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Cyber Chip In case you haven't noticed, the Boy Scouts are embracing technology across the board - from merit badges for Robotics, Computers, and Electronics, to Jamboree infrastructure, to the new STEM program.

In an effort to promote online safety, the BSA has created a Cyber Chip program. Requirements vary by age group but include signing a pledge, watching a video, telling someone else, and talking to your leader. After completing the requirements, a scout can purchase a card and/or patch.
Read BSA page

Tech Chip Troop 479 in Eden Prairie, MN created the Tech Chip a couple years ago to promote proper education on technology use. This addresses personal electronic devices rather than online safety. It includes requirements and a training plan. Units can purchase cards for scouts, which is a small fundraiser for Troop 479.

With the majority of people carrying personal electronics, adult volunteers that simply ban scouts from having them is sooo last century. Educating people and setting expectations is really the better way to solve a perceived problem.
Read the Tech Chip info for details.

Accepting, integrating, and adapting to change is the right way to keep a program engaging and interesting. Find out from your scouts what technology they'd like to include in their Scouting experience and then help them plan activities that interest them.
Has anyone asked about Robotics merit badge? How about the BlastCars? Or the STEM/NOVA awards? A good leader will discover new opportunities for scouts and then let them decide if they want to do them or not.

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Posted: 14:12 06-21-2012 865
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 Jun 22, 2012 - Bryan
Like the program.  However it is the Scouts in my troop that ban phones/electronic games on Scout functions.  They feel the constant texting/calling/emailing is a distraction from the program.  They like to unplug once a month and just enjoy nature...

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