Re: Snowmobiling and Leave No Trace
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Fri, 6 Feb 1998 19:52:09 -0600
Our troop has done snowmobiling as part of our outdoor program. We have
never had an injury involving snowmobiles.
We do quite a bit of bicycling as well. I am more concerned for safety
when on bicycle trips than on snowmobile trips.
All of our Scouts have been through a certified course in snowmobile
safety and are closely supervised. We ride on trails dedicated to
snowmobiling in northern Wisconsin.
The dangers of bicycling comes from motorists who share the highway. It
is true a bicycle can only go as fast as you can pedal it, but the speed
of the bicycle is irrelevent to the speed and size of the car or truck
that hits you.
We still do plenty of bicycling, over 2,000 miles ridden in the past 3 years.
The point is that all activities carry an element of risk and as Scouters
we must take every precaution to ensure a safe and meaningful experience
for our Scouts, regardless of the activity.
Snowmobiling is allowed as an activity by the Boy Scouts of America.
That was the question of the original post. Whether the safety issue
for your Scouts will determine whether you participate is something that
needs to be addressed by your unit committee.
If you let the boys run wild with anything, you are guilty of
negligence. That's true for firebuilding, wood tools, snowmobiles,
canoeing, bicycling, motorboating, rock climbing, skiing, horseback riding,
etc, etc, etc. You can find horror stories in any of the above activities.
Reduce the risks by proper training and supervision in a safe environment.
Keep it simple, make it fun, make it safe.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City