Re: Cub Scouts and Boats
Randy Moyers 1355 6051 (moyersrl@PLHP002.COMM.MOT.COM)
Thu, 3 Apr 1997 15:52:36 -0500
See The Guide to Safe Scouting, Sec. II Aquatics Safety, Safety Afloat. There
are a lot of conditions (too many to list here) to be met before the activity
is allowed by BSA. The biggest issues are:
- a ratio of 1 adult certified in Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense per 5
cubs. This adult must be EXPERIENCED and QUALIFIED in the particular
skills and equipment involved in the activity and he/she ACCEPTS
FOR THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF THE CUBS (emphasis mine).
- All cubs must be certified as Swimmers in order to participate.(the
certification criteria are listed in the Guide).
BSA also recommends a BSA certified Lifeguard be present. The rules are pretty
stringent, and I think that because of that many packs decide to not
participate in boating activities. This might be why your friend is under the
impression it is prohibited. It might be alright for the parents to boat with
their sons as a parent-child activity as long as it is made clear that they
boating as a family activity and not as part of the BSA program. Perhaps
on the list could clarify this point?
On Apr 3, 12:41pm, Gary Burkhardt wrote:
> Subject: Cub Scouts and Boats
> A friend of mine said she was told that there is a prohibition against
> allowing Cub Scouts in rowboats on a Cub-Parent weekend at a Scout Camp.
> She could not find anything written regarding this. Does anyone have the
> information on what is allowed for Cub Scouts?
>-- End of excerpt from Gary Burkhardt
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City