Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Thu, 29 Jun 1995 20:32:17 +0100
That's why I asked the question regarding you guys in the USA. Here in
UK my understanding is that the Scout Leader has " care and control " of
the child and has the DUTY in law to act as a reasonable parent , and to
minimise the risk of danger to the child.
That means additional supervision or cutailing activities or whatever is
appropriate in the circumstances. In deciding whether a risk is
considered as " acceptable " a court would take into account the age ,
previous training , disability etc. of the child and ask if the care
provided was " appropriate " in the circumstances.
The principle is that parents give me and my colleagues care of their their
child for the duration of the camp in the expectation that I will behave as a
reasonable adult. Scouting is a high risk activity , and we have a duty
to minimise the risks.
As I say , your mileage may differ with regard to your particular
Ian N Ford
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City