"I'd fill the time by listening to podcasts and music on my iPod....It was good training for the hikes with my troop. "
One of my Wood Badge buddies, a young and athletic District Commissioner, often backpacked with my Troop. I was shocked the first time I realized he was listening to an iPod on the trail!
But then I realized that the Troop's no-electronics policy I had inherited when I became Scoutmaster was stupid. Most active young adults listen to music or spoken media while walking, hiking, backpacking, paddling, rowing, biking, etc. Is there is any reason that Boy Scouts should not do the same?
Baden-Powell's version of Scouting is based on walking:
Ranks are a series of Journeys and Expeditions, and (like Green Bar Bill's "Real" Patrol Method) B-Ps' Patrol System includes at least one monthly Patrol Hike.
I wonder what the correlation might be between "modern" sedentary car camping Troops, and adult-imposed "no electronics" policies.
Do ANY hardcore backwoods Troops here ban iPods on the trail?
Yours at 300 feet,