scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: JLT Accident
T Mark Blakemore (tmblakemore@RFBLLP.COM
Tue Apr 11 2000 - 13:49:01 CDT
We used the Trust Fall during our JLT in December. Using the proper verbal
signals and body positioning for both the fallers and the catchers as
outlined in the Troop JLT guide resulted in no incident, even when our 6"3"
275 lb ASM fell back from a 4' post into the arms of 9 12-14 yr olds and a
couple of other ASMs. This was the grande finale of the exercise after
trust was built with each succeeding fall. Even our big ASM, who is no great
risk-taker, learned the benefit of this game. Using some common sense in
the order of who falls first, ie the lighter ones, builds confidence in both
the fallers and the catchers. As I keep reminding my better half, "Read the
instructions, then follow them." Ginny's right, in this litigious society,
much more thought is needed and has been put into the activities suggested
by BSA. We found the exercise quite safe and proved it by proper execution.
The result was a stronger PLC with an appreciation of what a team can do
together and how you can free yourself from fear by trusting your fellow
scouts who exhibit the motto, Be Prepared. I agree with Peter's view and
would add my own that if scout activities were all "perfectly safe" much of
the reward gained from its present activites would be lost.
T. Mark Blakemore
SM Troop 6