Whose program is it?
Troye Kauffman (AEZTROY@UICVMC.BITNET)
Wed, 12 May 1993 16:06:13 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
In response to Mark:
>And how are the boys going to learn how to appreciate that same campfire if
>they are lost in some mind deadening game? How are they going to hear the
>crackle of the fire, or the crickets, or the frogs, or the occasional 'gator,
>when they have their ears plugged up and the sound turned up as far as they
>dare? Where is the opportunity for introspection that such a fire provides
>when they are trying to get to the next level in some game?
Are the scouts made to sit there quietly? Can they talk and tell stories?
Can they go back to their tents? My experience has been that enjoyment of
the night sounds and introspection comes from maturity, and not any regimented
activities. I have been to many campouts with and without electronics, and
it doesn't seem to make much of a difference of how the kids act. I've seen
the most avid Game Boy player in the troop ditch his toy and organize an
impromptu campfire, where he and a few of the other older guys sat around it
and talked quietly about strangely serious things. The other kids headed
to their tents to tell silly jokes and experience that comaraderie that
make campouts special.
The point is that electronics don't have to be the "monster that ate the
campout," if managed correctly. I know that it seems sacriligious to those
of us who savor the woods that someone would block outa minute of it,
but the people who aren't ready for it will block it out anyway. I know
from experience, that our providing these young people with an outdoor
experience will be the seed that grows into a love of pure nature. I use
to enjoy camping out as a younger scout, however it wasn't until I matured
that I fell in love with the woods.
By the way, what's "pogey bait"?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City