Monday, August 01, 2005
SE Johnson County Kansas "Stream Teams"
navigate the Blue River Watershed's wilderness
GeoVenturing-LNT(cc) Eco-Challenge courses!
Canteen? Check. Compass? Check. GPS? Check.
High-tech devices find a place in Scouts packs
By MELODEE HALL BLOBAUM The Kansas City Star
“Be Prepared” has gone high tech.
Some area Boy Scouts are packing GPS devices, satellite telephones and cell phones alongside the compasses, maps, whistles and signal mirrors that they always have carried on high-adventure trips.
“Our kids are doing a lot more adventure-type stuff, and have more opportunities to get out into the wilderness,” said Alan Sanders, a district director with the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “Technology is helping to make us as safe as you can be.”
Mike Dishman of Olathe is among the believers in technology-enhanced outdoor adventures. “It takes the fear out of walking off into the wilderness,” he said. “You can get disoriented really fast.”
Dishman, an adviser for the Scouts’ Venturing Crew 2315 in Olathe, knows firsthand that feeling of disorientation from a winter outing a few years ago at Nebraska’s Indian Cave State Park.