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Recent Developments in New York Regarding Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities - Part- 2

A New York court ruled that a church might be legally responsible for injuries occurring during the activities of a Boy Scout troop sponsored by the church.

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Key point.Churches may be legally responsible for injuries occurring during activities conducted by scouting and other outside youth-serving organizations that are sponsored by the church.

A New York court ruled that a church might be legally responsible for injuries occurring during the activities of a Boy Scout troop sponsored by the church. An 11-year-old boy was a member of a Boy Scout troop sponsored by a local church. He was injured while sledding on a Boy Scout camping trip to a camp that was owned by a regional Boy Scouts organization. The victim's parents sued the scoutmaster in charge of the trip, the national and regional Boy Scouts organizations, and the sponsoring church. The parents claimed that the negligence of the scoutmaster in permitting the troop to go sledding in a prohibited area resulted in their son's injuries, and that the Boy Scouts organizations and the church ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • November 1, 1999

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