Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Youth Protection - What's the straight word?
Re: Youth Protection - What's the straight word?
Tue, 30 Nov 1999 21:16:13 CDT
Neil Lupton wrote and asked us:
>"To what aspects of the program does Two Deep (Adult) Leadership apply as a
>matter of rule and policy?"
>Is it outings and trips only or does it include meetings?
As far as *current National policy* is concerned, Neil, "two deep" only
applies to outings, activities (local, regional, national) and tours/trips.
There *is* some discussion (LOTS of discussion!) about extending "two deep"
to also pertain to weekly and monthly meetings of Packs, Troops, Teams,
Crews and Ships. This is partly being done as a youth protection measure
and partly as a leadership/service measure.
>So I ask all listmembers, do you know of any place IN WRITING, where it says
>that Two Deep Leadership pertains to meetings. I am not talking about
>opinions, or whether it is a good idea (of course it is.) And I am not
>talking about local council policies. But rather what the official written
>rules and policies of the BSA require.
There is none *currently*, Neil. I've had "backbriefs" from five
professionals (including a conversation with one this evening at work), all
whom have stated that the recent PEI (Professional Executive Institute, the
professionals' "basic training in three parts") emphasized a lot more about
the idea of "dual leadership" or "group leadership" -- a discussion we had
here about three years back with regard to Exploring co-ed adult leadership
on outings and events. "Group" leadership is aimed at strengthening the
basics of adult leadership: for every primary Scouter there should be at
least two others. This maintains the ability of the unit to survive and
also enhances the number of registered adult leaders.
>Of course, this could be a relatively recent change. But even then, I would
>expect there would have been a letter laying out the new rules and policies.
Not always, Neil. This will have to "play in Peoria." Right now, new
professionals are being taught the "innerts" of the idea....if those
professionals (and those volunteers whom will in most likelyhood be taught
this concept at Philmont this coming summer) teaches and "makes it policy"
in their Districts...and its effective...then a policy can be crafted which
will work uniformly everywhere.
I expect the revision to be made, but not purely because of youth protection
reasons. It sounds great, but in many small communities, getting two adults
at a Den meeting can be really, really rough to work out. In a Troop
setting, I don't see a problem...but with a Den or small Crew, I can see
some potential problems.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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