Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: YP
Fri, 10 Dec 1999 09:42:17 -0800
Let's not get too hung up on the specific wording of Youth Protection
regulations (which are written somewhat vaguely anyway), since it would be
impossible to write any type of regulation which covers every possible
situation. Let's focus our attention of the PURPOSE of YP - to keep our
kids safe and, secondarily, to keep ourselves safe from false accusations.
I would add a third purpose: let's be sure that we don't go so deep into
technical interpretations that the program suffers.
A dose of common sense goes a long way to meeting these purposes. Two
deep adult leadership is essential, for example, when there is a possibility
that one leader might have to deal with an emergency (e.g. rockclimbing) or
when the youth will be separated beyond the ability of one person to
supervise (e.g. patrol camping) and I don't think any of us would be naive
enough to think otherwise. In fact, I don't think too many of us would even
be naive enough to try something like rockclimbing or wilderness canoing
with ONLY two adults.
In other circumstances (e.g. a webelos den meeting in a church to work on
the artist pin) the purposes of YP are fully met with only one adult as long
as the "never one-on-one" rule is observed.
There are also instances when insistance on two-deep adult leadership can
be carried too far and harm the delivery of the scouting program. I have
been told of a troop which quit doing any activities because they didn't
have enough parents to have two adults in EACH car when they drove to
campouts etc., and I was involved in an incident a couple of years ago when
a Cub Camp Director refused to let the Webelos go swimming because we didn't
have two adults in each car to drive them the three miles to the new camp
with the pool (we went anyway with only one adult and a bunch of kids per
car). A different director at the same camp tried to require that each
group of boys walking from activity to activity (a couple of hundred yards
at the most, in full view of dozens of people) have two adults per group, so
the boys sat on their rear ends while adults shuttled back and forth.
The key is common sense. We should do whatever is necessary to protect
our kids and ourselves, but we need to be vigilant against people to whom
regulations are more important than the kids.
Troop 6 and Pack 6