Re: youth protection
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 13 Sep 1996 00:42:44 -0400
Rules can be confusing and we've had some bad information here as well as
misunderstanding. The best bet is to go to the source material, here it
is the Guide to Safe Scouting. There are three rules that seem to get
* Two deep leadership is required for all trips and outings - that's two
adult leaders one of who must be 21.
* Transportation: "If you cannot provide two adults for each vehicle,
the minimum required is one adult and two or more youth members -- NEVER
ONE ON ONE." (Emphasis in original text from Guide to Safe Scouting)
* Safety Rule of Four: Applies to backcountry expedition or campout and
requires a minimum of two adults and two youth - not four adults.
Some Council Risk Assessment Committees after reviewing local liabity
issues may impose more stringent requirements, but this is what the
National policy is.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Dep.Dist.Commissioner-Training, G.W.Dist., NCAC, BSA (Virginia)
U. S. Scouting Service Project FTP Site Administrator (PC Area)
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