scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: How Should This Problem Have Been handled?
Chris Summers (ChrisinHouston@AOL.COM
Fri May 12 2000 - 15:09:59 CDT
Skykine District, Sam Houston Area Council leaves it up to the Boy Scout Unit
to get their Tour Permit, Permission slips (if they use them) or a Safety
Afloat plan in order, although we have 99% of our big events at Council camps
so a Tour permit is not needed. We don't ask to see them, but we do drive
the point at RT and other trainings, as to why they are necessary. Depending
on who is running our District Camporee Health forms may be asked for at the
check in which is our main type of event with registration. Since Scout
camps require them at check in for Summer Camp the leaders have them there.
On the Cub side, Health forms are routinely asked for from the Unit leader in
charge upon entry to an event, but our Cubs seem to have more District type
events then the Boy Scouts, and since our Cub leaders are younger and less
set in their ways then the Boy Scout leaders, we seem to get more compliance
Could the event mentioned have been handled differently? Well perhaps.
Could a leader or parent have been sent back to get the paperwork or someone
sent from town to the Camporee with it? Even if it was the next morning,
Saturday I assume, would that have sufficed?
To my knoweledge, BSA G2SS does not require permission slips for individuals
so that should not be an issue; it is up to the Unit. While the Tour Permit
is there for obvious reasons, is it as necessary when attending a multi Unit
Distict event, such as a Camporee that is off Council property as the type of
event, the Camporee, would not be in question. I believe the underlying
purpose of the Local Tour Permit is not so much for those who approve trips
or check them at the arrival point, but to serve as a step by step reminder;
"do we have enough drivers, is there adequate insurance, etc". One can
turn in the most officially correct Tour Permit and get approval, but we
rely on one's honesty in listing the information.
How do we know what the Unit did, perhaps they went camping somewhere else
instead of heading home.
Chris in Houston