Re: Two Leaders, One MB Counselor
Maj Jon Danner (dannerjm@C17MIS.WPAFB.AF.MIL)
Thu, 28 Sep 1995 08:55:12 -0400
I guess I was not clear in my original post concerning two-deep leadership.
The responses I have received all focus on the camping aspect of troop
activities, and what the rules state. This was not my intent. I wanted to
prompt a philosophical discussion focusing on how these current policies
effect the INDOOR programs, especially the troop meeting.
I understand and embrace the two-deep leadership policies for OUTDOOR
activities for all the safety and liability reasons stated. I have no
heartburn at all here. Outdoor activities are usually somewhat removed
civilization, prompting concerns over emergency response and public
perception. We need the two-deep policies here.
I feel the troop meeting can be needlessly shackled by the same policies. I
have had to cancel some meetings because, until recently, I did not have
enough adult leaders. The troop meetings are held in a public meeting room
on church grounds with ready access to a telephone for emergency situations.
The church is in the middle of a large residential area. The nearest
paramedic squad is half mile away. I think most troops have their meetings
in similar environments.
Compare this situation to merit badge counseling. The meetings are usually
held in a private location like the counselor's home. The safety aspect is
not much of a concern here; the problem is youth protection and public
image. Since the troop meeting is more public than a counseling session, I
should have the same or less stringent controls. On the other hand, camping
and other outdoor activities are decidedly less public than a counseling
session and do demand tighter controls.
Are we letting paranoia overtake rationality?
Jon Danner, SM
Wright Brothers District
Miami Valley Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City