Re: walkmans on campouts
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Sun, 25 Sep 1994 00:13:24 -0400
With the exception of one who views portable radio/cassette players (Walkman
is a trademark, you know *g*) as a kind of survival device, other Scouters
here do not allow them on the camping phase of their trips.
We forbid them on weekend campouts, except when en route. We allow radios
at summer camp, as long as they cannot be heard -- at which point they are
confiscated. Since they are forced then to use earphones, most don't bother
since the social aspect of sitting and listening to music is removed.
Generally, we see only one or two of the older boys with such devices.
Other electronics is a little harder. I seem to be running into an
increasing number of portable electronic games on campouts. Also, one Scout
has a portable TV that he brings sometimes. My opinion is to treat them as
we do any other electronics. (-- except for shavers *g*)
I found it interesting to read the comments about how dependent we have
become on these things. It is now midnight on Saturday and I sit in the
camp Health Lodge typing on my PC while working on a JLT course. Sounds
like I exhibit the symptoms of advanced dependency! *g*
Originally I was to go to bed, but something happened (another story) and we
need two adults to keep vigil over a patient tonight.
John E. Pannell
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City