Re: New Rules for Local Tour Permits?
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 20 Aug 1998 22:14:32 -0400
Bob and all,
I don't know if NCAC tour permit forms are the same as other permit
forms, but in the NCAC a tour permit is required if 1) the activity
involves an overnight stay; 2) if you are traveling more than 50 miles
from your chartered organization; or 3) if an aquatics activity is
involved. You others from NCAC will, no doubt, correct me if I am in
error, but I think these are the three tests (relying on my imperfect
memory at 10 at night after a long day at the office). Thus, a cookout
at a parent's house wouldn't normally require a tour permit in the NCAC.
HOWEVER, some units file them for every single activity anyway, just to
be on the safe side. I don't think this is a bad practice, but I will
say that there have been troop outings where I haven't filed a tour
permit--although anytimne we engage in an activity that meets one of the
tests calling for one L(see above) I always file.
Thus, like most everything else in scouting, sometimes you have to make a
judgment call. I wouldn't worry about it, in other words, if it simply
involved a cookout at some parent's house instead of a regular troop
meting. One more caveat--if your council requires you to file a permit
for every single activity, then you better do so.
Peter Farnham (and a good old Beaver, Too)
SM, Troop 113
Colonial District, NCAC
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