Girl Scout Tradgedy
(no name) ((no email))
Fri, 2 Aug 1991 11:03:00 MST
I heard about the accident while at camp with my troop high in the
Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona. It is a sad incident. I was going to say
something the other day when a message was posted about a troop having it's
own bus, but passed up the opportunity since I was busy. Since we are now
taking a look at this bus accident which happened last week, I would like
to offer the following thoughts about groups buying their own busses.
I beleive National (BSA) has some very strict guidelines on this and it
would not surprise me if other organizations had guidelines as well. There
also my be some state guidelines depending upon where you live. You should
check this out before you buy. You can probably get around BSA guidelines
if the organization buys the bus, instead of the troop, but I do not
recommend skipping out on the requirements.
Somewhere I came accoss a real good article on the risks of buying a bus,
especially a used School Bus. The article spent some time talking about
some design flaws in older school busses which make them more dangerious.
It may have been in U.S. and World Report and I suspect it would have been
after that tragic accident out East (I think it was Georgia) where almost a
bus load of children were lost.
Please, if anyone out there is thinking about buying a bus for transporting
the youth in their organization, but sure you check out its safty features
and have it inspected. Know the risk before you buy, this is especially
true of OLD School BUSSES.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City