Re: TWO deep
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 24 Oct 1991 16:43:00 EDT
Yeah, Scouting used to be so much fun when you didn't have to worry about
liability and child/sexual abuse, and litagation and the "image" of the
local Council to its volunteers (and contributors).
The person is correct, though, in suggesting that you might want to have
another adult present with you whenever youth are around....I wrote
suggesting, because, as we all discussed several times in this forum, what
is "told to happen" from BSA's national offices sometimes gets interpreted
as "suggested to happen" (and in some Council's cases, told to "ignore this
and we will deal with our area director on our own terms..).
Scouting used to be something that adults love to do because of the flexability
of the program and the flexability of the positions that adults could do.
We have lost that flexability due to some silly stuff and some no-so-nice
people that basically ruined it for the vast majority of us that really want
to contribute, even in a small a role as being a counsellor for one of
Scouting's many merit badges (128??).
Scouting used to be something that youth love to do because of the many adults
involved and their level of interest in them...some, like their Scoutmaster
or Advisor or Coach or Cubmaster, with seemingly "endless" amounts of time
devoted to them and their program; others, like those on those "invisible
committees" that get recognized once or twice a year, and others like merit
badge counsellors, consultants and yes, even the DE or ADE, have just a little
time...but quality time...with them as persons. Youth thrive on that one-on-one
contact, and now, it too, has to be supervised.
Don brought up a good point and a valid question: Have we went TOO FAR with
the whole idea of "two deep leadership"??
(the BSA defines two-deep leadership as "having two or more leaders present for
an organized activity of the unit. Each leader shares a apportioned part of
supervision and control of youth members as well as exercising the intent of
the unit's committee and the chartered partner." It used to merely mean that
you had at least one other adult present to insure that if you got sick or
had to take a youth member to a hospital or home, that the event could still
go on as planned.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City