Re: Females at Camp
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 16 Jul 1995 01:28:09 -0400
Well I finally did it. Fell asleep at the keyboard and sent an empty
posting. So if you saw a blank message yesterday - sorry.
Others have commented aplenty on the Troop's policy regarding
restrictions on females going on campouts and to camp. Instead of
repeating the same line, I'd like to offer a few other thoughts:
* YPP Coordinator
As part of the rechartering process you are now going to have to have an
adult designated as a YPP Coordinator, whose job it will be to see that
adult registrations are reviewed and to see that key leaders get to YPP
training. Sound like something that may be helpful in your unit.
* YPP Trainers Are A Resource
Sounds like your Committee Chair probably hasn't gone to YPP Training or
went very early on and has limited memory or desire to look further. You
may want to consider using a YPP Trainer as a unit resource - ask one to
be a guest at a Committee Meeting to present the latest developments on
YPP. Similarly, you could call on your Unit or District Commissioner to
be a guest and help by giving an update. The chair may not appreciate it
and it would be better if he were part of the inviting group. The best
thing to do might be to have your friends on the committee bring it up
for a vote and push it through - then invite 'em. The chair is not
supposed to be a dictator position, use the vote and your resources.
* Council Policies
Because some state Child Protection laws vary greatly, your Council may
have formulated a specific policy on the number of adults required when
two sexes are represented in a contingent. It may be a good idea to
check with your Council to see whether it has a policy in this area.
* For venture crews and Explorer activities with coed participation, YPP
is real clear - you must have at least two adults over 21 and one must be
female, if the activity is coed.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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