Regarding the magazine:
- How many back issues of this publication, https://scoutingmagazine.org/, should be referenced to establish a policy? A magazine is a topical discussion forum, it is not a policy document. The G2SS, the Sea Scout Manual, and other BSA documents (not periodicals) are what we use for policy. They don’t change monthly or weekly.
- The particular article you referenced in https://scoutingmagazine.org/ only includes one exception: “…, in the case of merit badge counseling, one of the Scout’s parents can serve as the second required adult.” This is not in alignment with the FAQs that lists two examples. Which am I to believe? A stated allowance is not a declared prohibition to all other situations.
- Please show me on the https://www.scouting.org/ website where it states that this magazine is an official communication from the BSA. To my surprise, I couldn’t find such a statement.
Regarding my logic. You asked “what logic?” Here it is, copied and pasted from this string’s earlier entries:
From the FAQ page: “Adult Supervision
Q: The Barriers to Abuse say that there must be two registered adults present for all Scouting activities and meetings. Does that include merit badge counseling? Fund-raising events?
A. Yes. However, the parent or legal guardian of the Scout may serve as the second adult. This parent or legal guardian does not have to be a registered leader.”
While it could have been written better to make the point:
“Merit badge counseling” & “fund-raising events” are only two specific examples of “all Scouting activities and meetings”
The continuing explanation including “ the ” parent is not specifically directed towards these 2 examples and on my read is generic enough to be applied to "all Scouting activities and meetings.
And later on 07/17/221:
The FAQ question says: “Does that include…”
“ That ,” in this case, is " The Barriers to Abuse say that there must be two registered adults present for all Scouting activities and meetings."
The FAQ answer directly answers the question regarding the 2 activity examples.
The FAQ answer also states " However , the parent or legal guardian of the Scout may serve as the second adult. " There is no specific reference to the 2 examples in this statement and the FAQ answer is commenting on the “ that ” of the FAQ question by using the word “ however ” to separate the answer from the 2 examples.
Again, I give you the opportunity to refute it with BSA refences.
Regarding my apparent willingness to ignore the multiple examples from various BSA publications that are inconsistent with his interpretation.
- I’ve supplied my logic, you supply your “various BSA publications” that refute my argument.
- My only willingness here is to not accept undocumented statements of fact.
Regarding “presuming that he discounts the ones to which he’s already been directed”
- I’ve made my argument in the above restated logic. Stating that I discounted the various BSA references is not correct. I in fact used them in my argument.
- You have made no attempt to support your opinion with either supportive logic or clear documentation.
I must say I’m disappointed in the candor of this forum. “Either agree or get attacked” is not the discussion platform I was hoping for; especially from a Scoutbook User Advisory Council member.