Re: your mail
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 14 Sep 1992 14:39:26 CDT
> The supervision requirements for a canoe trip are at least one adult over
> 21 to supervise the activity AND someone certified as a BSA lifeguard or
> equivalent. The BSA lifeguard might be a youth. The unit must adhere to
> the BSA "Safety Afloat" policies.
> National will check to make certain the supervision requirements
> are met when you request a national tour permit.
From Guide to Safe Scouting, 1991 printing, no. 10-212:
SAFETY AFLOAT (P. 8)
The following IS policy:
BEFORE A BSA GROUP MAY ENGAGE IN AN EXCURSION, EXPEDITION, OR TRIP ON THE
WATER (CANOE, RAFT, SAILBOAT, MOTORBOAT, ROWBOAT, TUBE, OR OTHER CRAFT),
ADULT LEADERS FOR SUCH ACTIVITY MUST COMPLETE "SAFTETY AFLOAT TRAINING,"
NO. 1459, HAVE A "COMMITMENT CARD" WITH THEM, AND BE DEDICATED TO FULL
COMPLIANCE WITH ALL NINE POINTS OF SAFETY AFLOAT.
1. Qualified Supervision
A responsible adult must supervise all activity afloat and must be
experienced and qualified in water safety (BSA Lifeguard or lifeguard or
lifesaver certification by a recognized agency) and in the particular
skills related to the water craft being used, or use assistants so
Ability to meet current requirements for the canoeing, rowing, small boat
sailing, or motorboating merit badge qualifies a person in respect to safe
handling of that water craft.
One adult supervisor is required for each ten people with a minimum of two
adults for any one group. All adult supervisors must complete Safety
Afloat and Safe Swim Defense training, and at least one must be certified
in CPR Basic Life Support.
Following is POLICY:
****For Cub Scouts: Canoeing and rafting for Cub Scouts (including Webelos
Scouts) is to be limited to council/district events on FLAT WATER ponds or
controlled lake areas free of powerboats and sailboats. Prior to
recreational canoeing, Cub Scouts are to be insturcted in basic handling
skills and safety practices.
Hope this helps some.
Chicago Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City