Re: Guide to Safe Scouting
Mark Wright (wrightmd@ROANOKE.INFI.NET)
Mon, 18 Aug 1997 16:08:08 -0400
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Rick L. Covington wrote:
> Hello Scouters,
> 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.
> Any comments.
> Rick Covington
> Circle Ten Council
> Dallas, Texas
Not having a copy of the Guide to Safe Scouting handy here, I looked in
Scoutmaster Handbook (pg 130-134.)
First, every Scout should pass a swim test *prior* to taking part in the
event. I realize that they may very well have just done this at camp,
but it wouldn't hurt to do it again, and very well may help to cover
your backside in the event that something unfortunate happens.
Secondly, according to "Safety Afloat," you must have a "responsible
adult" who must supervise all activity afloat. This person *must* be
"experienced and qualified in water safety (BSA Lifeguard, Red Cross
lifeguard training, or YMCA Senior Lifesaver.)" You must have a minimum
of two adults, but also must have one adult per every 10 Scouts. These
adults are to be "supervisors," not just parents along for the trip. As
such, they all must have completed BSA Safety Afloat, and Safe Swim
Defense training, and at least one of them must be CPR certified.
I looked up "unauthorized activities" in the glossary of the Explorer
Leader Handbook. Included there was a reference to "motorized speed
events." Under that heading is the following:
"Motorized speed events with potential hazard for participants,
including motorcycle, BOAT (emphasis mine), drag racing, . . . and
related events, are unauthorized and restricted by the BSA."
This could *certainly* be extended to a prohibition against an organized
use of jet skis and motorboats. If you have any questions about that, I
suggest that you contact your DE or Unit Commissioner. Put the blame on
them if the boys or parents complain.
Good luck, and have fun,
ASM Troop 136
CC Pack 584
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