scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: JLT Accident
The Gillams (howlers@INTELIPORT.COM
Mon Apr 10 2000 - 13:33:05 CDT
Recently my son's Troop attended an overnighter for JLT. During one of
the games a boy was dropped on his back. The game involved a Scout
dropping into the arms of fellow Scouts in hopes that they catch you.
All seemed well until one of the very last Scouts fell as he was
supposed to but for some reason he was not caught and hit the ground
It was frightening for him, the adults present, and the Scouts who
witnessed his fall. He hit hard and did not get up for a while since his
back was sore. Fortunately there were two leaders present, who were
first-responder trained. I assume this was in the JLT material but I see
flaws with this particularly game.
I have no idea how it is handle elsewhere and realize that new JLT
materials are being created but I feel things can be done to improve
this activity from possibly being a hazard.
Would it not be safer if some type of padding was placed below the Scout
who is falling into the waiting arms (air mattress, sleeping bags, etc.)
or is that how is should have been done? Another thought is maybe the
falling Scout should wear some type of head protection.