scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Day Camp Leadership Rules
Kris Swank (dswank@SAT.NET
Sat Jun 03 2000 - 08:00:29 CDT
One of our new Day Camp staff went to Nat'l Camping SChool this spring
and in the material it said that basically no boy scouts under 14 could
work at Day Camp, 14 for Den Chief and 15 to help in an activity. We had
always had the younger bpys as Den Chiefs and runners because we have
trouble getting the older boys to work. When asked about why no one
could say anything but it breaks Child Labor laws. No one could say why.
We assumed this was for Councils that paid their staff. Ours is a total
volunteer staff. We are shot down the Friday before camp begins on
Monday. This is by the Council volunteer Day Camp coordinator, who just
happens to do Day Camp inspections.
These kids are not getting paid they are volunteering their time for a
community service. If a boy works on many of the Religous awards for
6-8th grade they have to do 10 hours of general community service and 10
for their family. There is the Service to America patch that even Cubs
can earn, THis means that an early Eagle Scout couldn't help out, must
be in Tot Lot.
Many of these kids MUST do community service for their school curricula,
to pass a grade, even as young as 7th grade. Is that now a violation of
child labor laws, are all of these schools now breaking the law
If a boy uinder 14 can't volunteer his time for a District activity, how
can they be allowed to do fund raising, like popcorn sales? There they
boys are raising money for the Unit AND the Council.And what about
Scouting for Food? Young kids are out and working.
We would like some clarification but no one seems to be able to say why
the changes and how to allow the boys to help and not break the law.
THere should be a reason that is clear.
I was really looking for some clarification of these rules,