Deirdre LaRock (butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM)
Sun, 4 Aug 1996 10:33:10 -0400
OK, I'll be the first to admit I'm not involved in Boy Scouts. I am
involved in Cub scouts. So, there are obviously differences in the
approach. But, as for letting other boys JL or not sign in the book, I
don't think so. Even though I am sure the boys are trustworthy, etc. To
me, it would come down to accountability. Who is going to be held
accountable if that boy doesn't know every safety rule? Do you think they
are going to look for each person who initialled? No, they are going to
look for the leader. Therefore, it should be a TRAINED leader who signs the
book. And, I would hope that if the leader isn't certain as to whether or
not s/he is qualified to sign off...s/he would ask the opinion of someone
s/he feels is qualified.
In our pack, parents are obviously allowed to sign for the younger ranks.
But, ONLY trained leaders are allowed to sign the Webelo books. And, for
ALL ranks only a BSA certified WSI is allowed to sign the swimming section.
We have some families where older brother is a life guard, and we say great,
let our person observe.
Sad to say, but we live in a 'sue' crazy society. And, accountability is a
BIG issue. So while it may save time and be more convenient, it would never
happen in my unit.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City