Re: BSA WINS ONE ! (So far)
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 12 Jul 1993 09:38:17 EDT
I will try to repeat what I was recently told by a leagal type:
The "permission slip" can not really relieve a leader of responsibility.
If a leader is negligent, even with a permission slip, he/she can be
held liable. In many cases it does give the leader PERSMISSION to
approve ermergeny medical treatment, BUT ONLY if the parents or
leagal guardians can not be reached. It also gives the leaders
permission to transport the YOUTH to include crossing county or
state lines, etc.
SO, if you do not FOLLOW the rules, and proctect the child etc.,
you can be sued even with a permission slip! Our council requests
that each leader carry at least one million dollars in personal
liability, which is the first line of defence. BSA self insurance
kicks in only after the leaders liabiliyt is exhausted, and then
there is some MAJOR claims insurance after some number like 3 or 5
You best protection is safty first. Follow the rules! Two deep
leadership! Know where your scouts are at alls times, and know
what they are supposed to be doing. At summer camp, follow UP
once in a while to make sure they are where they SINGED out to be.
Our camps (as do all BSA camps I believe) have an emergency drill
within a few hours after camp opens. ALL scouts must be located
and counts reported to camp office. Our troop also runs a TEST
about evey other day, to make sure scouts remember to SIGN OUT
for where they are going, and BUDDY UP for everything!
17 days, and I'm off to the JAMBO!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City