Re: Question about Aquatic Activities
dexter lovrien (drlovrie@WOLF.CO.NET)
Wed, 5 Jun 1996 12:57:47 -0500
Any amusement parks I have been to which have water rides ( Valley Fair in
Minneapolis and Several in the Wisconson Dells area of Wisc) have large
lifeguard staffs and therefore should, IMHO, provide those attending the
park with a safe/superfised enviroment. I'm not saying justt take the whole
troop to one of theses parks and turn them loose for the day. I feel adults
from the troop should still keep an eye on things but need not worry about
"safe swim defense". Make sure the troop understands that they must play by
the rules of the park. Uassaly the park will have a staffer meet with the
troop BEFORE entering and brief them as to the rules and expected behavior.
Be prepaired to deal with one or two who get ejected from the park for
violating the rules. As for life vests on the rides, I feel that IF they
are not required by the park, you need not worry. IF everyone follows the
rules, no droblem. IF someone goofs off, the attendents/life guards issue a
prompt, polite warning. The second offense uassally spoils some leaders day
as it is generally a Scout being kicked out for the day.
>Does anyone know if a trip to an amusement park that has water rides, ie.,
>Dorney Park, Hershey Park, etc., is considered an aquatic activity?
>Does the Guide to Safe Scouting guidelines for aquatic activities apply to
But this is only my opinion.
Dexter R. Lovrien
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