Counties Should Not Be Supporting Any Boy Scouts of America Scouting Unit
Operation of the local Explorer Post could be switching hands.
David Baugh, who works for the local Boy Scout Council, appeared before the Clark County Fiscal Court Monday asking
it to support a county takeover of the program - which allows Boy and Girl scouts to "see what being a fireman/EMT
is all about." The city operates the program, but has determined it no longer can support it, Baugh said,
noting it was his understanding there was no longer much interest among city firefighters in heading the program
In Kentucky, those that participate can get all firefighting training prior to their 18th birthday and on their
18th birthday, be certified by the state in all of the courses they've taken. The benefit to the scouts who participate
in the program, Baugh said, is they can go on to careers in firefighting/EMS. Boys and girls between ages 15.5
and 21 and who have completed the eighth grade are eligible.
Baugh said he also proposed that in addition to the Explorer Post, a Venturing program be added. Venturing is a
youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America "designed to provide positive experiences to help young
people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults."
Baugh noted that nearly all activities related to the program are administered on site at the fire station. Liability
coverage is furnished by the Boy Scouts of America, he said, noting the local Boy Scout Council also carries a
$6,000 policy - with a $6,000 limit - to cover things such as broken bones.
Scouts that participate pay $1 a year to cover the council-provided insurance, Baugh said. He also noted that other
than incidental costs, there essentially would be no cost to the county as participants pay $20 per year to be
a member of the Explorer Post.
Magistrates expressed concern about the fact the insurance might conflict with the county's liability/insurance
coverage. Clark County Judge/Executive John Myers suggested County Fire Chief Maynard "Mac" McGever set
up the program the way he thinks it should be administered and that the issue be brought back before the commission
with answers to magistrates' questions about insurance at a later date.