scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Leader Who Breaks The Rules
Whiting, Mark D(Z01684) (MWHITING@APSC.COM
Wed May 10 2000 - 12:22:19 CDT
Joel Korczynski wrote:
...She has a Cub Scout son who does not meet the age requirements to go
camping with the troop...Camporee was coming up. She questioned me about
bringing her son to stay the weekend with us. I emailed her the specific
area from the Safe Scouting Guide that prohibits a Cub from camping with the
troop...Has anyone had this problem? What would you do? What do you think I
I'm a SM with a troop of 75 or so scouts. We camp every month and sometimes
3 times a month. I believe the GTSS does not prohibit a leader or parent
from bringing a younger child on a scout campout. It is discouraged though.
There are provisions for "Family" camping of which this event was not, but
the GTSS proscribes guidelines for supervision and youth protection in those
conditions which can be applied with a "family type" group camping with you.
I allow leaders and parents to bring younger siblings with the provision
that THEY are to be responsible for those children and they do not take part
in the scouts activities. If we did not have sufficient adult supervision,
such that we needed that leaders full attention to the scouts - then I would
not allow the younger children. That has not happened in 7 years.
I believe that the leader should have respected YOUR wishes. It was YOUR
decision to allow the Cub to attend with his mother or NOT. I would clarify
your position to the committee and then make sure that all parents/leaders
understand. THEN ensure you implement your rule of NO NON-scout aged
children on campouts consistently.
Yours in Scouting,
Mark Whiting SMT90,AVC90
Grand Canyon Council, Arizona