scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Cell phones on outings
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Sun Jul 09 2000 - 07:43:32 CDT
I'm not sure where your council is or where you camporee was, but it
sounds like you're "down east." Here in the Rocky Mountains of
Colorado, we don't have the problem of Cell phones on outings because
they just don't go where we go. Once just for fun, after we had scaled a
"fourteener" (one of thirty mountains in Colorado that are over fourteen
thousand feet high), one of the Dads pulled out his cell phone and
found it was in range of some cell tower somewhere and called home. He
passed it around and we all called home. Kind of a "hi mom, I'm on top
of the world!" This was before "Titanic" was out, so we were on top of
the world, not king of the world. After that we never worried about cell
phones on trips, We usually camp in valleys, not on top of mountains.
However, progress does seem to be catching up with Colorado. The fastest
growing weed in Colorado is the cell phone towerus maximus.
Now, you can call out of our council summer camp, which is OK, because
the line at the pay phone each night, as the homesick scouts called
home, was about fifty boys long. Now if those SM's have a cell phone
with them, they can pass it around their own troop. BTW, there is not
good reception in every campsite, you have to go to an open field in the
middle of camp, or by the lodge.
One leader in our troop is responsible for all the computers at his
plant, and he has a satellite-sent pager that he carries all the time,
along with his cell phone. He may be out of range with the phone, but
never his pager.
Cuerno Verde District Commissioner