Day One Episode/ child abuse
Jim Holman (HOLMAN_JIM/OMGATE_OA@GATE.US.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Mon, 21 Jun 1993 08:41:18 -0400
Seems to me that a lot of the problem of 'bad guys' as scout leaders
could be avoided IF the Chartering Organization did its job in
screening leaders and keeping informed as to what is going on. And
it's not all their fault. I was present a couple of weeks ago as
our DE met with a potential CO and it seemed to me he gave awfully
light treatment as to the RESPONSIBILITIES of the CO. He mainly
stressed the liasson duties, place to meet, etc.
Viewing the Youth Protection Video is REQUIRED of all of our Resident
camp staff including the Junior Staff. It isn't yet a part of the basic
training for either cubs or scouts, but probably will be soon.
And, I don't see how BSA can be faulted for not sharing its list of
'undesireables'. We'd be spending a lot more defending libel suits
if we started giving out names, even well-intentioned, of people we
suspect of not being good risks for leading kids.
I don't know if it is a 'sign of the times', but we got the bad news
from our local United Way just last week. Our council's funding for
the past 4 years from my local UW has been: $45,000 --> $38,000 -->
$30,000 --> $20,000 next year. The overall goal has been increasing
and has been being met. (The GSA allocations have been much more
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