scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Leader Who Breaks The Rules Revisited
Joel Korczynski (JoelMarc@AOL.COM
Sun May 21 2000 - 20:42:29 CDT
Below is a letter written by an individual sent to me on this problem and I
promised I would not reveal their name. I would like your opinions, not
flames on this letter. Bold type indicates names or titles changed for
obvious reasons. I just received the OK to post this letter today, I thought
it may jar some answers.
The issue with that leader includes both programmatic and liability concerns.
thing that is beyond any doubt is that those folks who write in favor of
including off-gender and/or off-age siblings and other children in Scouting
events will be not be helping to pay the bills, when The Church, its pastor
and congregation council, the Troop Committee,
and the Scoutmaster are involved in a liability suit over an injury
that occurs to an inappropriate participant.
Imagine what it would be like if every parent were allowed to bring along
his or her off-age and/or off-gender children on all Boy Scout outings. If
"Janice," who is a single parent and can't afford a baby-sitter, is allowed
to bring along her 2nd Grader, why shouldn't "Agnes," who is married and
well-heeled, also be allowed to bring along her younger child? There are
many obstacles we all have to overcome in our individual family situations,
but they are not everyone else's problem, much less, their liability. People
are not responsible for another's lack, divorce, separation from, or death
of, a spouse. We can all rest assured that our best friends will quickly
change their colors, when their children are seriously injured, and an
attorney seeks to help them recover damages. Unfortunately, this is the
nature of the society in which we live, and which we created.
The rules exist to protect all of our children's' interests, and each of our
Would The Church be prepared to give up its property, or its accumulated
financial assets, as a result of a parent not providing proper child care
arrangements? Would you?