Re: Youth Protection
James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Wed, 11 Sep 1996 13:55:03 -0700
Paul Brown asks:
>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?
No, two adults need not be in each vehicle. We are dealing with two
separate policies here: Youth Protection and two-deep leadership.
Youth Protection Policy tells us there is no one-on-one activity between an
adult and youth.
Two-deep leadership states that there must be at least two adults present
for all activities. One MUST be a registered Scouter, and one MUST be 21
years of age or older. It does not say, however, that the registered adult
MUST be the 21 or over adult. (See Tours and Expeditions page 2; Guide to
Safe Scouting page 4).
Accordingly, if there are two vehicles, each being driven by an adult, you
have met the two-deep requirement. In each vehicle, there may be two or more
Scouts present, satisfying the youth protection requirement. (This example
is used in the Guide to Safe Scouting on page 4).
Therefore, you could not have one adult and one Scout in a vehicle (such as
a truck), unless that Scout is the son of that adult. Were it parent/son,
you are still in compliance with Youth Protection.
The Tours and Expeditions guide, #33735, gives greater detail as to driver
requirements (ages, experience, and such). These are also stated in the
Guide to Safe Scouting on page 32.
YIS, Jim Sheckels - I used to be a Bobwhite...SE 308-7 '82/'72-WWW-B'Hood
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3501 Farm Circle Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28306-8303
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