scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: High Adventure Eligibility Question
Mick Cole (MicCCole@AOL.COM
Thu Jun 29 2000 - 05:32:36 CDT
In a message dated 6/29/2000 5:25:21 AM SA Western Standard Time,
> The parents freaked, and despite a close friendship between our families,
> the boy was removed from the Troop. My question is this, at the time, as I
> do now, I believe that I am, as SM, and not incidentally the person in
> name the back country pass is obtained, the final and sole arbiter of who
> will be allowed the privilege of joining us on the trip. This includes
> adults who are judged by physical fitness, hiking experience, and, if it
> comes down to it, degree of past involvement with the troop.
> My reason for this position is can be summed up in one word:
> I am the one on whose shoulders the responsibility for everyone?s safety
> lies and upon whose doorstep any lawsuit would fall.
IMHO, you are absolutely correct. As the SM, you have the responsibility for
the entire group, and there will be times when that responsibility gets in
the way of personal friendship. Sometimes, it gets lonely at the top. I
salute you for your willingness to make a reasoned decision, and stick with
it, despite the personal cost.
SM, Troop 62