Sure, smartphone apps can enhance the Scouting experience in some ways. But one thing’s clear: those little apps for your phone or tablet will never replace the Scouting experience the way they’ve replaced things like GPS devices, cameras and MP3 players.
I’m a big gadget guy, but I know the essence of Scouting, including outdoor experiences a young person can’t get anywhere else, will never be usurped by something with a battery.
OK, so the $17 T-shirt does contain a little technology of the moisture-wicking variety. But everything else — especially its message — is blissfully analog.
What about you? What does Scouting offer you and your Scout or Venturer that’s not available in app form? Let me know in the comments.
Hat tip: Thanks to the BSA Supply Team’s Donna Ryan and Alicia Reese for the info.