Adult Leadership - Coed Activities
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 17 Feb 1996 16:47:25 -0500
Mike Walton, et al
I've just looked over my copies of YPP, the Guide to Safe Scouting,
literature on several High Adventure Bases, and Exploring literature and
no where does BSA require that an Explorer unit have two male and two
female leaders for a coed activity.
Let me quote from the Explorer Leader Handbook at page A-66:
"Two-deep leadership. Two registered adult leaders or one registered
adult leader and a parent of a participant, both of whom must be 21 years
of age or older, are required on all trips and outings. if the activity
is coeducational, leaders of both sexes must be present."
If BSA had meant to double the leadership requirement, it would have done
so explicitly, but it has not. And while there advantages to having
back-up leaders of both sexes it is not required by National.
There are three circumstances where an exception to this may occur and
where four adults may be required:
1. When the local Council Risk Assessment Committee recommends a more
stringent standard and it is approved by the Council Executive Board and
2. When a chartering organization requires more leaders.
3. When a host location; e.g. another organization's camp or a
specific Scout activity requires a higher ratio of leaders.
But remember these are the exceptions and not the rule. If we had to
have four adults for every Coed Explorer activity, we would soon see the
death of Exploring in some areas.
Speaking Only for Myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
a/k/a Professor Beaver (WB), ASTA #2566, OA Vigil Honor '71, Eagle
Scout '67, Serving as Deputy District Commissioner for Training,
G.W.Dist., Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA - email@example.com
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