Re: Youth Protection
Joe Wallace (mcwallis@PULLMAN.COM)
Fri, 13 Sep 1996 01:09:40 -0700
Bruce E. Cobern
>Define a scouting activity... driving a car full of scouts is an scout
>activity..as is merit badge couseling, etc...etc...
>When we car pool on activites we are in a caravan and no one stops on their
>own, we often drive one adult to a car but no car goes off by itself..this
>way no adult is never alone with the scouts out of site of others...
>Maybe this will help.
I believe in past postings a consensus emerged that BSA policy forbid
caravaning of vehicles
Even if it did not the problem of one adult driver and 2 or more scouts
comes up most frequently in our area when order of arrow activities occur.
This weekend I am driving two OA members from out troop to our section
conclave 260 miles from here. Other smaller troops will have further to
drive. I am doing this in the firm belief that I am following BSA policy,
because the activity we are attending(the conclave) will have plenty of
adults present and a tour permit was filed with the council office. This is
the first time scouts from our troop will have attended a Conclave in six
years. I am hopeful their experiences will create increased participation.
The consolidation of Councils and the corresponding expansion in Lodge
size(geographic area) continue to make participation by youths difficult.
Attending lodge functions would be even more difficult if OA youth members
were required to find two adults ( willing to go to functions that
discourage adult participation) for every one or two scouts able to go.
Typically it's the adult with the Geo who can go, not the one with the
Suburban, the adult with the Suburban will loan you his/her kid for the
weekend but not the Suburban<grin>.
-It often seems the "game of scouting" is interpreting the rules of scouting,
but we are going to have a blast at the conclave. -
Joe Wallace,CC T444, Pullman WA
W-CS-28 "Beef"alo Joe
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