Re: Safe Scouting - International
David D. Miller +49 6221 404415 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Fri, 22 Nov 1991 18:44:02 CET
I have been in touch with one of the organisers for the Jamborette.
To the best of his knowledge, all the busses they will be using are
14 passengers plus driver. However, an alternative contact in the same
area has confirmed my impression that 16 passenger vehicles are in common
I've also been in touch with my local BSA contacts, to start asking
questions up through the organisation. Unfortunately, it's Friday
evening already, and everyone's away home. Next week has a US holiday
in it, so it may take some time to get answers.
The regulations for Tour Permits are slightly different here, since
international travel is much more common than in the States. The calendar
for one of the Troops that I've visited has four international trips
marked before the end of February, and the March campout may also
be outside of Germany. (The standard regulations say something like
National Tour Permit for all trips and outings outwith the USA:
Does that include Troopnights? A drive to the foodstore here is a drive
in a foreign country.)
I'm also aware of the need for registered leaders and US citizens
for any trip. The problem is that the US community here is
so unstable, almost nobody can commit themselves six months in advance.
With some of the adult leaders, a commitment a week away is difficult...
it's not that they're untrustworthy, it's just their job.
I'm working to remain as flexible as possible in the role for BSA
Leaders in this project, while remembering that, from a BSA perspective
I cannot be the primary leader. One option at the moment is to do
a switch of leaders halfway through. The numbers of leaders
stays high enough to keep everyone happy, but at most one other
leader is forced to give up the full three weeks of leave.
I need the support of other adults to get this project off the ground
so I've got to make it easy for them.
To make a bad day worse, the Jamborette is now over-subscribed, and pressure
is being put on those taking large groups across to cut down on the numbers.
Our booking stands at the moment, but the pressure is on.
Thank goodness I started out looking for alternative activities 5 months
ago! What's the Scout motto? Allzeit bereit!
David D. Miller
Scouting in Europe - a unique experience
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City