Brian L. Davis (brian@COR.GOV)
Tue, 19 Jul 1994 12:21:53 -0500
I have read with some interest the thread regarding the YPP guide-
lines about showers. I think there is some misinterpretation going on here.
First, the rule says that adults should arrange times for "adults-only"
showers, and should allow the boys their privacy while showering, as well as
requiring that the boys respect the privacy of the adults. ( I don't have
my guidelines in front of me, or I would supply a quote).
It is important to note, that the rules do not say that no adults shall be
permitted in the same shower area while boys are showering. Adults are still
permitted to supervise boys in the shower, if they feel a situation may be
occuring, and in fact would be irresponsible to allow horseplay to occur in
such a potentially dangerous place. If you feel mischief is afoot, get another
leader, and go check. If you are two-deep, you should *always* have another
leader available for backup.
The intention of the rule, is to avoid a situation where an adult could be
unclothed in the presence of a boy, and have an valid reason for being nude.
Basically, adults should never engage in any activity with boys where both are
unclothed, and specifically the adults must not appear unclothed in company
of boys. The important thing to remember, is that these rules do not target
the normal people out there. They are intended to thwart the activity of
the sexual deviate, who might capitalize on such an opportunity to victimize
a child. If it is unusual for an adult to be nude in the presence of a
child, then we have reason for question at any time such a thing occurs. And
thats what we are using as a weapon to combat the pedophile.
Youth Protection Instructor
Used to be an Eagle...
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