In all seriousness, I used to be one of the "better not see electronics at a camp-out!" people. I then read an article that put it into perspective. These scout aged boys have NEVER lived in an era before cell-phones. Most of them don't remember a time before smart phones.
So we should bring the LI-ION battery powered saws and power hammers? The idea of Scouts is to make kids independent, safe, self assured , or so I've interpreted the "purposes". No axes? No saws? We have already eliminated Morse Code and finding the north star/astronomy from First Class. The FCScout was intended to be "prepared". I suppose that having your cell ready is one form of that.
You can buy a backpack that , thru the up and down motion, will charge your cell and tablet. You can bring along a roll-up solar panel. For a price, you can avail yourself of the ingenuity of many others. That is the benefit of civilization.
Yep, many of the young Scouts I meet have rarely seen, much less used a compass. Magnetic, that is. Follow directions? If it isn't in that 25mm screen, , is it real?
We , as Scouts, are often called on to deal with the situation in times extremis. No electrical power? Camp stove comes out, set fire in fireplace. No heat? Sleeping bags come out. No water? Haul and boil.
Will the OA Ordeal become doing without the Ipad? That is an ordeal for some kids, I guess.
I would like to think the Scout of today is aware of, and able to utilize, all the "ancient" technology that today's stuff has been built on.
Edited by SSScout, 30 June 2016 - 11:55 AM.