scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Hammocks and Scouting prohibitions
Chris Summers (ChrisinHouston@AOL.COM
Wed Jul 05 2000 - 17:44:37 CDT
I guess the powers that be at a camp or Council event can prohibit anything
they want to. Our local camp does not allow Scouts to use axes for cleanup
service projects, they don't alow sheeth knives even for scaling fish.
Horeshoes must be played under qualified adult supervision. Qualified??? Is
there an NRA certification for that?
But ultimately isn't it up to the Unit to be the cautious ones because they
work on the most fundamental basis, directly with the Scouts. Thus, the Unit
checks the meeting place, the vehicles used, gets the tour permit, the
Fundraising approval and permission slips, files the float plan, assures for
a safe swim, etc.
Hammocks and knives may pose dangers, but I never cease to be surprised. As
District Commissioner, I recently visited a Troop and during free time
activities guess what they played between games of checkers and dominos...
Lawn Darts, you remember, those foot long steel darts that you throw out
into a circle from a distance hoping not to hit any living thing. The ones
that were recalled because they resembled some kind of war toy the Roman
Legions would have enjoyed. The SM seemed totally surprised at my concern
because they had always had them at camp and they had not lost one person in
all the years and he knew of no Council prohibition against them.
One hour a week, I'll hang in there, at least another year....
Chris in Houston