Re: Liability Suits
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 21 Feb 1994 09:33:56 CST
Rick's posting reminds me to pass along a couple of other notes:
First, there IS a listing of PROHIBITED EVENTS during Scouting events.
TACKLE FOOTBALL IS ONE OF THEM. It says so in the current "Guide to Safe
Scouting", BSA #10-212 (page 21, for those *really* interested!). Check
*your* local Council on the status of "flag football"...in some local
Councils, it's permitted; in others, it's NOT.
Make SURE that the YOUTH MEMBERS IN YOUR UNIT KNOW what's permitted and
what's not. A simple "Hey guys, we can't do that in Scouts!", is NOT
enough....one of the things that the adult advisors COULD have done was
to send HOME (mail to parents) a copy of the Guide with a cover letter
stating "While we CANNOT be with your children/young adults 24/7, we
want you to be aware that the BSA does NOT approve of nor will pay ANY
insurance claims against, ANY of the activities listed here. If your
son or daughter participates in those (or similiar) activities during
our activities, it is with his or her FULL KNOWLEDGE that such activities
are prohibited and it is NOT a part of our unit's official activities or
events". (no, the youth members CANNOT sign a waiver...they are underage, for
the most part).
(yes, the Guide to Safe Scouting can and the BSA recommends that it should
be reproduced and sent to parents or others in the unit as part of a "welcome
Finally, this reminds us all of the need to insure that there's enough
PROGRAM going on so that youth won't be too bored. While we cannot keep
youth members from "doing their own things" (and that's something that SHOULD
be promoted, especially when they can't or won't do things at home!), we
CAN control to a level when and under what circumstances those "things"
happen, and in what form.
Mike L. Walton
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City