Re: Pregnant scouts...
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Sat, 2 Jul 1994 20:38:09 -0600
On Sat, 2 Jul 1994, C. Findley wrote:
> Excuse me, Mike, but you shouldn't generalize. I gave birth two weeks ago.
> I was camping a week before that. And hiking and canoeing and such. I
> slept better on the ground than I had been doing in my own bed. My council
> gave me fits, but I told them, politely of course, what they could do with
> it. If I'm old enough to be a mother, I'm old enough to make my own
> decisions regarding such things.
I think the only legitimate concern on the part of Council or district
would be the question, "Being at this advanced stage of pregnancy [ I'm
assuming 39 weeks in this case ], are you able to perform as may be
necessary in the event of any possible emergent situation? Can you safely
and properly handle your own canoe if it should capsize? What about a
canoe occupied by youth, can you handle that capsizing? Can you make the
hike for help in the case of broken leg/snake bite/rock slide/broken
This same logic should apply to any adult leader's health consideration.
I quite hiking and camping for several months after my knee surgery. A
Scouter recovering from heart surgery should be congizant of his/her
ability to act in an emergency, and so.
Ryan Keil, BEAR-ly Scoutin'
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City