Re: walkmans on campouts
Richard May (rpm@SYS.UEA.AC.UK)
Fri, 23 Sep 1994 15:25:23 +0100
>Let's have some opinions pertaining to walkmans on campouts. Personally,
>I think that to have an ultimate camping experience, allowing the kids to grow
>into responsible, mature campers, we need to ban walkmans on campouts. Scouts
>should leave walkmans at home so that they may concentrate on the scouting
>principles and values. Campouts are very important for developing the skills
>and leadership necessary for exemplary scouting. If the boys had walkmans then
>instead of going to sleep talking to each other and developing important
>friendships, the would be tuned out to the real world and tuned in to
>The Beastie Boys.
I agree, the only exception that our Scout Troop allows is on long journeys
to camp sites. If we have a long drive to camp, then we allow walkmans in
the vahicle, but when we reach the destination they are locked up in the
vehicle and stay there until we return.
It is great to see new friendships develop during the camp, and meaningful
conversations develop, this could not happen if half the Troop were wearing
There is also the matter of security, many walkmans are fairly expensive,
and some were stolen either by other members of the camp, or taken from the
tents when the Troop was away on some activity, then this would cause many
Such things have their place, but not on camp.
Richard May (19th Norwich, England)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City