John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Tue, 12 Jul 1994 18:29:08 -0400
>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?
There's no way to put this delicately, but I will be succinct...
As I have had it told me... It is perceived that this is a situation where
sexual abuse between an adult and child is most likely to occur. Hence to
avoid even the appearance of impropriety, adults are banned from the shower
Should adults be allowed in and a case of abuse occurred, _even once_, the
lawyers would have a field day and eat the BSA for lunch. Allowing adults
to be present in such a situation might be viewed as prima facie evidence of
negligence on behalf of the BSA.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City