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  1. We do not do masks in any aquatic activity. You go in the water with one on, and your breathing is immediately impaired. Not a good idea, IMHO.
  2. I have been thinking about sending them a response like this (with their parent cc'ed...) --------------------------------- Hello Scout! Thanks for your email. But, I am not going to answer it until you send it to me again and include your parent. One important component of Youth Protection is that there are no private electronic communications between adults and Scouts. Please help our Troop with this. I'm looking forward to seeing your request again soon! The Scoutmaster ----------------------------------
  3. Review the 2021 Troop JTE Scorecard. There are any number of things there you could take on to build a ticket. https://www.scouting.org/awards/journey-to-excellence/unit/ And, if your unit has not followed JTE as a guide before, even doing that could be one of your ticket items.
  4. And that is another facet of tort reform that we need...
  5. This should be a perquisite for Scoutmasters? If unit financial situation permits, ask your committee to cover the umbrella while you are in the seat. Thoughts?
  6. People will sue you, especially if you have an umbrella insurance policy (Never advertise that you do!!) I also had an umbrella, and cancelled for the same reason...it only covered the excess of things that happened on our property. If you ever find a policy that will cover you, let us know! (anonymously here, of course )
  7. You are covered by the Federal Volunteer Protection Act of 1997. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/PLAW-105publ19/pdf/PLAW-105publ19.pdf https://www.astho.org/Programs/Preparedness/Public-Health-Emergency-Law/Emergency-Volunteer-Toolkit/Volunteer-Protection-Acts-and-Good-Samaritan-Laws-Fact-Sheet/#:~:text=The federal Volunteer Protection Act,for its protections to apply. However, "Protection under VPA does not apply if the volunteer engages in willful or criminal misconduct, gross negligence, reckless misconduct, or a conscious, flagrant indifference to the rights
  8. Silly...can't even have a mock sword (light saber) fight with pool noodles?? I see this in the pool at Summer Camp every year... G2A Prohibited Activities: 14. Activities where participants strike at each other, including martial arts, boxing, combat games, gladiator games, and reenactment activities such as live action role-playing games (LARP) and Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) activities (exception: tai chi) https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss07/#b
  9. Sorry to hear that. It is tough to balance. I struggle with same, and find myself often in the same territory you describe... Thank you for all your efforts. I hope your kids will see the enormous amount of positive impact you are sure to have had, and realize that some of their sacrifice contributed to that positive impact on others' lives.
  10. You can shoot paintball at non-human targets... G2SS: "Activities where participants shoot or throw objects at each other, such as rock-throwing, paintball, laser or archery tag, sock fights, or dodgeball" Q: Can Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts shoot paintball or airsoft guns? A: Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts may shoot paintball guns and airsoft guns at targets only; they may not shoot at each other or at any form of a human silhouette target. https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/shooting-sports/shooting-faq/
  11. I am Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod. I was born in 1518 in the village of Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel. And I am immortal. 😮 https://clanmacleod.org/
  12. @qwazse, yes, that is certainly a reason. But why allow it in Cub Scouts? Ages 7 to 13 are the most vulnerable to sexual abuse. https://victimsofcrime.org/child-sexual-abuse-statistics/ https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/documents/cb/cm2019_4.pdf https://americanspcc.org/child-abuse-statistics/#:~:text=411%2C969 victims (60.8%) are,2.3%) are psychologically maltreated.
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