scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: walkie talkie
Sun Aug 27 2000 - 13:32:29 CDT
I think walkie talkies promote laziness, poor planning and lousy Scouting.
Instead of planning our route, stops, destination, fuel, we just radio each
other back and forth in the cars. Instead of teaching map reading to the
Scouts, who can navigate for the drivers, we just rely on technology.
Instead of relying on self discipline, programming, and planning, we just
yell at the patrol leaders who carry little batteries on their hips.
Instead of enforcing rules about awareness and understanding our
surroundings, the limits become the range of the radios, no matter where
that might lead. (Which is only determined when you are out of radio
Quiet time becomes radio time. CD's and boom boxes become harder to deter
and the environment takes another beating because of batteries.
Instead of becoming involved in the lives of the youth, we can sit on a
chair and hollow at them from the "campfire." Instead of watching them
learn and grow, we measure them. Instead of helping them learn and mature,
we test them when they return. Instead of helping them learn to make the
right decision before they make the wrong decision, we yell at them after
they get back into range of the radios.
Yours in Scouting
Denver Area Council
12340 W. Alameda Pkwy., Lakewood, CO 80228-2841
303-980-5353 Fax 303-989-2316
> We were talking on the train about the Troop getting 2 or 3 walkie
> I've often thought it'd be good for drivers to keep in touch while
> traveling and they'd be useful at campouts as well.