Bruce Madsen (bmadsen@DSD.ES.COM)
Tue, 11 May 1993 09:00:49 MDT
My $.02 on electronic equipment (specifically radios and cassette
players) taken on camps:
I've not given any prohibition on taking these, and often see one or
two boys bring them. However, I have yet to see any of my Scouts
actually get a chance to *use* them 8^). We keep quite busy on camps,
and when they finally get to bed, they're usually too tired to listen
to them, or opt rather to talk with their tent-mates instead.
In addition, it (usually) only takes one instance of dropping a nice
walkman on the ground or getting it really dirty for a scout to
realize "hey, I don't want to take my electronic stuff with, it'll get
ruined!" I've let them learn this lesson on their own as well (they
remember it better that way).
(I once had a problem, after Christmas, when a few boys brought new
Walkmans to Troop Meetings. One of the boys placed his in the corner
of our game area, only to have a ball crash down on it during a game
of Warball. I've never seen a Walkman in troop meeting since!)
I've found that these approaches have worked well, and I've never had
to dictate "No Electronic Equipment! Why? Because!"
(Actually, I almost *prefer* that they take them and use them while
driving in vehicles to the campsite; the musical tastes of the Scouts
differ (sometimes quite drastically) from mine, and I prefer not to
listen to what they want on the radio. ;^) ;^)
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