Re: Scouts driving
michael woods (jmrwoods@AVALON.NANDO.NET)
Wed, 21 Feb 1996 09:57:05 -0500
In our troop, we have many people that are old enough to drive. They
usually come to the church and ride in the vehicle with the rest of the
group to the activity site. There are some times when a couple of
sixteen or seventeen year olds do drive to camp. This could be because
of an activity where they must leave and come back, come in late, or to
help the troop carry gear down to the campsite. However, no other Scout,
is allowed to ride with that person unless he is eighteen years of age.
However, we have had some cases where our troop has put on a Junior
Leader Training course and I, who was then fifteen rode with the Senior
Patrol Leader, who was sixteen. However, we didn't go down with the
troop, we went down early in order to get things setup. Hope that this
Eagle Class of 1995
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Zebulon, North Carolina
On Mon, 19 Feb 1996, Vince Scanio wrote:
> 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
> your unit.
> Thanks for your input; sorry about the length.
> Vince Scanio
> San Marcos, Texas
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