Re: Transition Training Scout to Sco
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Tue, 7 Jun 1994 20:01:39 -0400
This really isn't in reply to Ian's post but rather something I read here
about five minutes prior concerning the Scout to Scouter transition.
Just a stray thought on something that points out some of the paranoia that
is currently reigning with "youth protection policies" in the BSA. I do
_NOT_ disagree with the policies, just pointing out how they can become
absurd sometimes when taken to the extreme letter of the law. Here goes...
Someone wrote earlier today about the transition from Scout to Scouter
happening on a campout. Friday night the "youth" shared a tent with his
buddies while the next night the now "adult" was forbidden to do so since he
was now a Scouter. Other than his 18th birthday, what occured between
Friday and Saturday that made this young man a potential threat to our boys?
(IMO, nothing.) Again, I do NOT intend this to be a voice of opposition
against youth protection policies.
Other Scouting groups blur this distinction by the use of Rover Scouts, or
other such similar organization where the young men are participants, and
not leaders, up to as old as 30. In the U.S. this distinction is blurred
within O.A. events, where a young man is a youth until he is 21. This
latter creates potential camping arrangements that would be forbidden on
non-OA functions (ie. the 18 - 20 crowd).
Is this definition as cut and dry in other countries as in the U.S.? How do
other nations handle this in regard to child protection? Is there the same
level of concern, or the need for concern, elsewhere as here in the U.S.?
John E. Pannell
ASM Troop 39
Old North State Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City