Camping season is upon us, so we need to reflect on risks to our youth that are not necessarily a part of our outdoor classroom yet may be present when they gather. As pointed out in the American Camp Association’s recently published article entitled “Dangerous ‘Games’ Every Camp Must Know About”, our youth could be at risk to participating in unsafe games that are being highlighted on social media sites—they have been attracting youth in the age range we serve. Along with those listed in the article, the Guide to Safe Scouting also includes a listing of Unauthorized and Restricted Activities, including this: “Water chugging and related activities are not authorized for any program level.”
The National Health and Safety Team and Committee receive a couple of questions a year about these subjects and other eating or drinking contests. Our interpretation of these proposed events consistently puts the contests into the “and related activities” category. They should not be a part of any Scouting activity.
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