Re: Sheath Knives (was yet more on the whole Jere Ratcliffe thing)
The Wizard (wizard@ANTARES.CANISIUS.EDU)
Thu, 8 May 1997 12:28:35 EDT
We had a boy bring an impressive sheath knife to summer camp last year. He
was going for his Wilderness Survival merit badge and felt it was appropriate.
While pre-checking the boys' packs the counselor found the knife and freaked.
To make matters worse, the next day during morning announcements the Camp
Commissioner made a big deal about it, brandishing the knife and asking the
Scout that owned it to step forward. As luck would have it, he was off
working on some other merit badge so he was spared the public humiliation
they had planned for him.
As for us, we reserved judgement since we were not sure of the actual rules
regarding such knives. We let the Scout know that we didn't think it was
such a great idea to have it, especially since we didn't know about it
beforehand, but let him know that we would research it for him. Well, we did
and we found the aforementioned section of the Guide To Safe Scouting as
well as a similar reference in the Fieldbook. So, the Scout was off the hook
since he didn't actually break any BSA rules. I will check with the summer
camp beforehand to see if they have any other camp specific rules that we
need to know about to avoid having something similar happen again.
While we are discussing the Guide to Safe Scouting, here is a question for
the group. Motorized carts (go carts) are a non-approved Scout function.
There are a few go-kart establishments in our area and the Scouts would love
to have a field trip to one of them but we denied their request based on the
Guide. However, an event that we did approve is a trip to a local amusement
park. It is a fairly large place with a LOT of attractions. We went last
year and had a great time. However, one of the attractions is, you guessed it,
a go-kart track... There is an additional charge to use it so only a few of
our Scouts could afford it last year, but use it they did because we weren't
as familiar with the GTSS as we are now. So now the Scouts want to know if
they can use it again this year. Can they? I am on the fence about it. The
go-kart track isn't the main attraction of the park nor the focus of our trip.
Once at the park the Scouts are pretty much on their own provided they stick
to the buddy system and meet at designated times/locations a couple of times
during the day. Do we have to forbid them from using that attraction?
Knowing that boys will be boys, would we need to post a look out to make sure
they didn't try to break the rule? Is the GTSS really just that, a "guide" or
hard and fast rules?
ASM, Troop 108
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City