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

Elaine Koogler kiridono at gmail.com
Mon Jul 12 05:48:53 PDT 2010

I sincerely hope we don't get to this point.  I, for one, would not welcome
having an additional adult in my kitchen, so if this were the case, I'd
probably not have kids working in my kitchen, a tremendous loss, IMHO.  I
haven't had many young people who wanted to work with me, but the ones who
have, have been every bit as responsible and careful as any adult.  After
all, it was an adult who managed to chop off the end of her finger...not a
kid!  I would have problems allowing younger children to work in the
kitchen...I'd probably find something fairly safe and set them to doing it
at a table outside the kitchen.  But I would still welcome their help so
long as they were careful and worked safely.


On Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 3:36 AM, Stefan li Rous
<StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>wrote:

> Regina Romsey commented:
> <<< 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).>>>
> Sigh. I guess it must be the parent's, and only the parent's, job to do
> this.
> If you will remember, when I tried to post an article to the Florilegium,
> by Lady Gormlaith, recently a teenager herself (then aged 20 years old),
> warning the teens in the Society what to watch out for and who to be careful
> of, she was loudly criticized on her local and kingdom lists and I was told
> by an SCA officer and a number of individuals that I should remove the
> article and it shouldn't have been posted because it gave a bad impression
> of the SCA. When the pressure grew too great and she thought it might
> adversely affect her father's future in the SCA, she requested its removal,
> and I did so.
> I will note, that few on this list were of that opinion and many, including
> some experienced parents, had no problem with the article.  Thank you for
> your support
> This was that file:
> SG-SCA-Youth-art (10K) 6/22/09 "Survival Guide for an SCA Youth" by Lady
> Gormlaith Bebbin Kathleen HRothgarsdottir.
> So now it appears we are so afraid of the possible dangers to our children
> that though we are scared to tell the children about the dangers, or to let
> other people know that we might possibly have a reason to warn our children
> about such dangers, we are going to restrict what they can do or at least
> make sure they have a guardian with them. Well, at least we'll enforce this
> for classes. After all, we know that classes are the only places at Pennsic
> that parents let their children go without them or a responsible adult being
> present.
> If the danger is that great, I would think that such dangers should be
> discussed or at least brought into the open.
> It's as if there are dangers in the kitchen, so children can't be allowed
> in the kitchen without a parent or specified responsible adult, even if that
> adult has never been in a commercial kitchen and has no idea what a meat
> slicer or a deep fryer looks like and you aren't allowed to explain what the
> safety issues and rules are to either of them. After all, you might give a
> bad impression of a commercial kitchen. Only the parent is allowed to teach
> their children safety and the parent will know all the dangers to look out
> for.
> Stefan
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