Jason A. Cruse (jcruse@NEMONET.COM)
Wed, 5 Nov 1997 18:31:01 -0600
The best source for fine points of youth protection is your DE, or, if he
is a moron, then the Program Director or Field Director at the scout
office. I was surprised to see Paul's response that husband and wife teams
CAN count as two-deep since in the council where I was trained, Denver Area
Council, there is a prohibition on husbands and wives counting as two (the
theory: if something happened, one would like and the other swear to it).
Each council may, and can, make stricter interpretations of youth
protection as they see fit. Denver has also adopted very regimented "Safe
Haven" program (full-blown program, beyond the ideal the National Office
provides) which leaves no room for interpretation on such issues as patrol
activities and when two deep is required. My new council, Great Rivers,
has a very basic two-deep policy--nothing very structured, nor does anyone
seem real concerned. Part of this probably comes of the demographics of
the councils: DAC is, as you can guess, primarily a large, gang-ridden
city. Great Rivers largest city is barely 50,000; 70,000 is Mizzou is in
session. No other city over 25,000. Very different problems, different
local interpretations and applications for rules.
In my troop, I use the DAC rule--my wife is on the committee and does go
camping, but does not count in the two-deep if I am there also. We ALWAYS
have another. This is to protect us as much as anything else.
"There are no points for second place."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City