scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: JLT Accident
Katherine Coates (Tuwanda@AOL.COM
Tue Apr 11 2000 - 11:15:18 CDT
In a message dated 4/11/2000 8:46:31 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
No, Scouting is suppose to be a safe haven where a boy should not fear
ridicule and harassment and abuse. But that's different from saying it
is suppose to be safe from dangers, accidents, and all injuries.
Scouting, like life, cannot be made completely safe and still be worth
living. Injuries and accidents happen and some of our activities in
Scouting are full of potential dangers. >>
Yes, I agree, but it's one thing to realize that accidents happen no matter
how many safety precautions we take and totally another thing to do an
activity that deliberately puts somone at risk solely for the sake of
experiencing the excitement of the risk.
To not take safety precautions in the "Trust" game is the same as deciding
not to have a lifeguard at the swimming pool. Or like letting the kids have
at it with axes any place they want without the safety precautions of an axe
yard. I, quite frankly, don't see any difference.