Recently, we have been talking with fellow Traditional Scouters about program ideas including model rockets, and Geocaching with the use of GPS. Often the first thing we hear in response is “What does that have to do with Traditional Scouting?”
While the program set forth by B-P does not incorporate the use of the Telephone, nor computers, mobile devices, television among many other modern conveniences, it does provide a philosophy that one needs to be observant of their surroundings, and smart enough to be able to adjust and be contributing members to our society.
The use of Facebook, Twitter, websites, and social media like instagram is a product of our modern technological age, just as Morse Code and Sign language were important communication tools in B-P’s day.
Facing the facts that some of our timberwolves have smart phones as a necessity of their family situation also leads us to look at teaching technology respect and responsibility. Texting, SnapChat and WhatsApp are not just fads, they are modern communication. And as much a skill to do correctly as what telegraph was at the turn of the last century.
Now I am not influencing anyone to abandon over 100 years of tradition, far from it. The place for skills outside of today’s norms is a form of self discipline that is needed in today’s society, just don’t allow the past to become more doctrine and dogma than direction.