scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: JLT Accident
Mon Apr 10 2000 - 14:23:22 CDT
The game that your son's JLT course was playing was called Trust Fall. It is
one of many initiative games that teach people to work together. Although I
was not there, after running initiative games for years, I can tell you that
this Trust Fall was run incorrectly, perhaps by someone who was not aware of
the possible dangers involved. Instead of putting bandages on the wound, I
would rather put the effort to ensure that the wound never happens. If the
scouts had been properly briefed by the initiative games instructor and if
the instructor had verified that all the scouts were aware of their
responsibilities and that he or she had done a final check of the
preparations, this fall and injury would have never happened. Putting
mattresses and crash helmets on simply says that we will run these events
without being prepared and understanding the risks. I would encourage you to
go to Project Adventure's website and see how powerful these games can be for
individuals and groups if they are done correctly.
By the way, our district ran a New Games Camporee with 20 different stations.
We handled close to 1000 scouts that day without an injury because those
scouts and scouters at the various stations were briefed, understood their
responsibilities and put safety first.
Advisor, Crew 1519