Re: scouts alone in the woods
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 20 Sep 1995 15:55:24 -0400
On Sep 20, 1995 11:59:09, '"Paul H. Brown" <phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG>' wrote:
>Do scouts go out without adult leaders anymore? IOW, can a patrol take a
>a bike-ride, or a camping/backpacking trip without adult leaders?
>The YPG sez we need 2 adults, but I'm supposing it really means we can't
>only 1 adult on an expedition. Are zero adults OK?
This is an intriguing question because (paraphrasing here) the Guide to
Safe Scouting, in discussing the two deep leadership requirements for
activities includes a phrase like "except patrol activities" which would
seem to say that they could go bowling, go to a movie, take a day hike,
etc. without any adults. However whether that would include overnight
camping is much less clear.
And, by the way, this is a two-deep leadership problem, not a youth
protection problem. There are separate sets of rules for each. Youth
protection does NOT require two ADULTS. It merely says that the specific
combination of one youth and one adult is not allowed. The third person
could be either another adult or another youth.
Leadership requirements, on the other hand, require at least two adults,
one of whom is 21, and one of whom is registered, on all activities with
the exception noted above.
Bruce E. Cobern
Dan Beard District
Queens Council, NY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City