While some adults possess weapons for hunting and/or protection purposes, it is the policy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont, Inc. ((BBBSVT) that all agency volunteers agree:
1. To inform BBBSVT of the ownership of weapons or the presence of weapons in the home. BBBS staff will discuss the ownership of weapons during the volunteer’s interview and/or home assessment, and update that status for the life of the match. For purposes of this policy, “weapons” may include all firearms, handguns, zip guns, knives (except for kitchen knives and small pocket knives not used or intended for use as a weapon or to inflict bodily injury) and explosive devices.
2. To ensure that weapons and ammunition are inaccessible to the child assigned to you by BBBSVT and to any other child participating in a BBBSVT activity, while the child is under your supervision. The means of ensuring the inaccessibility will be discussed during the interview and/or home visit.
3. To adhere to the policy that a volunteer will not carry a concealed handgun at any time while accompanying the child assigned to you by BBBSVT or accompanying any other child participating in a BBBS activity, even if you have a permit to carry a weapon (with the exception of law enforcement officers who are required to carry a weapon at all times and have received prior approval from BBBSVT).
4. To understand that BBBSVT will disclose to the parent or guardian of the child assigned to you by BBBS the agency’s weapons policy and the volunteer’s admission of weapon ownership or the presence of a weapon in the home. The parent/guardian and the volunteer will sign an acknowledgement of the ownership of a weapon and the form will be kept in the child’s permanent file.
5. To obtain permission from the child’s parent/guardian and from BBBSVT before engaging in any activity in which a weapon may be used with the child assigned to you by BBBSVT or with any other child participating in BBBSVT activities.
6. To abide by any other policy or procedure that BBBSVT may put into effect regarding weapons.
7. BBBSVT, along with the State of Vermont require that a child under the age of 18 must participate in a gun safety course prior to using a firearm. We ask that a Volunteer provide their BBBSVT staff member a copy of the completed gun safety course prior to engaging in activities with weapons.