Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: help with laser tag
Re: help with laser tag
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 22:32:54 -0000
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From: Katherine Coates
> However, if the majority of the troop participates AND no outsiders,
> or not this is an official troop function is a matter of perception,
> unfortunately, as long as it is perceived as a scout outing -- even
> is only by a handful of parties -- then it is still legally (and
> it, morally) a scout outing. It if looks like a duck, smells like a
> walks like a duck, people will easily mistake it for a duck and call
> (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.
I had a Girl Scout Troop of Cadettes and Seniors. I was also the High
Adventure Post Advisor. We met once a week for both. When we were
Girl Scouts...we worked on Gold and Silver Awards; When we were
Explorers we did Scouting stuff...and when we were Kipling UMC...we
were the Church Group. All the same suspects. I was clear to all,
which "hat" we were wearing for which activity. There was always a
"paper trail"...the flyer, newsletter or whatever...that clearly
stated what was what. Once in awhile it was the "whoever wants to go
with Craig to ... group".
If the girls sold cookies all knew we were Girl Scouts; to camp we
were always Explorers because that allowed us to by-pass all the goofy
GSUSA Camping regulations; and when we went shooting we were a Church
We had enough lawyers in the group and none of them quivered too much.
I only had one problem child in 5 years...and I was more than happy to
run them off to the next unit down the road.
Good leadership, a thorough risk analysis and common sense kept us
from having an injury in 5 years...
Let's not lose sight of the fact that we serve the young men and women
of the program...we shouldn't be slaves to G2SS or like documents from
other organizations. Let common sense prevail and do the right thing
and it works out amazingly well.
Craig A. Marks
District Chairman, Tuocs District
Puerto Rico Council, BSA
I've been a lot of stuff...including a Wind Blown Beaver
Lifetime Member, GSUSA
Cookie Mom and Trainer
Caribe Council, GSUSA
"The bar upon which the standard sits is a high jump bar...not a limbo