It is the Policy of our Scout Section that mobile phones must not be taken on camps, activities or to weekly meetings unless specifically authorised in advance for camera work or see below*.
The reasons for this are two fold:
1) Within the rules of the Scout Association, we have a strict procedure for contacting parents or the relevant authorities should accidents or problems arise at a meeting, on an activity or camp. Mobile phones can compromise this procedure.
Every meeting/camp/activity has an official telephone number for you to contact (in the event of an emergency) the meeting/camp/activity leader. The meeting/camp/activity leader is also able to contact parents, either directly or via a home contact, should the need arise.
A mobile phone gives scouts the opportunity to contact their parents directly, bypassing the role of leaders. Undue distress may be caused on the part of the parent and/or their child concerning incidents leaders may know nothing about. This particularly applies to cases of homesickness. It is important that scouts use a leader as their first point of contact for any concerns or problems they have, so that the leader team can work to resolve these issues. Leaders will then arrange to contact parents via the official channels as and when necessary.