Although often considered as such, electronics and the out-of-doors are not and should not be considered diametrically opposed. I too, expect portable electronic entertainment centers (Sony Walkman, I-pod, Gameboy, PSP, Etc.) to be left at home (or in the van), where they belong; but, Lynda’s story is a perfect example of a Scouter’s ingenuity at getting into a kid’s head.
What’s disheartening though, is when I see a Scouter get unreasonable about it. I carry a Palm Tungsten 2 which, among other things, contains hundreds of Scout skits and Scoutmaster Minutes… While I don't flash it about on camping trips, I'm not afraid to break it out when I need it. What’s wrong with a Scouter looking up a relevant Scoutmaster’s Minute for that evening’s campfire! Duh! Another example... GPS. Another example… Scouts and Scouters should ALWAYS encourage the carrying and appropriate use of portable Amateur Radio (Ham) gear by licensed Operators. Better shot at getting help than with a Cell Phone.
Two words... appropriate use.