I'm interested in how all of you think of 18-20-year-olds. We now have to register them as adults and refer to them as "adult participants" in Venturing and Sea Scouting. I found these definitions in the BSA Rules and Regulations definitions:
Adult. Unless otherwise stated, the word “adult” refers to a person 18 years of age or older.
Scouter. A Scouter is an adult who registers with the Boy Scouts of America at the local, area, region, or national level; fulfills the obligations of his or her position; obligates himself or herself to subscribe to the Scout Oath; and agrees to abide by the Rules and Regulations, policies, and other guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America.
Leader. A leader is an adult Scouter registered in a position of leadership or responsibility at the council, district, or unit level.
Member. Unless otherwise stated, a “member” is a youth member and, in context, an adult program participant.
Youth. “Youth” generally means a youth member or adult program participant registered in a program.
Youth Leader. A youth leader is a youth member or adult program participant occupying a position of responsibility for leadership development purposes as a youth as opposed to as an adult leader.
Adult Program Participant. An adult program participant is any person 18 years of age or older who registers to participate in a program in which youth members are also eligible to participate; obligates himself or herself to regularly attend the meetings; fulfills a member’s obligation to the unit; subscribes to the Scout Oath; and participates in an appropriate program based on the current guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America. Adult program participants are subject to the same guidelines as adult Scouters when required by policies and guidelines
Then when you get to the YPT page at scouting.org, you see:
(Effective October 1, 2018) Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader over 21 in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader over 21 must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.
All adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as leaders. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.
One-on-one contact between adult leaders and youth members is prohibited both inside and outside of Scouting.
In situations requiring a personal conference, the meeting is to be conducted with the knowledge and in view of other adults and/or youth.
Private online communications (texting, phone calls, chat, IM, etc.) must include another registered leader or parent.
Communication by way of social media (Facebook, Snapchat, etc.) must include another registered leader or parent.
So what are "adult participants?" Are they whatever National needs them to be at the time? As a youth leader, is an adult participant held to the no one-on-one contact rule as it specifically says adult leaders? Are they prevented from hanging out with long-time friends at the stroke of midnight when they turn 18? I'm interested in your comments. I've had adult friends that have walked away from Scouting because of the no one-on-one contact outside of Scouting. I think we're getting into a little over-reach with some of the new rules. Is a teacher that is an adult leader (and is that different than being just a Scouter?) going to have the BSA police monitoring their classroom during tutoring sessions? Can a single parent that is an adult leader let a register Scout come for a sleep over with their child knowing there could be times when the parent could be alone with the guest. This is WAY overkill in my opinion.