Personally, I have always felt that completing a tour permit whenever we
left town was a good idea as it did serve as a planning tool (must be
completed in advance) and a good check list of sorts. Also, it removed any
doubts about when a tour permit is required. Because in our council, tour
not required unless you leave the council
Except 1) when the location requires it (there are out of council scout
camps in our council area), 2) when there is swimming, 3) when there is
water involved (boats, etc), 4) when there is climbing, and other exceptions
that come up from time to time.
However, we have had situations where council seems upset with us and
rejects a tour permit because "you don't need one". Weird but true.
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Subject: [Scouter_T] Tour Permits
Curious if scouters in councils that don't "require" them file them anyway.
Or even if the council would process such a request. We always looked at
tour permits as kind of an insurance policy. Telling the council what your
unit is doing and then the council giving approval.
I am thinking if a council gives there approval for your outing they are
part of any legal action should anything happen. So are councils not
requiring tour permits trying to side step liability issues?
Case in point> Several years ago a boy was killed on a ski trip. Leaders
followed all the rules including tour permit and permission slips). The
victim parents sued everyone but it was the council that settled the suit.
No liability for the leader because he followed the rules.
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