Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Tue, 1 Aug 1995 07:31:17 -0400
Digital watches have become so inexpensive that they are almost a
throw away/giveaway item easily found in any 'discount' store for a
couple of bucks. We don't make them mandatory in our troop but our
scouts find that they have much more freedom if they have a watch.
Why? WHen buddies/patrols are equipped with watches they can take off
on their own activities with a set time to rendevous at a
predetermined location. Without a watch how can you ever be sure they
will show up on time? Try to do summer camp with a lot a merit badge
classes without a watch...the schedule won't work.
Try any kind of long distance activity without a watch. How will you
ever know if you are on schedule. No, we don't make watches
mandatory. But, without one you wont have as much fun. It doesn't
take much effort to cut back on candy and comic books (or magic cards)
to save a few bucks for an inexpensive watch.
A watch is a super tool for teaching individual responsibility. Now
the scout is responsible for getting himself to his
appointments/events without the leader squiring him around.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City