Ya know what, Y? I haven't YET encountered the Kindle/E-book situation and that one will probably 'slide' for me.
I am actually about to polish my "Horrible Hypocrite Award" as I tell you what happened to Ryan at Summer Camp, as I type this from my smart phone in a tent in Gettysburg with the troop!
I'll freely admit that I was a tad annoyed that it was MY son violating the 'no electronics' rule (which was, from my perspective anyway, really a no electronic entertainment
rule). Before everyone had fallen into the zombiedom of staring at their 'devices' (GREAT pic Stevie!!) I didn't want the kids wasting time out here with what they normally do at home!
My fellow Scoutmaster's commentary kind of pushed one of those "hot buttons" for me; there were several guys 'tuned in an turned off' in the cabin and when I sounded off with no small amount of pride regarding their ban in my Unit I was floored to see Ryan. Now, remember it was at a Summer Camp just 3 years ago that I discovered what a miserable home life this kid had and that resulted ultimately in his adoption.
I snuck over VERY quietly and started to removed his earbuds and he, thinking it was another scout, started to push my hands away. It was then that realized who was standing there and I swear he jumped about a half mile into the air!
"DAD!!!! I-I-I was just......"
I told him that I could see quite well what he was 'just' and to please put the thing away and we'd discuss it later.
Since it was family night Lyn came up to the camp with Darren, thus affording me an opportunity to take my errant son on a little hike to a VERY remote portion of the camp, talking with him all the while. He was quite apologetic and readily accepted 'any consequence' I had in mind. We talked about obedience, trustworthiness and how being in a leadership role (Assistant Senior Patrol Leader) he needed to set the example. By this time he was quite ready to go over my lap for a bit. He's still kind of small and as big as I am, it was no trouble at all. I warmed him up a little and after tears and hugs we went back to the campsite to enjoy a few burgers and dogs; it had dried up barely enough to allow us to cook on an open fire and not have to huddle under the canopies.
As usual, his Bransom dads are much nicer about this. Now, I'm going to walk our campsite and make sure the kids are settled in before I drop off. Much as I enjoy doing this tour, it is an awful lot of walking in a short period and I'm thinking this one will be my last Pickett's Charge with the Troop; both Jeff and Ryan will age out next year. Ryan just before Summer Camp and Jeff in August. They are both hot on their Eagle projects and while I was annoyed as could be with him, I am also quite proud of both of them.