Re: Scouts vs child labor
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Thu, 23 Mar 1995 11:53:03 -0800
Steve Beluch <steve.beluch@SYSLINK.MCS.COM> writes:
>Ok, now I've heard it all!
>I just got back from encouraging over 260 scouters from all over the
>upper midwest to get their units more involved in the local scene
>through conservation or clean-up projects through their city park
>districts or city's neighborhood commission and I find out today that
>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.
That may be why the Eagle Service Project requirement stresses that
the project must be something that would not NORMALLY be done.
We have had several recent Eagles do projects at a nearby national park.
The volunteer coordinator has mentioned that, because of their budget, the
only work that is not safety-related that gets done is done by volunteers.
On the other hand, we have had PTA-sponsored activities directed at
school maintenance that had to be called off, not because they were
regularly being done, but that they could (should) have been done by
the school district staff, if they had the staffing and budget to get
around to it.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** firstname.lastname@example.org
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City