Re: Guide to Safe Scouting?
Brad W. Bodoh (bwb@NORTHNET.NET)
Tue, 6 May 1997 22:07:01 -0500
At 08:56 AM 5/5/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Ok wise and wonderful group, help me with this one.
>Four Scouts are given permission to play in a creek at the council camp
>after a long day of inter-patrol competition at our Spring Camporee.
>One Scout ends up in the lake swimming, I know he broke every rule in the
>"Guide" and Swim Defense book and he will be delt with accordingly.
>The other three went into the water up to their knees, give or take an inch
>or two depending on who tells the story. Total time in the water was less
>than one minute and the three were never over ten feet from shore. The
>water was clear, they commented about seeing their feet on the bottom. They
>were seen across the lake by an ASM and charged with breaking the Guide to
>safe scouting rules and sent home from the camporee.
>Did they break a rule? If so which?
>>Ask on the list and find someone with training. I'm a certified Aquatics
instructor BSA and have server for two years as Aquatics Director at a
Summer Camp. The most correct answer to this question is whoever gave the
boys permission to go in the water broke every BSA aquatics rule dealing
with swimming. I must agree with Mr. Arend that being sent home was more
than punishment enough for the boys. It is our responsibility as adults to
make sure that things never happen. This may seen like a very minor
incedent to some but one goes into the records of the few times that the BSA
has lost scouts to drowning most have happened in very similar situations.
Whoever the adult is who gave them permission needs to be taught the Safe
Swim Defense plan and why we have it. It works every time it is used
properly. One boy lost is too many. The boys were in the water because
they had permission, it was not their fault it was the adult. As far as BSA
policy is concerned it does not matter how deep the water is or how far they
go in, if it is not a mud puddle the eight points of the Safe Swim need to
be followed. One more comment before I stop preaching. If the Safe Swim is
followed exactly the and something happens the BSA and all it's lawyers will
be their to defend the Troop, it's Leaders, and anyone else involved from
liability because they will be defending their policy. If even one rule is
slightly bent you will be on your own. I hope this helps.
Yours in scouting,
Brad W. Bodoh
PS. If anyone has any questions relating to scouting aquatics that they
can't get answers for or are just unclear on I would be more than happy to
help. If I don't know the answer I'll find someone who does.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City