Re: Cub Scout Camping
Craig McGarrah (mcgarrah@FLINET.COM)
Fri, 2 Aug 1996 16:21:08 -0400
ur cub scout pack has a 2 night camping trip to Hershey Park this fall. In
>reading the Tours and Expedition Book it states "2nd and 3rd grade cub scouts
>may not camp except at local council operated camp grounds" I am concerned
>about any liability which the scouting program may incur as from what I read
>it doesn't appear the BSA insurance covers a trip like this.
>The pack says if the council issues a tour permit then they are covered. Is
>this correct and if not how do other packs handle trips like this?
>Thanks in Advance,
The "Guide to Safe Scouting" says the same thing and I'm not sure why
your council would give you a permit other than they assume you are
only taking your Webelos which is legal.
I'm sure the Scouting Policy Experts on the list will shoot me for suggesting
this, but there is a way around this. You could claim this is a Family Camp
consisting of families that happen to be in the Pack. Basically you would be
making it a non-scouting event which would not be covered by insurance
(to the best of my knowledge). This would have to be clearly explained to
the parents ahead of time, of course.
This is risky stuff, but packs in my area do it. I do it once a year. Our sister
troop invites the Webelos to join them at a campout at Fort Wilderness
(part of Walt Disney World - we are three hours south). It is just a gathering
of families - no formal scout activities or uniforms. The only thing we do
is spend the night at the campsite and the families are on their own during
the days. They can do any one of a million things including hitting the parks
(EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, MGM, Typhoon Lagoon, etc.) or canoe, swim, or whatever
they decide to do. Even though the Webelos are invited, if they have younger
brothers and sisters, obviously they come too. It is explained to the cub
families that this is strictly a "camp at your own risk" situation. However,
this has never stopped anyone. Disney World is so expensive that for some
families, this is the only way they can afford to spend a night there ($6/person
We do not apply for a permit for this activity.
CM - Pack 132 Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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