Re: Scouts vs child labor
samuel sprayberry (JScharf@AOL.COM)
Thu, 23 Mar 1995 01:50:32 -0500
> The Illinois Department of Labor has declared that any person
> under 16 who receives any honor, reward or recognition in
> full or in part, as a result of engaging in any activity that
> paid employees do as part of their normal process
> constitutes a violation of the Child Labor Laws. It seems that
> earning a MB or conservation award or even the Eagle rank
> constitutes a reward and thus falls under this ridiculous
> ruling. Fines are imposed of $1,000 per child per incidence.
> Second and third violations escalate into the 5 digit range.
I sincerely hope this posting is in error. If it is not, then the people of
Illinois should consider removal of the Director of their Department of Labor
and repeal or modification of a couple of laws with too fine a line!
Please see the April 1995 issue of *Boys Life* on page 15. The article
recognizes Eagle Scout Jason Spanel who built a terrific wetland for his
project in -- you guessed it folks -- Eldorado, Illinois. This young man was
one of 10 national winners of the President's Environmental Youth Award last
November, became the youngest person ever to receive a grant from the U.S.
Interior Department, was honored by the Nature of Illinois Foundation, the
Illinois Department of Conservation, and the North American Wetlands Council.
Let's not tell anyone in his home town lest he be honored with litigation as
I suppose the only reasonable explanation for this insane Illinois
incongruity is that Jason must surely be at least 16 years of age, although
the article does not state how old he is.
It is said that the people get the government they deserve. Makes me
ttfn/Jeanne Scharfenberg/Arvada (Denver), Colorado
6 yrs Cub Scouter
1+ yrs Boy Scouter
Cub Leader Trainer
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