
be considerate with them.
Finally, of all of the statements of my note that Mark had included in his
note and responded to, he did not respond to my point that Woodbadge stresses
the importance of boy planning and leadership, and the importance of adults
giving them the power to do just that.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City