Day One Story -- a very brief synopsis
Gavin D. Watt (GDW@CCCS.UMN.EDU)
Fri, 18 Jun 1993 11:28:49 -0500
I had been waiting for the flurry on this list and also on
rec.scouting where it has also not appeared. I caught the latter
part of the story, here's what I garnered:
1) Scout leaders have buggered boys; some been caught, some been
tossed out, some incidents covered up. Mean, sharp BSA lawyers
keep the damage well controlled. This is a common occurance --
the reporter posed amid piles of files.
2) Although obviously at risk BSA does not take effective steps
to screen for and prevent the entry or, worse, the re-entry of
pedophiles into the organization. Another organization with a
similar problem, Big Brother/Sisters, complained that BSA refused
to share its black list of known bad guys -- even denied that it
3) BSA _has_ training, orientation materials in place on the 'bad
touch' problem. The program noted that scout leaders are not
protrayed as bad guys in any of the scenarios. [I took the Cub
Scout Leader 101 course a couple of years ago and was impressed
by the emphasis BSA had put on this serious, important problem
and the quality of the materials -- don't remember seeing leaders
4) Program noted the 'always 2 adults' policy as a good step then
gave an example of a troop run by a pair of pedophiles.
5) Several pedophiles 'testified'. One notable comment was that
scout groups are generally so desperate for leaders that once he
got out of jail he'd have no trouble getting back into scouting.
6) The usual 60 Minutes-style excoriation of a BSA exec (didn't
catch his name) who didn't have good answers when asked tough
questions. (see #1,2 above)
7) NO mention of the part of the story that I saw about BSA vs
homosexuals and all that.
DISCLAIMER: This was 2 or 3 days ago. Didn't take notes. Just
acting as the re-reporter here. The story was well done -- just
the right sense of balance to convince a reasonable viewer that
this was a 'fair' report of a bad situation. Day One appears to
be aimed at the 60 Minutes not the Current Affairs market.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City