Re: Guide to Safe Scouting
Rick Cordray (rickc@IMAGE-TECH.COM)
Mon, 18 Aug 1997 22:46:52 -0700
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 09:08:07 -0500
From: "Rick L. Covington" <RCOVINGT@CCMAIL.DSCCC.COM>
Subject: Guide to Safe Scouting
Need some help.
What are the regulations on a troop's use of jet skis, motor boats, sailing
boats and canoes. Our troop is planning to have an aquatics weekend and
would like to do it right.
Many of the parents mean well, but are unaware of the B.S.A. regulations
of governing the scouts use the above equipment.
Circle Ten Council
Your subject line says it all. (Was this a trick question?). See the
"Aquatics Safety" chapter in "Guide to Safe Scouting", BSA # 34411.
Here's the key paragraph: "Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion,
expedition, or trip on the water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat,
rowboat, tube, or other craft), adult leaders for such activity must
complete Safety Afloat Training, No. 34159, have a commitment card, No.
34242, with them, and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points
of Safety Afloat."
If your parents mean well, then it shouldn't be hard to remind them of the
facts of BSA life - there are some policies and procedures you just don't
cut corners on. They need to get trained. It's not just a matter of the
being sure that the scouts know how to use the equipment - if you don't
have enough trained and certified adult leaders for an aquatics activity,
you don't go.
I'm glad you asked this. Our troop has 3 crews going to Florida SeaBase
next April for sailing and scuba. Time to get our training program
Yours in safe Scouting,
Committee Chair, Troop 573
Eagle Advancement Coordinator, North Lakes District
Chief Seattle Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City