Re: computers and jamborees
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 21 Feb 1994 10:28:27 CST
JORGENSEN K F <1748@ET.AARHUS.IH.DK> writes:
>I have recently joined a committee under The National Jamboree '96
>The more motivating part of the work, is to propose and decide what
>programs, computersystems to use on the Jamboree.
>Certain programs is standart, ex. food-, order and distribution
>But we have major options today, and they will probaly not be less in
>'96. So now to the question, where is the 'computer limmit' on a
>Jamboree and scout camps in general?
In the USA, the "computer limit" depends much on where the BSA gets
their equipment and software from. In past Jamborees, it was limited
to administration and staff. At this Jamboree, for the first time, we
had Scouts using electronic desktop publishing as a mode of getting
the news back home (perhaps Mike Schatzberg can address this). Also,
we used computers at our reception centers to locate Scouts and
Scouters present at the Jamboree).
Various local Council camps have a "resource room" whereby Scouts
interested in using/playing with a computer can use it there. These
are rare, to say the least. Most local Councils are extremely wary of
going "info/tech", because of the large amounts of money "supposely
having to be expended" (false) or because of concerns about security
It has only been two years since ALL of our local Council service
centers have had computers installed to link them to our Regional
service and National registration centers. Still, *they* are rather
reluctant about using or being highly dependent upon them!
>Is it just great with alot of computer workshops ect..
Some local Councils here have "computer workshops" whereby Scouts
interested in earning the Computers Merit Badge can do so. Most of
them, however, are held on college campuses and not at the Scout
>Do we have the option to denied the access of computer technology
>in our 'scout world' ?
No. We don't and ignoring the fact that we are living in the "new
information age", will not help things. However, we do need to
emphasize that the computer is like the three-quarter axe or the
matches or the walking staff. It is a tool, a method that is used
IN CONNECTION with one's brain, fingers, eyes, and in some cases,
ears. Having the axe in your camping gear is important only when you
understand how to properly take care of it, how to sharpen and file it
and how to properly use it. Otherwise, it becomes a burdensome piece
of metal and wood that you have to "track around with you". The axe
won't split the log, won't fell the tree without a set of hands to
hold and swing it; without a set of eyes to see where to make the
successive slices to make it split or fall; and without the brain that
realizes that perhaps hickory is too dense a wood or that there are
some trees that you leave standing for another day. (oh yeah...the
ears...it would be nice if one can hear someone else saying
"tim...berrr" BEFORE you get beaned by a tree branch!)
Good luck, and please keep us all advised on what your nation is doing
in this worthwhile pursuit!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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