[Sca-cooks] Teens in kitchens was New Pennsic Rule - Update from the Source!

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Thu Jul 8 03:04:23 PDT 2010

A letter posted on 7/7/2010 to the A&S 50 Challenge list from Chai'usun
> Deputy Mayor for Cultural Affairs
> Pennsic 39
regarding the new policy at Pennsic states:

> Please understand this is not the choice of the Cultural Affairs staff
> nor of the Pennsic University. This is due to a requirement that all
> teachers and volunteers working with the youth in the SCA must have
> passed a security screening. Cultural Affairs cannot guarantee that of
> all teachers in the A&S venues have been so screened, therefore
> this rule has been deemed to be necessary by the Society Minister of
> Youth.

So why won't this rule now apply to all the other wars and medieval  
universities? (A class is a class is a class, unless there is  
something special about classes being held in Pennsylvania which is  
where the federal lawsuit against the Society is being contested.)  
Right now for the Midrealm a two person deep rule applies to childrens  
and youth classes but is not mentioned for adult or regular classes. I  
don't find a SCA wide document posted on sca.org that deals with this.

Ok so now the question could well become a teen wants to volunteer in  
your kitchen
or in your feast hall: Can they do so without there being a parent or  
guardian present?

Must you now have background checked adults in the kitchens in order  
for a 16 or 17 year old to help?

Wouldn't that be volunteers (volunteer cooks or stewards in this case)  
working with the teens?

I know many college students that weren't 18 yet often helped me out  
in a kitchen at times. Can you imagine telling a college student they  
can't attend a class or work because they are still minors?


On Jul 6, 2010, at 6:01 PM, David Friedman wrote:

>> This was sent to the Pennsic Teacher's E-List...  ~~ Katarina Helene
>> 2. The rule does require adult supervision of youth, by a parent or  
>> by a
>> "guardian"--which is defined for our purposes as a responsible adult
>> designated by the the parent to attend the class with the youth.  
>> Let me
>> repeat that. We are not requiring a legal court-appointed guardian,  
>> simply a
>> responsible adult. (My thanks  to the Society MOY and especially to  
>> the
>> Pennsic 39 Mayor for allowing us that interpretation of the rule).
> It's worth noting that this is a change from what the rule was  
> yesterday, when it specified (on the University page still does)  
> "legal guardian." It looks as though the massive negative reaction  
> to the rule had some effect.
> -- 
> David/Cariadoc
> www.daviddfriedman.com

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