Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection Guidelines.
Dean Hayes (dhayes@SNOVALLEY.COM)
Tue, 12 Aug 1997 23:56:02 -0700
I sent this originally about 3 days ago and never saw the message appear
on the list. Sorry if this is a duplicate posting.
Did we break the rules (probably)? How badly? What would you have done in
a similiar situation?
Our troop was at camp during the last week of July.
Tuesday evening, one of my scouts, on the way to the swimming pool to play
in the Guerilla Ball tournament, fell and broke his ankle.
We got him over to the camp's medical lodge by means of two person carry,
use of a folding chair and finally, getting a stretcher from the medic.
(This scout is rather stout.) The medic said that it looked like a bad
sprain, but you couldn't really tell without an X-ray.
The nearest telephone to the camp is 16 miles away, The nearest hospital
is 60 miles. Given the late hour of the day, we kept the scout as
comfortable as we could overnight with the plan of transporting him home
the next day.
The troop had 3 adults in camp, one of which had to leave on Wednesday
anyway for work related reasons. As a group, we decided that it would be
best to have him take the scout home.
Being the stickler for the rules that I am (My wife refers to this habit as
being anal retentive), I pointed out to all of the adults involved that
this decision would cause a 1:1 adult/scout ratio and violate the youth
protection guidelines. We decided that this was an emergency and was the
On Wednesday, the leader drove to the nearest telephone and called the
scout's parents to let them know what happened and got him home early
enough so that the parents could take the scout to their doctor. At this
point we found out that the ankle was indeed broken.
Call the scouts parents and have them drive for 3 hours to come pick
up their son and drive 3 hours to get him home. This is what we
would have done if we didn't have 3 adults in camp.
Call for an ambulance. Would insurance over this? Who's?, etc.
I await a sprited discussion over this issue.
Dean Hayes, Scoutmaster
Troop 491, Snoqualmie, WA
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