Re: Youth Protection
Michael Cooper (mcooper@MCOOPER.SEANET.COM)
Wed, 11 Sep 1996 10:02:30 -0700
Paul H. Brown wrote:
> I had an inquiry about whether a scouter can transport scouts under the
> Youth Protection Guidelines. As I read them, two scouters (or, a scouter
> and another adult) must be present at all times. Does this mean that two
> adults must be in each car that is used to transport scouts?
> If so, then this will more than double the number of adults who are present at
> activities. Two will be necessary in each car, and the number of cars
> will be greater because adults will now be sitting in seats where scouts
> sat on former trips.
> Can someone help me out of this puzzle?
> Paul H. Brown
> Roundtable Commissioner
> George Washington District, NCAC
Our Scout Committee just hashed over this topic last month. There was
not an agreement on the ruling. The only thing we *could agree* on was
to use common sense. I usually drive on all Scout activities and I have
my son (13) ride in the front seat with me with several of the scouts in
the back seats. I think this covers the Scouts and me from any
questions about Youth Protection. Often dads or moms drive and we
arrange the seating the same, so family are together. I know this
doesn't cover when my ASM (23) drives and doesn't have an adult to ride
with him.... he usually leaves the front seat empty. The Committee has
committed to arranging for more adults to attend activities.
This not only effects transporting the Scouts, but it would seem that
you would need at least 4 adults on every outing just incase two have to
leave with another scout for an emergency...two would be left with the
troop. Just hope you never have more than one emergency per outing.
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