Bob Myers (rmyers@ONE.NET)
Sat, 27 Jul 1996 17:15:02 -0400
On Thu, 25 Jul 1996, Ned Jacklin and Jeff Wickman <LASNJ@CCMAIL.CECO.COM> wrote:
> For us, a quarter to a half mile between vehicles is both safe and yet
> close enough to maintain visual contact so that all may pull over if
> one has trouble. I believe this meets the intent of the BSA
A quarter mile or more sounds safer, but IMO this is still a convoy and exactly
what the policy does not permit. The tour permit calls for "rendezvous points"
off the highway where the Scouts are safer. 10 drivers worrying about each
other and pulling off the road when one has a problem, while laudable on the
surface, is not the safest way to get our Scouts from point A, to point B, to
point C, etc. A bunch of Scouts vehicles pulling onto an emergency-only shoulder
is NOT a good thing safety wise and may put the leaders who sponsor this out
from under the BSA liability umbrella should anything bad happen.
Why not simply follow the rules: have rendezvous points, supply detailed maps,
and arrange communication (cell phones, CBs, answering machines, someone at
home, etc). This is not difficult. IMO, convoys with any spacing are dangerous
and are against BSA policy. This opinion comes from personal experience.
Bob Myers, SM, Troop 575, Dan Beard Council, Cincinnati, Ohio
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City