Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: 2 Deep in the Car
Re: 2 Deep in the Car
Blaine S Nay
Mon, 15 Feb 1999 14:01:59 -0800
On Sun, 14 Feb 1999 19:20:28 -0500 The Gillams <howlers@INTELIPORT.COM>
>Heard at Roundtable that there is to be two-deep leadership in
>vehicles during Scout outings . This makes logical sense but is this
>the case. I had never thought about it that way.
>The question is:
>Is there to be 2 deep leadership in vehicles too?
This two-deep policy has been misintrerpreted, even severly distorted in
some areas. Some interpretations can easily make Scouting unworkable.
To require two-deep leadership in a vehicle could very quickly raise the
number of required adults to an impossible number! Just have at least
two boys in each car with the adult driver.
Two-deep is needed on OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES for a couple of reasons:
1 - prevention of child abuse and allegations thereof
2 - back-up adult supervision in case of emergency
In many other Scouting situations two adults are not required, such as a
merit badge counselor working with Scouts. In these cases, the second
adult is not neccesarily needed for rule #2 above. Hower, the Scout and
leader still need the protection of rule #1. Therefore, we want the
merit badge counselor to work with at least two Scouts at a time OR have
another adult present.
We just don;t want adults to be alone with Scouts. The only case where a
boy can be alone with an adult is if they're parent-child.
Blaine Nay, NL7EL, Silverdale, WA, USA
Scouting for some 35 years...and a good ol' buffalo too!