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

Wanda Pease wandap at hevanet.com
Thu Jul 8 07:37:40 PDT 2010

  In the Federal Government (Military) I have to have a signed waiver on 
file from a parent to allow a "child" to take part in Volunteer 
Activities.  That requirement has only been around for the last couple 
of years so maybe JAG thinks this covers us.  Of course I think that 
this is over-reaction on everyone's part.  Statistics actually seem to 
say that children are on average safer today than they were in 1973 
(couldn't believe this one so I checked it).  Yes there are the horror 
stories, but there were a few then too.  In my Grandmother's time (1890) 
a young lady took the family carriage out on the way to school.  The 
carriage was found, but she never was.  This was rural Iowa. Teach your 
kids to go nowhere with strangers unless they have checked with their 
responsible adult (talking to strangers just isn't really likely to 
endanger them any more than it did me in the 1950's).

At any rate, I wonder if the written waiver that works for the Military 
would work for us.

Regina Romsey

On 7/8/2010 3:04 AM, Johnna Holloway wrote:
> 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.
> And
> 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?
> Johnnae 

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