Re: Are you afraid?
Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Sun, 12 Feb 1995 11:04:59 -0500
The insurance information is appreciated, but the fact remains that that
coverage is only extended to cover us for approved activities. This means
that if you, like the SM in Oregon, are permitting activities which are
not supported by BSA, and if BSA has written guidelines (the Guide to
Safe Scouting) which clearly state that those activities are not
supported, then BSA's insurance carrier is NOT going to pay.
I am glad the insurance coverage is there, and I am not implying that BSA
leaves it's volunteers twisting in the wind, obviously, the SM of the
Georgia troop that had several Scouts drown recently was operating within
the guidelines of BSA policy, he will thankfully be covered if there are
any claims against him as a result, as there would be for any of us in a
situation that we could not be responsible for
The point I have been trying to make is that if we choose to ignore the
guidelines because we think the fear of liability is getting in the way
of the program, then we are putting ourselves out on a limb, and we
really have no right to expect BSA to tolerate us expecting them to cover
our tails when we choose to ignore policy.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City