Re: Driving Scouts Home
Kim Hannemann MPSVP 80167 (KHANNEMANN@WORLDBANK.ORG)
Mon, 24 Apr 1995 13:02:00 -0500
Steve Tobin says:
"I often am requested by parents to give their son(s) a ride home
from scouting events. This may be rationalizing the situation, but I
regard this as a favor between friends, and is not connected with the
scouting event or my being a scouter. In the case of a particular
meeting such as John is describing I would call the parents and offer
to provide a ride on the same basis. When the driving is connected
with a troop event, such as driving to a campout, we follow all of
the YPP guidelines.
"What are the feeling on this attitude? Real or Rationalization?"
Whether you think you are acting as a BSA Scouter or an individual
when you do something like this, if you are not following the BSA YP
guidelines (according to what the BSA says they are when "it" comes
up), the BSA won't help you or your chartering organization as far as
liability is concerned. But should that be your foremost thought?
IMHO, it is important to keep the YPP in mind, but it is also
important to help other people at all times, to obey the Scout Law
(helpful, courteous, friendly, etc.), and to do a good turn daily.
If your Scout needs a ride home, and your friends (his parents) have
asked for your help, of course you do it. And if by a horrible twist
of fate you later stand alone, unjustly accused, you give your story
and at the end you say, "I am a Scouter. I did the right thing. I
would do it again."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City