Before you tell your Scouts and Venturers to power down their smartphones at the beginning of your next adventure, I have something you need to read.
The BSA’s Deputy Chief Scout Executive, Gary Butler, penned a guest blog post that offers his nuanced opinion on the place that iPhones, Androids and devices of their ilk have in our movement.
Does Gary think they add to or detract from the delivery of a great Scouting experience? Read on and find out.
Smartphones in Scouting: A curse or a cure?
By Gary Butler, BSA Deputy Chief Scout Executive and Chief Operating Officer
I have heard lots of conversations recently on whether smartphones should be allowed during Scouting activities. One of our employees shared with me that when his son goes camping the leader takes all the phones away and returns them when the activity is over.
Does the use of a smartphone as part of Scouting’s activities disrupt the experience, or can it be a “cure” to make our current experiences more relevant to today’s youth? This comment really struck home and got me to thinking as to what is the right answer.
Sometimes to find the answer to these kind of debates on how to go forward, it takes a look backwards to find the answer. One of Baden-Powell’s most interesting quotes is, “A fisherman does not bait his hook with food he likes. He uses food the fish likes. So with boys.” Continue reading