Explorers camping with Troops
Phil Johnson (pjohnson@WF.NET)
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 08:39:14 -0500
A question has come up over the last few months in our Troop. In short =
I need the expert advice of this group of people on Scouts-L .
On our last three monthly campouts, an Explorer scout has joined our =
Troop in the outings. The Explorer scout's parents are both Assistant =
Scout Masters with our Troop, and has a little brother in the Troop. My =
question to this group; can an Explorer scout go on outings with a Boy =
Scout Troop and be covered under BSA's insurance. Oh, by the way, the =
Explorer scout is a 14 year old female.
After returning from our last campout at Quartz Mountain State Park, =
near Altus, OK, several parents became concerned that our Troop was =
allowing a girl to go camping with their sons. One parent when so far =
as to call the Council office to voice a complaint, and to ask what BSA =
policy was concerning this issue. Our DE called me on Monday afternoon, =
and asked me what had happened. The DE said that he had called =
National, and was told that under no circumstances, should a girl go =
camping with the Troop. The DE did not give reference to any official =
policy, just verbal _advice_. I guess that is my biggest question I =
pose to the group, what is _official BSA policy_ concerning this matter.
After returning from the campout, of which I was the leader in charge, I =
thought of a couple of things I should have done differently, assuming =
the girl Explorer scout is allowed to attend Troop campouts.
1. Her parents, both of whom were in attendance as leaders on the =
trip, allowed their daughter to explore the State Park, without a buddy. =
In retrospect, I should have insisted that either mom or dad be their =
daughters buddy at all times. I should have made sure that she followed =
the buddy system, just as the boys in the Troop did.
2. She set up her own tent and slept by herself. Again, I should have =
insisted that she have a tent buddy, most likely her mother.
I have read and re-read the Guide to Safe Scouting, and find no =
reference to this matter, other than to the guidelines of who can go =
As we are having a committee meeting tonight, I would appreciate any =
responses by private e-mail. (I have the list server set to digest, and =
will not receive any postings to the list until the morning)
My gut feeling is that she should not be allowed to go camping with the =
Troop. BUT, I would feel more comfortable if I had something in writing =
from official policy that I could "hang my hat on." So far, I believe =
all I have received is personal opinions. I need the facts.
Thanks in advance. I appreciate your help with this question.
Assistant Scout Master
Iowa Park, TX
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