scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: JLT Accident
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Mon Apr 17 2000 - 08:00:43 CDT
Scouter Petey 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.
Y'know, I noticed the same thing, but I had better chime in to even things
out (BTW there were a number of men that also said the Trust Fall was too
risky). As a woman, scouter, and mom, I can answer this observation:
Women are more protective, yes, and sometimes men can be absolutely
bone-headed in taking risks. But kids (boys AND girls) have to have some
risk-taking opportunities, especially at the teen years. They are
stretching their wings and need the thrill. It is up to us as Scouters to
provide that risk and thrill for them or they will go elsewhere
(streets/mall/shooting tin cans at the dump, etc.). So we have a duty as
Scouters to provide thrilling and even risky events. That said, NOW the
important part: We must be TRAINED to be able to provide these things. We
must GUIDE and HELP these youngsters. Trust falls and other initiatives
are part of a complete program to develop team building. SOME of the
elements can be done anywhere and anytime. But many (such as the Trust
Fall) build on each other. The Trust Fall is the mid-level initiative in a
series of 'games' for team building. The safety of it is paramount, and
the Project Adventure books that I have (Cobras and Cowstails, and Silver
Bullets both by Karl Rohnke) clearly spell out the dangers and cautions
that have to be followed in order to do it safely. Straight body on faller,
with arms 'bound' to prevent flying elbows, etc, AFTER doing all of the
warm up events (including Willow in the Wind, described earlier). These
precautions were not followed, hence injury.
Now, as a mom, etc.: There are times when I have to force myself to leave
or even look away if I cannot stand the sight of my kid going down a zip
line or rapelling down a cliff. (That's when Dad steps in to supervise)
But those risky things are fun and safe IF done correctly with the proper
equipment. And the youth need it to grow.
So, Pete, et.al, here's a female chiming in for Risky Frisky Events for
boys (and girls, too).
Lorie McGraw <email@example.com>
fax (603) 457-8923.
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Etowah Creek District, Indian Waters Council, Columbia, SC
"Minutus cantorum, minutus balorum, minutus carborata descendum pantorum."
-- (A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.)
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