Re: Scouts driving
Vince Scanio (vinscout@ATLAS.AXIOM.NET)
Mon, 19 Feb 1996 22:36:41 +0000
There have been several references lately to the '95 Guide to Safe
Scouting. Unfortunately, all I've got is the '94 and didn't see a
newer version at our Council Scout Shop last Thursday. So perhaps
those of you with a more recent version could shed some light on a
problem that arose at this past weekend's campout.
The '94 Guide says, "The driver must be currently licensed and at
least 18 years of age." (This was not an Explorer activity,nor was
it to an area, regional, or national Boy Scout activity.) So, if you
leave from the Scout Hut as a group, it does seem to say all drivers
must be at least 18. Is this still the way it's written?
What if a 16 or 17-year-old customarily drives himself to meetings?
Does he park his vehicle and ride to the campsite with an older
driver? Do we say the event begins at the campsite, but for younger
Scouts we'll provide a ride from the hut to the campsite? (Notice the
local tour permit form mentions the route to the site.) And if it's
okay for the 17-year-old to drive to the site, can his younger
brother ride with him? And what do you do if the driver wants to go
on the outing, but also wants to come in during the day for a
sporting event (say he's a team member), then come back to camp?
I have my opinions, but this is a current subject of debate among our
troop's adults. I would appreciate knowing if the requirements have
changed, how you interpret them, and how you handle these matters in
Thanks for your input; sorry about the length.
San Marcos, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City