Re: BSA Physical Dilemma
John T. Peeples (john.peeples@STJUDE.ORG)
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 10:28:49 -0500
Regarding the 36 -vs- 12 month time frame for BSA physicals, it is my
understandig that in most cases this is determined by state law. Here in
the Chickasaw Council we operate two Council Summer Camps, one at Camp
Tallaha in Mississippi and another at the Kia Kima Scout Reservation in
Arkansas. Arkansas health regulations require an exam within 12 months of
attending camp and Mississippi laws have the 36 month time frame; our
Council policy is different at each camp in keeping with their state laws.
I've seen this issue in several other BSA "policies" related to health and
safety. A few years ago the local tour permit stated that a Commercial
Driver's license was required by BSA for anyone driving a vehicle that
carried 15 or more passengers, I don't have a CDL but do drive a 15
passenger Church van and was told I was in violation of BSA policy.
However when I checked with the State of Arkansas I was told that our
state law on CDL was for *more than 15* not *15 or more* and that my
regular license was okay (in fact the State would not even consider a CDL
in my case). The latest version of the tour permit now has the "more than
15" clause in it, which I think is now the national standard for CDLs.
A similar issue has been raised regarding insurance requirements - there's
that clause that requires a personal vehicle to meet state requirements or
at least the BSA minimums; its difficult to ask a leader or parent to
carry more insurance than is required by state law, although, many (if not
most) I know do exceed the minimums.
just a couple of cents worth...
John T. Peeples, Scoutmaster Troop / Pack 231
First Presbyterian Church, West Memphis, Arkansas
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