This BP Pointer from “The BP 2019 List” (or: ways to Be Prepared for Scouts BSA on February 1, 2019) is about how adult leader coverage requirements – some new for Scouts BSA troops of girls, and some new for all effective October 1, 2018.
New Rule for all: effective October 1, 2018, two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. This is a huge change from prior BSA policy where only one adult needed to be registered, and one adult could be age 18 – so troops that plan high adventure treks in reliance on 18-20 year old Scouters as the second trek advisor will need to re-calibrate trek recruiting!
- Reasons for the change: Safety and Precaution.
- A second adult who is actually registered as a volunteer with the BSA will have gone through a background check, and must be up to date on Youth Protection training.
- And should the first adult become incapacitated, the second will be registered and with Youth Protection training.
- 21 year olds are usually more mature than 18 year olds.
- Steps to Take: Register and train more adults as leaders.
- After all, the information in Youth Protection training is good information for parents to be aware of.
Rules for Units with Girls: There must be at least one 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.
- Reasons for the change: Safety and Common Sense.
- Steps to Take: Register and train more female adults as leaders.
But but but … does that mean I have to have a second registered leader participate in a Scoutmaster’s Conference? And a female leader if I’m a male Scoutmaster with a young woman? Answer: No. The Guide to Safe Scouting says: “in situations requiring a personal conference, the meeting is to be conducted with the knowledge and in view of other adults and/or youth.” The same answer would seem to apply to a conference regarding a merit badge.
But but but … does that mean we need two registered leaders over 21 at an Eagle Scout Service Project? Answer: well, it appears so. The good news is: you can enlist the aspiring Eagle to recruit for his or her project.
For more, see posts here and to follow for past and upcoming items in the BP 2019 List (and for upcoming items that are not complete, shoot your comments to this Family Scouting email, as that might result in updates and clarifications). More about what troop leaders might want to know about family scouting and girls is found on this District page of Scouts BSA resources and ideas.