Youth Protection is described on a per “activity” basis. So, what is an “activity?”
The term “activity” is not directly defined by BSA that I can find and the application of Youth Protection varies significantly depending on which of the below cases is observed:
- Case 1: the group (Ship) event of sailing multiple vessels is "the activity.”
- Case 2: sailing on an independent vessel as part of the group event is considered "an activity.” Merriam-Webster defines an activity as to include a natural or normal function potentially involving mental function specifically; an educational procedure designed to stimulate learning by firsthand experience. This would push the “activity” definition towards case 2. Participation in a group is not the goal of the sailing opportunity, acquiring sailing skills is the goal.
Sailing by its nature segregates the scouts onto separate vessels. The vessels will most certainly be out of voice range and are often at the limit of visual range. Each vessel can easily find itself an isolated entity connected to the group (other vessel) only by radio or phone. This is uniquely different than hiking, biking, or other BSA situations.
I would very much like to know where to find BSA documentation supporting an answer to the above question.