Permission/Release/Hold Harmless Forms
Jim Peterson (kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU)
Wed, 16 Sep 1998 19:30:05 +0100
In response to the "permission slip" posting, Anthony Mako replied:
>It appears that you are confusing a Permission Slip with a legal release.
>While a permission slip is good to have so that you know a Scout's parents
>are aware of the activity and its location, it doesn't release you or the
>troop from any form of liability. A legal release, on the other hand, may
>have a lot of legalese in it that supposedly releases you from liability,
>but I'm not thoroughly convinced they do. At the most a legal release would
>only delay the inevitable.
Anthony raises a good point and one that we might spend some e-time on. I
know that many legal issues have been discussed here but has the topic of a
"hold harmless" agreement been talked about? I remember when Camp Bartle
offered Horsemanship MB, scouts had to have a hold harmless agreement
signed by the parent/guardian before going to camp. Supposedly, the
document stated that the scout and parents understood that there were
inherent dangers in riding a horse and that they agreed not to hold the
council OR the stables that offered the equipment and horses liable in case
of accident. Can any of you "powdered wig scouters" out there shed any
light on this issue? Exactly what forms should units require both for
registration and for specific events? I know that parents sign the
application which on the back supposedly gives the unit leaders POA for
medical treatment. Our troop requires a notorized POA each year. We send
out permission forms for each campout/event. Is this enough? What else can
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