Re: Youth Protection
Brian L. Davis (brian@COR.GOV)
Thu, 24 Jun 1993 18:11:41 +22320726
Please do understand, that I was not passing a value judgement on the appropria
teness or effectiveness of youth protection programs, rather, I was pointing out
what I percieve as a potential problem.
As for "these programs being around for years", I agree, but I think it is untr
ue to claim that they have been *required* for years. It is my understanding th
at this is the first year any council has made this a requirement of any sort.
I'm currently serving in one of the nations largest councils (Circle Ten) and it
seems unlikely that we would be so far behind the rest of the nation, particula
rly in view of our proximity to Irving. Normally, we are their favorite guinea
My prior message to Mike was truncated somewhere, but I wanted to make the poin
t, that we, as experienced, long-term Scouters, have to beware of equating the n
eeds of Boy Scout Troops and Explorer posts to Cub Packs. They are *not* the sa
me. Often, the older Scouters have very little or no appreciation for the speci
al problems Cub packs are faced with, particulary regarding adult participation
in their packs. I've found, that there usually isn't much problem recruiting ad
ults to participate in Boy Scout age activities - normally adults enjoy them too
. But Cub activities and Dens are often devilishly difficult to staff with dec
ent leadership - adults just don't get enthused about Cub age activities and cra
fts. So what happens when you start trying to push already recalcitrant adults
into "boring training classes" (lordy how many times have we heard them describe
d that way), they can really get burned out in a hurry. And I think it's a litt
le unfair to the balky adults !
to characterize them as unloving u
ncaring parents for this - rather, they may simply not place the same importance
in the Scouting program that we do. Perhaps their interests and desires for th
eir children lie elsewhere. I believe in Scouting, but I am not so arrogant as
to believe it is the only way to raise children well.
That being said, I'll jump down off my box now.
Scoutmaster, Troop 117
Cubmaster, Pack 78
Circle Ten Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City