Dan OCanna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Tue, 6 May 1997 09:42:54 -0400
>Four Scouts are given permission to play in a creek ... One Scout ends up
>in the lake swimming ... They were seen across the lake by an ASM and
>charged with breaking the Guide to safe scouting rules and sent home from
OK here's the "Dan take" on the situation. This may not be what I'd have
said at the time, but after taking a peek at the Guide to Safe Scouting's
Aquatics Safety section and a bit of reflection, IMNSHO the guilty parties
(in descending order) are:
1. The leader who gave the boys permission to enter the water unsupervised.
I've been guilty of the same thing myself, but I now know better.
My current rule is any water that can drown a youth or adult should
be considered to fall under the Guide.
2. The swimmer. His violation of the Guide and Scout Law are obvious.
3. The swimmer's buddies. You are responsible for your buddies' actions.
Particularly when in/on the water.
Given the situation as described I certanily feel that the ASM who "busted"
the four Scouts acted properly (tho, I'll bet his were unpopular actions
I've never been involved in an emergency situation involving water safety
in, or out, of Scouting. I certainly hope to minimize the chances of
being in that position by applying the first and last rules of Safe Swim
Defense. Those would, of course, be adult supervision and dicipline.
Yours in the spirit of (safe) Scouting
Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City