Re: Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection Guidelines.
James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Thu, 14 Aug 1997 23:24:45 -0400
> From: GG Jenner <sdj@WHY.NET>
> Date: Thursday, August 14, 1997 16:25 PM
> One method of providing transport of two boys out when only one is
> back is to make the second boy your own son. If you have
> you drive this covers YPGuidlines and if your own son is well
> first aid he can help in caring for the injured person while you
> mind on the road.
When one is faced with an emergency situation, one must use his BRAIN
and assess the situation, make a decision and take action. We can
easily point to a written policy (or GUIDELINE) and beat it to death.
The amazing thing is, the human has the ability to think through a
situation while a piece of paper does not. Let's not overkill the
aim and purpose of our guidelines.
This is known as RISK ASSESSMENT. Many corporations, as well as the
military, teach some form of this to their mangers, supervisors and
workers. Using the risk assessment model, you can determine the best
course of action.
If that means temporarily suspending some rule, such as a YPT
GUIDELINE, then so be it. Remember, YPT is a GUIDELINE. And
sometimes a situation dictates a departure from the guideline. I
know the original full length YPT video and printed materials hit on
this lightly, but it is something that should be addressed by
professional staff and volunteer trainers.
Certainly, an assessment for convenience sake is inappropriate. but
a true RISK assessment is acceptable, I think.
I refer to MY set of rules for safe Scouting (unofficial, not in the
books, simply in my brain):
(1) If it's safe, legal, moral, ethical and in the Scout's best
interest, you are most likely OK.
(2) Use YOUR brain, no one else is!
YIS, Jim Sheckels - I used to be a Bobwhite SE 308-7; 1SG,US
3501 Farm Circle Road Fayetteville, NC 28306-8303 (910)
CM P-742, CC T-742, Hope Mills, NC Nat'l Assn of United Methodist
District Advancement Committee, Assistant Council Commissioner
Kia Kima District, Occoneechee Council #421/Lodge
Scouting IS NOT an exact science, so use your brain - no one else is!
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