Re: Distinguished Commissioner A
Brian L. Davis (brian@COR.GOV)
Mon, 1 Aug 1994 09:25:09 -0500
Regarding the "Jumpin Jim"/Hazing question, let me give a Youth Protection
Hazing is a *very* serious problem. It is strictly forbidden in all
Scout programs, and should be considered a form of child abuse under our
"Hazing Prohibited. Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited and may
not be included as part of any Scouting activity"
-Youth Protection Guidelines c1993
In all cases where a violation of the youth protection rules might result
in a physical, sexual, or emotional injury to a child, the issue must be
reported to the Scout Executive. Sorry, but this issue is *not* one
which can be handled by *any* level of the District Leadership.
It is a fact, that many instances of sexual abuse which occur in
Scout programs originate in some form of initiation ceremony. And yes, boys
can and do sexually abuse other boys. This instance may have involved only
emotional abuse (and a *very* serious rules infraction), but the Youth
Protection Guidelines are fairly adamant - This isn't something to be
handled by the Volunteers.
So, the correct answer to the "Jumpin Jim" dilemma, is to immediately report
the hazing to the Scout Executive, and then butt out.
used to be an Eagle...
Youth Protection Chairman
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City