Cub Scout Canoe Trip
Michael Gleim (mike@MGLEIM.COM)
Tue, 8 Sep 1998 10:48:48 -0700
>>I have a problem and it is not with just one unit. As of today 9/1/98 I
know of 3 Cub Scout Packs who are planning some type of Canoe trip for the
I've had the same sort of problem with Cub Scout backpacking (albeit short,
local, backpack trips). I did as you did, after informing my DC. Showed the
Pack leaders the Safe Scouting Guide, reminded them of the Ages and Stages
video, and let them know that without a Tour Permit (which would NOT be
approved) they weren't covered by the Scout insurance. They still went.
The problem is that many people get involved in Scouting (especially here in
the Big City) in order to expose their kids to outdoor activities. Even when
the kids are Cubs. So long as the parents know that they are participating
in a non-Scouting sanctioned activity, and so long as the Council doesn't OK
a Tour Permit for the event, I don't know what can be done.
I don't think we want to revoke a unit's charter for such activities, but
between that and denial of insurance coverage, there doesn't seem to be any
sanction other than moral suasion.
Mike Gleim, UC
Golden Gate District, San Francisco Bay Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City