Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Scouting Safety

I pull in a lot of Scouting RSS feeds throughout the day and read them when I get a chance.  Here's a blog post regarding training and the safety implications of failing to get trained.  It's hard to verify, but I often see this statistic repeated:

19% (or 21%) of registered Scouts belong to LDS-affiliated troops. However, ~70% of fatalities across the BSA (that's Cubs through Ventures, 8-18, nationwide) come from that same 19% of troops. In other words, Mormon Scouts are disproportionately over-represented in Scouting accident statistics.

This is generally attributed to inappropriate activities, poor supervision and inadequate safety precautions. In short, it's due to not being familiar with and following the rules. We can't effectively serve the boys (and girls) under our stewardships if we don't take the time to learn how. The new Green Book, 2011 edition, expressly states that part of our callings is to get BSA-trained. The Church itself doesn't do this; it defers training to an outside organization (BSA) because the Church doesn't govern Scouting, BSA does. The Green Book doesn't replace official Scouting policies, it supplements them with Church-specific ones, and we are responsible to adhere to both.

Frankly, I don't want to have to look any parents in the eye and tell them their son got hurt, or worse, because I failed to learn my responsibility, and teach the boys theirs. Scouting resources - safety and other training, and policies.

1 comment:

Fishgutts said...

This is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to LDS Scouters and in fact, I let something slide that should have turned out much worse. Thanks goodness it didn't.