I am a new Scoutmaster just starting with the girls on February 1. Throughout the last few months, I have been getting the hang of how Youth Protection and following the rules well plays out in real life. Obviously I want to keep the girls safe, but sometimes the specifics are cumbersome and every once in a while, I get stumped with a new “what if…”
A Scout from our linked Troop had his Eagle Scout Project this week. My son was out of town on a Crew trip and couldn’t attend, so I asked if I could come and bring a couple of my daughters who are Scouts. It worked out great.
However, in the process, I began to have questions. It was the second day of the project and only one additional Scout from the boy troop showed up besides the Life Scout running the project and his dad. The dad happens to be a registered leader. With me there, we met Youth Protection guidelines. Had I not come, would they have had to cancel the work day or ask the other Scout either not to attend or to have his parent stay? They would not have been in violation of no one-on-one, but there would not have been another registered adult leader. What if his dad was not registered, then what do they do?
What is a Life Scout to do if there are not enough registered leaders to attend?
It made me realize I hadn’t considered this question when my son did his project. My husband and I are both registered leaders, but what if we weren’t, do you tell Scouts they can’t serve without a parent? Many in our boys troop treat Eagle Scout Service Projects as drop-off events.
I know the Scoutmaster is not able to attend every Eagle Scout Service Project and it is the Scouts responsibility to plan it. I do not remember seeing anything in the project plan asking, “how will you ensure there are two registered adults leaders at all times and one will be female if Scouts from a girl troop are present?”
Since this is really up to the Scout, not the adults, is it not subject to this rule?
I’m sorry for the long post, I wanted to make sure I fully explained my question. I tried doing a search on this and couldn’t find anything specific to Eagle Scout Projects. I appreciate any insight you have for me. Trying to wrap my brain around this prior to having Life Scouts in my Troop to help walk through this process.