Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: help with laser tag
Re: help with laser tag
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 20:03:03 EST
The only problem that you need to be aware of when planning outings "outside
the troop" is that in the eyes of the participants OR onlookers it may still
be viewed as a Scout outing.
As long as there are youth and adults that are definitely not affiliated with
Scouting included and as long as only a handful of the troop participates,
you might be able to pull it off.
However, if the majority of the troop participates AND no outsiders, whether
or not this is an official troop function is a matter of perception, and
unfortunately, as long as it is perceived as a scout outing -- even if this
is only by a handful of parties -- then it is still legally (and let's face
it, morally) a scout outing. It if looks like a duck, smells like a duck and
walks like a duck, people will easily mistake it for a duck and call it such.
(So might a jury if injury resulted in a lawsuit.)
I personally would not want to take such a risk. I may just be paranoid -- I
am a paralegal -- but I always prefer to err on the side of caution.