Re: Explorer Leaders
Craig Bond (email@example.com)
Sun, 15 Jun 1997 09:47:07 -0700
> Thank you, Craig.
> You wrote: Page A-140, Explorer Leader Handbook (#34637, 1996 printing),
> "Two-deep leadership. Two registered adult leaders or one registered
> adult leader and a parent of a participant, both of whom must be 21 years
> of age or older, are required on all trips and outings. If the activity
> is coeducational, leaders of both sexes must be present."
> I understand the reasoning behind the policy- but it can sometimes be so
> frustrating! Most of our Explorers are 18 or over- and are old enough to
> live and work independently anywhere in the country- or the world for that
> matter. They are old enough to fight and possibly die for our country in the
> armed forces. They are old enough to vote. But they are NOT old enough to
> go to summer camp without two adults! We often have a devil of a time
> getting leader(s), especially the second leader. Right now, it looks as if
> we're going to have to combine with another post up at camp this year- or
> neither unit will be able to attend.
> Best Wishes,
> Cliff Egel
This reminds me of something my sons' Scoutmaster used to say when the
subject got around to Youth Protection Guidelines. George was 70+, still
camped, and was as caustic as they come when it comes to dealing with
bureaucracy (spawned, no doubt, by a lifetime with the USGS and Bureau of
Mines). He'd say, "They should call it 'YOU-Protection Guidelines' or
'US-Protection Guidelines', because it's meant to the organization BSA
against lawsuits, and it's meant to protect us against false accusations.
I cannot find anything to disagree with in that analysis. IMHO, there
are a lot of frustrations in our lives these days, a significant portion
of which have been brought because (1) common sense is uncommon and (2)
too many of us are unwilling to accept responsibility for our actions.
That is, of course, a personal opinion and not an official position of
BSA or any of its councils.
Craig Bond, SrDE
"There is no better exercise for the heart
than reaching down and lifting people up."
-- John Andrew Holmer