scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: two deep, outings and mixed sex leadership
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.s.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU
Tue May 02 2000 - 15:05:47 CDT
> I was recently challenged on my iterpretation of the Guide to Safe
> Scouting bold faced statement that if a youth female Venturer camped
> overnight, an adult female leader was required as part of the two
> deep leadership on that campout. I believed that at a campout where
> there were 5 leaders, if the sole female leader decided to depart
> after only one night in camp, the 1 female Venturer was also
> "required" to depart.
> It was stated to me that the rule was only a guideline and that if it
> was considered safe on other grounds (adequate adult leadership, good
> kids, etc.) that it was alright to allow the young lady (who wanted
> to stay) to stay in camp. It was suggested that otherwise mixed sex
> camping might never be accomplished, and gee, what if one of the
> males was the young ladies father (which was not the actual case).
Your interpretation was absolutely correct.
Note: Text in BOLD in the original publication denotes rules and
1. Two-deep leadership:
Two registered adult leaders, or one adult and a parent of a
participating Scout, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age or
older, are required for all trips or outings. There are a few
instances such as patrol activities, when no adult leadership is
required. Coed overnight activities require male and female adult
leaders, both of whom must be 21 years of age or older.
It is a BSA RULE (NOT a guideline) and MUST be followed. If there are
both males and females present, there must be at least one Male over 21
and at least one female over 21 present.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org