Uh, when was that ever BSA policy?
It's in G2SS, Utopia version, right next to no sheath knives, no hatchets, and totem chip is required to use a knife.
It is not a BSA policy, rightfully so. But a lot of troops have the policy so that electronics do not compete with the goals of the camp out. Also rightfully so.
I know; I know... good come-back, BTW. Well, we're waaayyy off-topic here now, but...
Without thinking it through, banning "electronics" (at the unit level) on camp-outs is bad for Amateur Radio. ULs have got to think it through --for just a couple of seconds-- and be smarter than the kids...
- First, the SM bans cell phones on camp-outs for exactly the reason you stated above; it's just gotten way out of control.
- So, the kids work around it by:
- hiding (sneaking around with) them; or,
- by bringing their PSPs (or whatever).
- So then, the SM then reacts by banning all electronics on camp-outs.
Now, without even realizing it, the SM (UL) has almost certainly defeated the possibility of any kid in his/her unit from ever taking an interest in earning the Radio MB
(and possibly, Electricity
, too). If a Scout hears "no electronics" just before every camp-out (summer camp, too?), month after month, after month... he's naturally going to assume there's no place for Amateur Radio at Scout activities... even if there is a Radio MB
, so what?
Standing on top of a mountain w/ a battery-powered handheld amateur radio (walkie-talkie) and making QSOs with somebody at Guam AFB (yes, it can be done) is --to me-- a lot of fun... and it's an awesome way to introduce Scouts to the Radio MB
I'm just saying that we should be careful about what we say. Amateur Radio should not only be the exception to the rule, but encouraged by example. If not, then in a few years, there will be no more Radio MB