Re: We'd like to canoe on a pond with Cubs
Bob Knudson (rknudson@DU.EDU)
Wed, 16 Jul 1997 19:22:38 -0000
>>What do we need to do to rowboat or canoe on a pond with Cubs?
>First get a copy of "Guide to Safe Scouting" from the council office. It
>tells you what is required and what is not permitted. Cubs are limited
>to council/district events on flat water or controlled lake areas free
>of power/sail boats. You did not mention if this was a council/district
>event of just your pack. If just your pack, you are not permitted to
This restriction is really frustrating to those of us who want to conduct
an interesting outdoor program, but I accept it as a condition of having
the deep pocket of BSA insurance. So if the families of your den really
want to canoe (outside of a district or council event), then you'll have
to do it as a non-sanctioned event - i.e. the pack or den is not doing
it, just a group of families. You are therefore ON YOUR OWN with respect
to deep pocket insurance - and be sure not to bring the scouting name
into your event.
For your good common sense reasons, you should probably comply with the
rest of the elements of safety afloat - check people's health condition
and swimming ability, require PFDs, and a swimming adult should be in the
canoe with each child.
Same restrictions applies if your pack (excuse me, group of families),
like ours this weekend, wants to go camping outside a BSA-owned camping
facility (Webelos excepted, of course).
You might want to check with your DE or council to see if they've made
any local changes/interpretations to the canoe policy. Some do, and some
BTW, I checked with my council on the above interpretation of issues.
They told us to have fun camping, but just don't call it a scouting
event. Next year, to avoid the issue and distraction, I'll book camping
space at a council facility if I can.
YIS, Bob Knudson
CM, Pack 528 SA, Troop 476
Sierra Elementary School Zerger Elementary
Arvada, CO Westminster, CO
Gateway District, Denver Area Council
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