Re: Camping without adult supervision
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Thu, 14 Dec 1995 12:11:25 EST
I guess this does really help the Americans on this list, but a
Canadian Scout patrol may go camping without a leader.
"Troop Scouters may approve patrol size groups of Scouts (two to ten)
holding short-term camps without adult leadership, providing each
Scout has obtained permissions from a parent or guardian."
"Venturers may hold short-term camps without adult leadership,
providing each has obtained permission of a parent or guardian and
the approval of the Advisor."
"A Venturer company may hold a long-term camp with an Advisor. The
provision for an Advisor in camp may be waived by the group/section
committee after consultation with the Advisor and the approval of a
Venturer parent or guardian."
A short-term camp is 3 nights or less; long term is 4 nights or more.
Scouts are 11-14, with option to 16; a Scout leader wouldn't send
a patrol of new 11 year old Scouts out camping without a leader,
but a patrol of 13-14 year old Scouts could go camping themselves;
this doesn't mean that the leader might not pop in from time to time
to check that there are no problems.
Venturers are 14-17.
Rovers (18-26) may go camping as individuals, small groups or as
a crew, providing notification has been given to the Crew Advisor.
It helps to have this clearly written out, I find. In the States,
I understand the policy is that a patrol may do 'patrol activities'
without a leader or with two leaders. But I don't think the term
'patrol activities' is clearly defined.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City