Re: Cub Scouts Sports Program
James A. Sheckels (JASHECKELS@AOL.COM)
Wed, 18 Oct 1995 01:36:59 -0400
Mark Michalski's post on 17 Oct asked for specifics on contact sports
The Health and Safety Guide (#34409) Section J is "Hazardous Sports and
Activities" (starts on page 17 in my copy). A portion of section J is titled
"Unauthorized and Restricted Activities" (page 18 in my copy). This says
boxing, karate and related martial arts are unauthorized activities." (I
take this to mean as an encouraged activity to earn recognitions or as part
of an official Scout activity - may not violate the purpose of the Cub
Physical Fitness loop/pin?) There are other activities in this section.
Of note, on page 17, Judo is authorized for Scouts (Boy Scouts) and Explorers
if done with proper mats and thouroughly trained instructors related to YMCA,
colleges and athletic clubs whose objectives and coaching methods are
compatible with BSA principles. (In the past it was explained to me that this
is because judo is a defensive, not offensive, activity - hitting, kicking,
striking are not part of judo, just throws! Ouch anyway.
This is also reiterated in the Safe Guide to Scouting, section IX in my copy.
SM Minute: If you can only afford one BSA publications to compliment your
leaders handbook, make it the Guide to Safe Scouting - it is a collection of
pertinent polices from several of BSA'a cornerstone policy guides. (Unpaid
YIS Jim Sheckels I used to be a Bobwhite....
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