Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@MIMICAD.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 12 Jul 1994 11:38:51 -0600
> Until the YPP came out, I have always taken time to look in on
> the showers when I hear things going on outside. Since YPP, I
> can think of a few times I've just walked away when I felt I
> probably should show an adult presence.
> I agree with almost all YPP guidelines, but on the subject of
> showering I'm afraid we are not adequately protecting youth
> from abuse by older scouts by keeping an adult presence out of
> the showerhouse. This year I overheard some serious horseplay
> and foul language coming from the showerhouse. I pounded on the
> wall and asked what was going on in there. "Nothing!" was the
> answer and the noise died down for about 10 seconds.
I have often wondered about how the shower rule fit in with some of
the other concepts in YPP. If we can't allow scouts to have patrol
meetings on their own without 2 adults present because of fears of
hazing and such, why do we require the showers (where there is the
largest chance of such things happening) not have any adults present?
I don't think that the adults should be showering with the kids, but
there isn't any way now to address problems in the showers. Can
anyone out there shed light on the reasoning behind the decision?
ASM Troop 1046, Bowie, MD, NCAC
Eagle '85 Vigil '89
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City