My commiserations to the Scouts Association who recently suffered a defeat in a case, involving playing "Objects in the Dark", that they had brought before the House of Lords.
In 2001 Mark Barnes, then 13, had damaged his shoulder whilst playing "Objects in the Dark" at the 237th troop's hall in Castle Bromwich.
The game involved running around a pile of wooden blocks in the middle of a room then, when the lights were switched off leaving only a residual glow from emergency exits, rushing into the centre to pick up a block.
The scout left without holding a block would be out.
An MRI scan in 2007 showed that Mr Barnes had a "permanent impaction injury", which meant he would always suffer pain when the shoulder was under stress.
Although he was still able to play rugby, he was awarded £7,322 in January 2010.
The Scout Association disputed the award on the grounds that it was a damaging example of the "nanny state".
The Lords rejected the appeal. However, Lord Justice Jackson dissented and noted that it was not the function of the law "to eliminate every iota of risk or to stamp out socially desirable activities".
In order for children to mature into well rounded, responsible adults they need to be able to face/manage risk. Wrap kids in cotton wool and they will grow into immature, self centred timid adults.
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