scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: JLT Accident
Sarah Nunez (trinoaks@FLASH.NET
Sat Apr 15 2000 - 08:34:09 CDT
On 04/12/00, Scouter Petey <sfqm@SCFN.THPL.LIB.FL.US> wrote:
>Is it just my imagination or did others notice that most of those
>making a statement for more protection, more padding, less risk were
>the ladies among us and those promoting safe risk taking were the guys.
>Is there something that we as males of the species need in the way of
>risks to make our lives have some meaning. I wonder if that is why
>boys tend to fight more in school than girls?
You're probably right about boys and men needing more "excitement".
However, I'm with those who say, make sure everyone is trained to do the
trust fall correctly, and then do it. After all, this is the LAST
exercise in a day of team-building and trust-building exercises.
Helmets, padding, mattresses, and the like would defeat the whole
purpose of the exercise. On the other hand, I would probably limit the
height from which they fall to no more than three feet. In addition,
the instructions to the adults leading the exercise specify: "Place
yourself in the catching line so that if things go wrong, you can either
catch the faller or do a good job of slowing him down. After the Scouts
have caught a few fallers, remove yourself from the line, but keep a
close eye on what is happening."