Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Laser Pointers
Re: Laser Pointers
Wed, 4 Nov 1998 06:42:36 -0800
>From: Pete Hickey <phickey@MAIL.REGENTS.PEACHNET.EDU>
>This summer at a Webelos Resident Camp one scout was using a laser pointer
>at the campfire to point onto people on the stage area. It was very annoying.
>Later that night I found out our Pack was sharing a campsite with this
>scout. I asked him to please not use the pointer. His cubmaster told me
>that I shouldn't talk to his scouts and if they were doing something I
>didn't like I should tell him. (He may be right on this point, but he was
>not around at the time). So I did.
>He tried to put me on the defensive, in front of his and my scouts, to
>"prove" to him that laser pointers were dangerous. I gave him reason one
>above to which he replied that this was just a red diode and not really a
>laser pointer so it wouldn't cause a problem.
It's called a laser pointer because it's a laser used as a pointer. Duh.
Just because the emitter is a diode doesn't change the fact that it's
coherent radiation. We had a saying in Physics Lab,
'Do Not Look Into Laser Beam With Remaining Eye'.
>He really saw no problem with using the pointer and was somewhat
>argumentative about it. One of his assistant leaders finally convinced him
>that he should ask the scout to not use the pointer.
In cases where one of my Cubs was doing something deliberately annoying
(and there is NO other reason for a laser pointer at a campfire),
I have asked the Cub about how this behaviour fits into 'A Cub Scout
gives Goodwill'. They can squirm all they want, but they can't
dodge the fact that they're breaking the Scout Law.
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