Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Youth Protection - What's the straight word?
Re: Youth Protection - What's the straight word?
Thu, 2 Dec 1999 21:30:16 EST
In a message dated 12/2/1999 6:45:31 AM Central Standard Time,
<< Most child abuse happens in areas that children are familiar with. >>
I think you're missing the distinction between two-deep & no one-on-one. No
one-on-one (an adult must always have at least one other person present when
in the company of a youth) is to prevent child abuse (& false accusations of
same). Two deep leadership (at least 2 adults present at certain specified
functions) is to insure at least one adult available in any situation that
may arise: i.e. Timmy Tenderfoot plays "split the shin" while working on his
axe skills. SM Sam grabs Eddie Eagle to cover the no one-on-one, & for 1st
aid help, ands hies to the nearest assistance. Without SA Adam present to
supervise the youth, this process is slowed by the need to break camp & haul
the whole durn troop along to the emergency room/ranger station/where ever.
At the regular meeting place, first aid would be administered in place while
the ambulance came, Timmy's parents were called, etc. Do I prefer two deep
for a troop meeting? Sure, if only for crowd control. Would I cancel a
meeting for lack of a 2nd leader? No.
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 69
Burr Ridge, IL
a good old Eagle, too
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