scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Personal Electronics use
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Mon Jul 10 2000 - 21:54:49 CDT
At 09:02 AM 7/8/00 EDT, Scott Culver wrote:
>If taking a cell phone allows more parents to participate and not lose
>business, etc. I say bring an extra battery.
If use of a cell phone is the difference between an adult being able to
participate or not, then I'd say, "O.K., but try to minimize/be discreet".
>GPS Devices - Generally overkill in our area, but I imagine with proper
>instruction, this could be a very valuable tool.
In almost anywhere this is overkill, unless you're trying to teach certain
Most kids almost don't know how to use an analog watch. These are simply a
tool to tell time, I don't count them as "personal electronics" since, as
you say, they have no entertainment value.
>Radios and CD Players - However, if I can't hear it
>from outside your tent, I don't see a problem with that either.
Here I disagree. I want boys to concentrate on the outdoor experience, not
seek to escape it. How can they hear a loon or an owl with earphones on?
>Nintendo Game Boys - I wish and enterprising company would take advantage of
>this device and create a scouting "game" with a purpose. [snip of some
Hm. Game Boys as instructional devices? Great idea. Who do we talk to?
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