Rob del Desierto wrote:This whole situation was prominent in my mind when I took the Hiking Club kids to the Grand Canyon last weekend.
The Boy Scouts have developed a 'Youth Protection Program' to prevent abuse. Some of their reccommendations are available here:
You can also log on and take the course (not required to be a member of the Scouts):
https://myscouting.scouting.org/_layout ... Source=%2f
What constitues physical abuse is a matter of individual perception. My uncle was my mentor regarding all things outdoors and taught my cousins and me how to hunt, fish, track, and survive outdoors. When I look back on some of his tactics, he certainly challenged us---and we loved every minute for what he was teaching---but he could have easily been accused of abuse. Especially after we jumped in an ice cold stream and then munched down on a meal of grubworms.
Also, adults now have to be very careful in regards to perceived sexual abuse/inappropriate behavior. No more skinning dipping, no more urinating along the trail in view of the kids, etc. It is worth going over the guidelines with the kids before a hike.