So, I had a great time at another session of University of Scouting this weekend!
In one of my classes I heard something that struck me odd...
The instructor stated that in order to go on a Canoe trip each "paddler" needed to have completed the Canoeing MB...
This threw me for a loop because I don't remember reading that anywhere, but I know that the GTSS is always changing. I thought about doing the, "show me in the book where it says that." But, I didn't want to embarras her esp. before checking.
I looked through the guide, under Safety Afloat, and all I could find was that if a canoe trip lasts more than 4 hours then the scouts need a 3 hour training class or successfully navigate a 100 yrd course. Also a Padlle Craft Safety trained supervisor is recommended but not required.
Am I missing something?
In the past, my troop has ensured that all the scouts pass the BSA swimmers test and recieve a safety brief prior to canoeing.
Our typical trip is to canoe about 1/2 mile to an island where we camp for the weekend. Those scouts that are working on the Camping MB can spend additional time on the water during the weekend to get their 4 hours on the water.
But, we do plan on doing a 5-day trip down the James River next year, and I want to make sure we are "within policy."
Thanks in advance!!
Yours in scouting,
Colonial Virginia Council