As the season of Webelos Invitational Campouts are upon us, this is an excellent time to review BSA Policy as established for guidelines for its members’ participation in camping activities.
The following information is excepted from the Guide to Safe Scouting. This document is to prepare members of the Boy Scouts of America to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. This is available in print or online at: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx
There have been many questions about Webelos Camping with Troops. The official policy in the Guide to Safe Scouting is:
A Webelos Scout may participate in overnight den camping when supervised by an adult. In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of his parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved adult. Joint Webelos den/troop campouts including the parents of the Webelos Scouts are encouraged to strengthen ties between the pack and troop. Den leaders, pack leaders, and parents are expected to accompany the boys on approved trips.
Here are some quick Question and Answer nuggets of information:
Q. May Webelos and Boy Scouts go camping?
A. Webelos Scouts and their parent/guardian may accept a troop invitational and go camping. BUT, Webelos Scouts must camp as Webelos Scouts according to Webelos Leader Guide, Guide to Safe Scouting, Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders syllabus, and Cub Scout Outdoor Program Guidelines.
Q. May a Den Leader be the responsible adult for a Webelos NOT his own child?
A. NO – a Den Leader may only supervise his / her own child at a Webelos Campout. Webelos Scouts must have a 1:1 supervisory parent or guardian present.
Q. May Webelos cook with Boy Scouts to learn the Patrol Method?
A. Yes. In the Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities, Cooking Outdoors is a Webelos appropriate activity based on age, rank, social and mental maturity.
Q. What is the definition of “supervise” for Webelos camping – who defines this?
A. From The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety (http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/Sweet16.aspx)
Every BSA activity should be supervised by a conscientious adult who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of the children and youth in his or her care. The supervisor should be sufficiently trained, experienced and skilled in the activity to be confident of his/her ability to lead and to teach the necessary skills and to respond effectively in the event of an emergency. Field knowledge of all applicable BSA standards and a commitment to implement and follow BSA policy and procedures are essential parts of the supervisor's qualifications.
IN THIS CASE WHERE THERE ARE NOT SPECIFICS PLEASE REFER TO THE SWEET 16 OF SCOUTING RULES. THEY ARE GUIDELINES SHOWING BASIC RULES THAT COVER MOSTLY COMMON SENSE.