Re: BSA: Driving Scouts Home and YPP
Ben Parker (bparker@INTERACCESS.COM)
Fri, 21 Apr 1995 18:14:34 -0700
On Fri, 21 Apr 1995, John Pannell wrote:
> So, apparently I am breaking the YPP, correct?
Yes, that is correct!
> What do I do?
Well, you are not alone <g>. I have no idea actually how many people
also fall into this situation, but I am sure a surprisingly large
number do exactly the same thing. This does NOT make it 'OK'. It is
STILL a violation of Youth Protection Policy and if anything ever
happens, guess whose head will be on the block...
So, you can do what many others do. Be aware that you ARE violating
the YP policy. And take extra precautions to see that nothing
happens. e.g pick up the youth at a preset time, making sure a parent
is at home. Call as you leave the Scout Office (or wherever you meet)
on your way home, with the estimated time of arrival (parent at home
again) and stick to it. This at least establishes that you are trying
to document your movements and behavior.
Another thing is to get to know the boy's parent(s) and for them to get
to know you. If you/they are unknown, it can develop into something
uncomfortable for all. If you know each other well, then there is
extra information in the situation.
Seek every opportunity to have another person (youth or adult) ride
with you. Remember, part of the 2 deep leadership rule comes from the
2 adults providing a check on each other. ANY time you have only 2
people, 1 adult and 1 youth, if anything EVER happens (even a car
accident) it will always come down to 1 story against the other.
Without a 3rd person's version some people will always harbor a doubt.
I believe (personal opinion now, not policy) that anytime we choose to
cancel or suspend Scouting activities for fear of lawsuits, liability,
etc that is a sad day. (I do draw the line at obvious dangers such as
skydiving, etc.) In a similar situation (OA camping promotions) I have
and will again (if necessary) drive with only 1 youth unrelated to me in
the car. But it also has always been the son of someone else in my own
troop, who knows me well. So, I feel the risk taken is worth it, for
the greater good of the total Scouting program.
This still violates the YP policy. You have to always be aware of
that. So I feel you have to do the best you can in an otherwise
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