Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Venturing Dating
W. Scott Smith
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 08:44:05 -0500
>>Do you know what the rules are concerning dating between an Explorer >>who
is over 21 and one who is between 18 and 21?
I don't know the current rules for Explorers, but I'll assume you meant
Venturing Leader Manual, pp 304:
"Fraternization Policy. The Boy Scouts of America does not condone and will
not permit fraternization between Venturers and adult leaders or other
affiliated adults. This policy applies to all youth members regardless of
local or state laws related to age of consent. Fraternization is not morally
appropriate, nor in keeping with the relationship between youth members and
adult leaders prescribed in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America"
The definition of a youth in Venturing is one who is under the age of 21,
regardless of Youth Protection Guidelines which place a youth at under 18.
This policy puts me in a personal dilema, as my girlfriend is 20 (I'm 23)
and she wold really like to join our crew. No one in the crew has a problem
with it, but I'm steerring away from the situation due to my national
At any rate, that's what the book says, so we've gotta go with it.
National Outdoor Venturing Committee