BSA policy on young children
Greg Stewart (Greg33@AOL.COM)
Wed, 28 Sep 1994 22:13:28 EDT
Rex Goode asked if the BSA had a policy on bringing young children on Scout
Campouts. I found the following in the BSA Health and Safety Guide. It is
the 1983 edition. I'm absolutely sure that this manual has long since been
updated, but I have found that these policies do not change much over time
... they are just added to.
Cubs may participate in day camps or family camps.
Webeloes may camp in dens with parent participation.
Scouts (11-18) may participate in overnight campouts.
Scouts age 12 & up may participate in outpost camping.
Scouts age 13 and up may particpate in high adventure.
"If a well-meaning leader brings along a son who does not meet these age
guidelines, disservice is done to the unit because of distractions often
caused by younger children, and a disservice is done to the child because he
is not trained to participate in such an activity and, as he is not a member
of the group, may be ignored by the older boys. We stongly discourage this
In Rex's case, he may need to ask the BSA to write a similar policy regarding
certain parents in his troop committee!!
I hope the above helps.
..........used to be a beaver.............
PS: You LDS scouters know the church's policies on camping for certain age
groups which are different than those above. (Blazers). I don't think I
need to get into that ... it is not the issue here.
PSS: Yes, I know I can get more recent health and safety stuff by
downloading the file using the get command ....... haven't done it yet. I'm
a busy guy.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City