Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: YP--a hypothetical
Re: YP--a hypothetical
Fri, 10 Dec 1999 09:44:46 -0500
I believe that the intent of the BSA Youth Protection is to provide two deep
leadership at all activities where youth are involved, however the actual
written policy doesn't specifically state meetings but just trips and
outings! It does cover when meeting one on one with a child during meetings
There is a large number that will say that you never have to have two adults
at any meeting and point to the wording of the G2SS as proof that you don't
have to. I contend that its intent is that you must.
In your example all of the children have arrived and their parents have
gone. The last to show up is the assistant's child with no assistant.
Since all are already at the meeting, adults have disappeared, and you have
no available means of communication with the adults you really don't have
much choice but to continue on with the meeting. However in the future you
should have the first arriving child's parent remain until the assistant
arrives that way 2 deep leadership will be maintained. A non registered
adult (over 21) will qualify. Since it appears that you are losing your
assistant I would have at least 1 parent stay for your meetings.
In my Webelos den this is not usually an issue because *all* of my parents
stay at each den meeting <G>. On occasion a parent will drop off a child and
run an errand during the meeting, but that is the exception and not the
rule. I always plan my activities to include the parents and rely on them to
help conduct activates.
Hope this helps!