What is a laser game?
A laser game involved the use the use of laser guns in combat or target activity such as Laser Quest, Laser Tag and Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting.
Why the change to the rule?
Parental knowledge has always been required for laser games and this is still the case. You must make sure they know about the activity and they must give consent for their young person to take part.
What is meant by ‘parental permission’ to do this activity?
All under 18s taking part in laser games must have the permission of their parent/guardian. Before the activity, parents/guardians must be made aware of the risks of the activity and then be asked to give permission. This information may be passed on through the use of the activity information form, an email or a parent/guardian briefing. The parental/guardian permission can also be gained in a number of ways from a permission form to the parent/guardian dropping the young person off at the activity location.
When choosing how to do this, consider the age of the group and the interaction you normally have with the parents/guardian. For an Explorer Scout who arrives at meetings on their own an email or form may be more appropriate, whereas a Scout who is dropped off by the parent/guardian may it may be suitable to have verbal consent.