scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Zip lines
Dave Loomis (dloomis@NH.ULTRANET.COM
Mon Mar 20 2000 - 17:35:49 CST
Once more into the fray.
Just as we can't expect pictures published in Boy's Life or Scouting to
portray Scouts in proper uniform - the emphasis is on the shot not the
uniforming, neither can we expect them to be exemplars of camp or BSA
So, just because you see someone wearing an OA Sash, with their Merit
Badge Sash tucked securely into their belts, or riding a zip line
without required safety equipment, this does not mean you should try it
in your council or mine.
ADC, Historic District
Daniel Webster Council
Terry Slade wrote:
> OK.....What gives? Did anyone catch a picture of a Tiger Cub riding a Zip Line in the March/April Scouting magazine. It won second place in a contest. The picture is from the Simon Kenton Council camp in Columbus, Ohio.
> Here's the problem. My Council had a great zip line that I had built. It had a 5 foot tower and then followed the ravine for maybe 150 feet. By following the reavine, I was able to keep the height to a minimum. The highest the kid was off the ground was the step off the 5 foot tower. It was as safe as I could make it as I am the last one that would want to get somebody hurt. My Council said that a zip line is strictly a COPE thing.
> I had to tear it down. The reason: National says to ride a zip line, you have to be 13 years old and wear a harness. The picture in Scouting, that got a second place ribbon by the way, shows a Tiger Cub and he is not in a harness. What gives.
> Is there such a rule? Where can I get a copy of this "rule"? I would like to rebuild the tower and put the zip line back in before Webelos Camp.
> YiS Terry
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