Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Two-Deep Leadership
Re: Two-Deep Leadership
Paul S. Wolf
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 09:08:58 -0400
Sean Scott wrote:
> We were told in our training that two deep was required at any Cub
> Scout function where adults and Cubs were present. This was
> specifically answered for our CC, as we have a Den Leader who was
> having his meetings in a treehouse, alone with his boys.
Then you were given INCORRECT information.
TWO-DEEP leadership applies ONLY to trips and Outings.
YOUTH PROTECTION applies all the time.
TWO-DEEP says there must be 2 adults present for trips and outing.
YOUTH PROTECTION says that an adult must never be alone with a single
Scout, not his/her son, at any time.
The Den Meeting would have been fine.
Source: Guide to Safe Scouting (34416B)
Leadership Requirements for Trips and Outings
1. Two-deep leadership:
Two registered adult leaders, or one adult and a parent of a
participating Scout, one of whom must be at least 21 years
of age or older, are required for all trips or outings. There
are a few instances such as patrol activities, when no adult
leadership is required. Coed overnight activities require
male and female adult leaders, both of whom must be 21
years of age or older.
Source: Youth Protection Guidelines - Questions and Answers
Barriers to Abuse Within Scouting
The BSA has adopted the following policies to provide additional
security for our members. These policies are primarily for the
protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to
protect our adult leaders from false accusations of abuse.
Two-deep leadership. Two registered adult leaders or one
registered leader and a parent of a participant, one of whom
must be 21 years of age or older, are required on all trips and
outings. The chartered organization is responsible for ensuring
that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities.
No one-on-one contact. One-on-one contact between adults
and youth members is not permitted. In situations that require
personal conferences, such as a Scoutmaster's conference, the
meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults and youths.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org