Pioneering new lows
Craig Bond (CraigB1051@AOL.COM)
Thu, 27 Apr 1995 17:15:00 -0400
Erik Asby asks: "where did this come from '... pioneering projects
cannot be so high that any part of a person using them would be
more than 6 feet off the ground.. . .'? The way I figure it, since
I am 6 feet high, if I step on the first ladder of a tower, I have
just violated this. This can not be right..can it?
Probably the poster was referring to the "Guide to Safe Scouting"
(10-212/1994) which says on page 26 (in part) "(Rope) Monkey
bridges should be constructed higher than 5 feet above flat-
surfaced ground nor longer than 40 feet. Initially, beginners
should not span more than 25 feet."
Common sense, of which it has been observed there is a dearth,
would say that the rope upon which one walks is the part that
should not be higher than 5 feet. As you've adequately noted,
legislating agains the elevating of any part of a person taller
than 6 feet more than that distance is not only foolish but a
likely infringement on personal liberty and certainly, in the long
run, of the unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness.
Some will argue other interpretations, some will rail at the
imputed stupidity of those who failed to cover all possible
circumstances, and certainly someone will blame all of the above on
the Unknown Stupid Professional who came up with this unintelligent
guide (BTW, in the book, the material quoted is not in Boldface
Type and therefore, according to the note on the inside front
cover, is not a BSA rule or policy, but a guide, a "stepping-stone
toward safe and enjoyable adventures).
Applying common sense to this situation, we should be able to
conclude differently and logically develop, for lack of a better
phrase, safe and enjoyable adventures for our boys.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City