There are occasional, valid, reasons for the use of cell-phone and similar devices while at a scouting event. These include:
- Taking Pictures where appropriate
- Using the Phone for GPS requirements
- Emergency contacts
- Electronic maps and navigation
- Medical Management
- Weather updates and monitoring
- Monitoring health and or physical activity
Electronic gaming devices without other purpose are not permitted on outings and activities.
Just as a Scout must earn the Totin’ Chip to use a pocket knife or axe, Scouts must earn the cyber-chip as a minimum requirement to have a cell-phone at Troop activities and events. Corners of the card may be removed if the device is used inappropriately or at an inappropriate time. The entire Cyber-Chip award may require being re-earned once all corners are removed from the card to have the privileges of holding the card restored. The award may also be required to be re-earned for specific rank advancement. The Troop shall have a “drop bin” where all electronics must be placed when not used for an appropriate activity or approved purpose.