Re: Initial Hello
(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 19 Nov 1991 17:17:00 EDT
Sorry that I have taken my "sweet time" in answering this, but I had to
see and go through ALL of my resources to find the answers to your questions.
Then, last Wednesday evening, I went to Cincinnati to talk with Ben Hawkins'
Troop....well.. I got there too late but I will return there tommorrow night.
While I was there, the Scoutmaster of the Troop gave me a very valuable
resource tool....I forgot that I had it here until I was looking for something
in my binder about Troop Committee stuff for someone else.
The booklet is called, Bob, "Guide to Safe Scouting" and it is BSA
publication number 10-212. It is available from your local Council office
or from the National Editorial Service, BSA, At the National Office address.
Your SE should have received a copy in his/her UPDATE packet for fall.
Ask him or ask one of TACs Senior DEs (vince cozzone is one of them!)
On page 4, in bold type is the following statement:
"Two registered adult leaders, or one adult and a parent of a participating
Scout, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age or older, are
required for all trips and outings. Coed overnight activities require
male and female adult leaders."
"No fewer than four individuals (always with the minimum of two adults) go
on any back-country expedition or campout."
On page 12, in bold type is the guidelines for members participation in
"Overnight camping by second and third grade Cub Scout dens or Cub Scout
packs (other than at an approved camping facility operated by the local
Council) is not approved., and certificates of liability insurance will
not be provided by the Boy Scouts of America."
"....A WEBELOS Scout may participate in overnight den campouts when
supervised by his mother or father. If a parent cannot attend, arrangements
must be made for a parent substitute."
Then a brief explanation of this follows:
*if a well-meaning leader brings along a child who does not meet these
age guidelines, disservice is done to the unit because of distractions
often caused by younger children. A disservice is done to the child, who
is not trained to participate in such activities and who as a non-member of
the group, may be ignored by the older campers. *
(MAN, DO I DISAGREE WITH THIS!!! MORE LATER!!!)
This booklet covers everything dealing with youth and the BSA. There are
sections on aquatic safety, camping, emergency preparness, fuels and fire
prevention, guns and fireworks, hazardous sports and activities, medical
information, special precautions, transportation and winter activities.
In other words, everything that we have been talking about for the last...
umm.....five or six months. This is the BSA's line on those issues.
The cover states that the purpose of the pamphlet is to "prepare adult
leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner."
"limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks;
rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping stones toward
safe and enjoyable adventures. Unit leaders (the book is aimed at the unit
leader and not the district or Council) should be aware of state and
local regulations that supercede BSA policies and guidelines.
It is also designed to be photocopied.
Hope that answers the question on the "source" for the BSA policies.
Scouter et all
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City