scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: travel uniforms (was Ins. and Liability Exp.)
Chris Summers (ChrisinHouston@AOL.COM
Sat Jun 03 2000 - 09:44:29 CDT
In a message dated 6/2/00, ikmom4@CORE.COM writes:
< I have heard in the past that if you do not have your uniform on (scouts as
well as adults) when traveling you will not be covered by BSA insurance...is
this true? >
and a message dated 6/2/00 , Hank Blair writes:
< That isn't rumor that is fact. If any scouts or scouters are traveling
the troop or pack and do not have on their shirt they are NOT covered by BSA
Well, I don't recall a line item in the G2SS, other than suggesting you wear
a uniform when travelling, and this position would be a pretty hard one to
fight in court if an insurance claim ever got that far. Common sense would
dictate that when doing something in the public eye, a BS uniform can have
apositive appearance. Each Council is different and sets up it's own ties
with the insurance company which is why it's always on a separate form at
I think if any professional is telling you that you have to wear a uniform to
be covered they are using a scare tactic. Here are several reasons I can
think of that common sense would disprove this idea:
The previous posts aren't clear on what constitutes a uniform, Class A,
Unit T shirts. Example, a new boy comes on his first campout and doesn't
have a uniform yet because he joined 4 days earlier and the Scout shop was
out of his size. He's filled out all the paper work and paid his fees and
he's not covered?
Venturing Units often choose what they will wear as a Unit, forest green
shirt, T shirts or in the case of several "career" based Units, they wear
I know of several Eagle projects that required labor that was not practical
to wear a uniform of any kind, pouring cement, major landscaping etc.
OA ordeal candidates in our Council wear regular clothes while doing their
day's work at the ordeal. A boy cuts himself with a saw, he's not covered???
During the summer months the troop votes to not wear uniforms from Memorial
Day to Labor Day. This actually happens with a 75 year old unit I work with.
The staff of the upcoming Woodbadge course meets at the Council office to van
pool up to the Scout camp to set it up for the upcoming course. No one is in
a Scout uniform and they have a wreck. No one is covered?
Again, use common sense! When I lead our Council contingent to Philmont we
took a 15 hour chartered bus ride and as the group leader I required that
when you stepped off the bus at stops such as meals you put on a Class A
shirt. I didn't care what they wore on the bus.
Chris in Houston