scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Insurance and Liability Experiences
Chris Summers (ChrisinHouston@AOL.COM
Mon Jun 05 2000 - 07:20:40 CDT
In a message dated 6/5/00 6:19:07 AM, kbrehm@MCN.NET writes:
>We had a person run over by a parade float two years ago and it turned
>out the scout leader had turned in a trip permit to the scout office
>even though they didn't go out of town.
>BSA says they're insurance won't cover your incident if you did not file
>one of these permit applications...
But herein lies the problem. Each Council enforces this rule differently
making it absolutely rigidly flexible. I'm in Sam Houston Area Council, the
largest "traditional" Council in the country (150,000 youth and adults), and
because of the large number of Units going on weekly outings we are told not
to fill one out unless we are going well out of the area of the normal Unit
meeting place and not Scout property. A parade in the neighborhood or a trip
to Camp Strake would not need one, a trip to a State Park near Austin would.
How can a rule be enforced if it is interpreted differently from Council to
Council? I wonder how well a battle over settling a claim in court would
fare when the policy is variable.
The Tour Permit has a dual role that often seems forgotten in our haste to
make sure we have our Council's blessing, it serves as a check list. "Do we
have enough drivers for the number of Scouts, are we taking enough rest
stops, is there enough liability insurance, is this an appropriate trip for
the age level", etc.
Chris in Houston