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How do you use Electronics on Scouting Outings?

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11:33 pm
November 17, 2009


scoutmasterjerry

Troutdale, OR

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There is an on going debate about electronics used in Scouting.  While "Traditional" Scouters shun the new technologies and do not embrace what is the future, others seems to grab ahold and run with the new ways to "DO" Scouting.

No matter which side of the debate you fall on.. or even if you are somewhere on the fence, I want to know how you use electronics on your Scouting Outings.

So thats the question…

Let me tell you about how electronics helped our last camp out.

We were all gathered around the camp fire settling into a great evening, I pulled out my iPhone and flipped to my Coleman Creepy Campfire tales app.    The Scouts loved the stories with the sound effects.  Now we could have done ghost stories with sound effects without the iPhone, but I figured since I carry my phone on camp outs and all outings, I thought this was the time and place to use it.  The other app from my iPhone that we used while on this last camp out was the Pocket Universe.  It runs with the iPhones GPS.  Where you point your phone it shows the stars and planets that are in the sky above.  It is a pocket planetarium.  It was great to be able to point out constellationsand planets and have a pocket directory and information about distance, size, and facts about the planets and the stars to share with the Scouts.

Those are just a few ways we used electronics this last camp out.  I also have a great animated knots app on my iPhone.  

So lets here it!!! How do you use new technologies and electronics!

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Jerry Schleining Jr.

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9:30 am
November 18, 2009


scoutmasterjerry

Troutdale, OR

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A reader of my blog posted this comment to this topic on the blog.. thought I might share it with you:

Blogger Doug said…

Geocaching has been the biggest tech introduction to our Pack. Whether using an iPhone app or a more traditional GPS we've gotten a few of the families hooked on it… Also keep a pdf copy of the G2SS so I can always check the "I have read the Guide to Safe Scouting and have a copy with me" for all the tour permits.

Jerry Schleining Jr.

Scoutmaster

Have A Great Scouting Day!!

http://www.thescoutmasterminute.net

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5:00 pm
November 18, 2009


SM Shawn

Green Bay, WI

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This may or may not fall into electronics, nor camping, but last night at the pack meeting, while I was doing sub duty as a stand-in CM, the person who was to take pictures for our E-Pals project with Akela Joy, forgot to bring his camera…

Not to fear, I pulled out my Blackberry and took all the pictures that I needed…

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11:58 pm
May 18, 2010


davids

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Hello everybody,
So he was not equiped.

This may or may not fall into electronics, nor camping, but last night at the pack meeting, while I was doing sub duty as a stand-in CM, the person who was to take pictures for our E-Pals project with Akela Joy, forgot to bring his camera…

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