Re: Novice Caving
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 00:05:37 GMT
On Aug 06, 1996 09:17:43, 'Kathie Cerveny <kathie@EECS.NWU.EDU>' wrote:
>It truly does not matter if you agree or not. The facts are quite clear.
>Troops are not allowed to go caving. period. If you do, it's your house
>liability. BSA has stated very clearly that this activity is not allowed,
>and as such relieves itself from any responsibility.
But that is NOT what the Guide to Safe Scouting says. It says (in bold)
that "Cave exploring, other than simple novice activities, should be
limited to Scouts and Explorers 14 years of age or older."
That means that "simple novice activities" are allowable for Scouts younger
than 14. What was described was an outing in a cave which had been judged
to be "novice" in level by members of the National Speleological Society
which is the group to which the BSA recommends we turn for guidance. Let's
stop looking for ways NOT to do things.
>Remember -- we have national committees of volunteers (always with
>specialists in the various fields) who set these rules. They are not
>guidelines, but rules. The Guide to Safe Scouting states what you can or
>can not do, if you wish to have the support of BSA.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City