scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: JLT Accident
Tue Apr 11 2000 - 10:01:32 CDT
+AD4- Now don't this beat all? The game is a +ACI-trust+ACI- game where
+AD4- there is nothing
+AD4- to protect you except your fellow Scouts/Scouters. You
+AD4- +ACI-trust+ACI- them to
+AD4- catch you. It is part of a team building exercise and if you
+AD4- eliminate the
+AD4- need for the trust the game becomes moot.
I think Ginny had a valid point. Isn't Boy Scouting supposed to be
safe? Would you send Scouts on a COPE course without adequate safety
gear? Of course not.
Ginny's point, I think, is that trust falls are potentially dangerous.
A Scout could get seriously hurt. Isn't our job as leaders to
anticipate potential accidents and make sure adequate safety procedures
are in effect? Sure, we can't predict everything that could happen, but
this is an instance in which it's easily foreseeable that a Scout could
Yes, the mental part of the game would be somewhat different if a Scout
knew that he wouldn't get hurt even if he wasn't caught. However, I
think we leaders should be challenged to come up with new games that
will help Scouts learn to trust each other without posing dangers to one
of them. Trust, after all, usually means something much deeper than
this game would imply.
P.S. I keep my asbestos suit within easy reach of the computer. I'm
prepared, so fuss all you like about what I wrote.