Re: BSA: Driving Scouts Home and YPP
Ken Schneider (sk@RPCI.DEMON.CO.UK)
Tue, 25 Apr 1995 13:57:59 GMT
In message <email@example.com> SCOUTS-L%TCUBVM.BITNET@uga.cc
-= 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?
The question isn't whether your response to this impossible situation is
real or rationalized; the question is whether the situation itself is.
The BSA did nothing about this supposedly enormous problem until it
started getting slapped with mega-lawsuits and its insurer threatened
to drop coverage. They know full-well that people in real situations
will have to break these "rules" to keep their program going; the
"policy" can therefore be seen to be the implementation of a rationalized
system of stumbling blocks for the Scouters who care enough about their
program to take the risks upon their own shoulders -- an opportunistic
strategy for the BSA to wash their hands of liability at their leaders'
(and, ultimately, Scouts') expense. This "protection" program will not
ultimately protect Scouts because those with negative motives will find
a way around it anyway (just between friends, etc.). It should therefore
be more accurately termed "BSA-PP": protection of the BSA from Scouts,
not the other way around.
Note that no one else in the world has such "policies", and ignoring the
litigiousness question we don't have any more abuses than you. Something
is wrong, and as usual people are focusing on symptoms rather than causes.
Best regards: Ken Schneider (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City