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Chief Scout and Technology
Wayne Brock Chief Scout Wayne Brock is the new Chief Scout of the BSA. He has an interview in the Sept-Oct issue of Scouting magazine. In it, he mentions technology a few times, and I'm happy to see that he realizes technology is here and is a tool to be used. It also needs to be managed correctly.

The BSA is embracing and managing technology. Cellphones, digital cameras, GPSs, the Internet, gaming systems, and on and on - electronics are engraded in the lifestyles of youth and need to be addressed rathered than just banned in Scouting. There are many BSA social media channels - Patrol Z for example. I bet your council, and maybe district, and possibly even unit have a Facebook page, Twitter page, and website.

I pulled out these parts about technology from the Scouting magazine interview:

Scouting: What else do you plan to do in this role?
Wayne: Introduce technology to enhance the experience for youth as well as remove administrative burdens from leaders and councils so they can spend more of their time delivering the program. There is a high demand for this, and we have a very dedicated team working on it, although itís a multi-year project.

Scouting: Is technology the BSAís biggest competitor for gaining kidsí interest?
Wayne: Our national president, Wayne Perry, said in his introductory speech at the National Annual Meeting that he believes itís electronics. Itís kids staying inside and playing video games. Other people are going to tell you that itís sports. I think itís a combination of these things and others.

Scouting: Whatís the main argument from Scout leaders against technology?
Wayne: Some leaders donít think thereís any place for technology within Scouting. They say Scouting is a place where youth should go to experience nature and should not have their devices around. Others think technology is necessary to be relevant. Thatís the cultural war weíre in today.

Scouting: What are some examples of ways the BSA plans to use technology?
Wayne: If you come to the jamboree in 2013, technology will be very integrated into the program. There will be an app for your phone that will show you all about the jamboree and where you are, what your schedule is, where to find the different activities. To take full advantage of all this, Scouts will have to bring their mobile devices with them.

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Posted: 8:33 08-17-2012 885
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