Pandora’s precious receptacle seemed harmless enough, appealing to look at and touch. But, a looming lock marked it as restricted. Do not open the box, said Zeus.
Unfortunately, she just couldn’t resist…bringing terror upon everyone.
Scouts do a lot of things. They learn, grow, experience, and immerse themselves in the world. But, there are some things that are restricted activities in the BSA just like Pandora’s box. Scouts can participate in these activities on their own time but not in the program.
Just a reminder, this is a list of ten restricted and unauthorized activities created at a national level for safe Scouting:
Got it? They may be fun, but they can only be used in council approved ATV programs.
2. Boxing, karate, and most martial arts are no-nos.
If you love judo, aikido, or Tai Chi, you’re in luck. Those are allowed. So, enjoy balancing your yin and yang.
3. Chainsaws and mechanical log splinters can be used with restrictions.
You must be over 18, trained, and following local laws on protective gear. So, most of your boys probably won’t be using a chainsaw. Dangling limbs just doesn’t sound like a great Scouting moment.
4. Exploring abandoned mines is not allowed.
Don’t do it. It’s not worth being crushed to death.
5. Varsity football teams and interscholastic or club football competition are unauthorized.
We love football. We love watching it and playing it. You can play football for fun in Scouting. But, if you want to be part of an organized Varsity football team, you’ll have to try out at school or elsewhere.
6. Using fireworks or watching fireworks is unauthorized unless a professional is involved.
Then, enjoy the display with a certified/licensed control expert.
7. You can’t sell fireworks.
The Boy Scouts says the following about firework selling: “The selling of fireworks as a fund-raising or moneyearning activity by any group acting for or on behalf of members, units, or districts may not be authorized by councils.” If you can’t use it, it makes sense you can’t sell it either.
8. No hang gliding, ultralights, experimental aircrafts, parachuting, or untethered hot air balloon rides.
You also can’t fly in a plane as part of a search and rescue mission (though that does sound cool).
9. No water chugging activities.
Chug. Chug. Chug. Chug! Slurping down water as quickly as possible can lead to serious health problems like hyponatremia.
10. Unless you are a law enforcement officer, you can’t bring a firearm to camp (or any other activity that is not specifically for shooting).
Breaking this rule could lead to issues. Really big issues.
Pandora had a box. She was told not to opened the box. But, she opened the box anyways. Bad things came out.
Don’t open the metaphoric box! Restricted activities are restricted for a reason. To get a full list of BSA’s restricted activities, click here.
Comment below on why you think these activities are restricted. Or, do you think some of them shouldn’t be?