scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Cell Phones and other Electronic Devices
Scott Culver (Ascwatch@AOL.COM
Sat Jul 08 2000 - 08:02:08 CDT
<<Increasingly I find a few adults bringing cell phones so they can conduct
business on the trail.>>
Welcome to the new age!
If taking a cell phone allows more parents to participate and not lose
business, etc. I say bring an extra battery.
GPS Devices - Generally overkill in our area, but I imagine with proper
instruction, this could be a very valuable tool.
Digital Watches - Weren't around when scouting started either. Can't be used
as a compass, aren't they an electronic device? I'm not trying to start an
argument, but I feel these are acceptable by most because they don't
"entertain" the boys. If boys started playing with their watches and were
entertained by it, I believe they would likely be banned from camping as well.
Radios and CD Players - Trying to avoid the grief associated with lost,
stolen or damaged electronics does make sense. However, if I can't hear it
from outside your tent, I don't see a problem with that either.
Nintendo Game Boys - I wish and enterprising company would take advantage of
this device and create a scouting "game" with a purpose. (That has a
familiar ring to it.) Imagine a game where a hiker comes upon an injured
person, and has to render first aid. Depending on the choices made the
victim lives or dies. Combine that with an orienteering course, obstacles to
cross by choosing which type of structure to build, and which type of lashing
to use. Maybe a section of a river to canoe with a buddy that asks you to
lash your pack to the thwart, and you have to be able to identify which part
of the canoe he's talking about. The possibilities are endless.
If we would adapt the technology to our purpose, I feel we would at least
have a few more tools to help keep their interest. This is not to say I don't
appreciate the value of showing the boys they can live without all that stuff
either. I just don't see how any of these devices when used considerately,
violate the Scout Law or Oath.
Scott Culver, T1792
Sunderland, MD NCAC