Re: Background Check
Mon, 24 Oct 1994 10:59:43 MST
>If the number of leaders is small, is it worth alienating 75% of the
>scouting movement to cleanup the 0.001% that need to be cleaned up? Is
>this the same as destroying the village in order to save it; or throwing
>out the bath water, baby, bathtub, and knocking down the house...?
>Maybe we are all reacting a bit harshly, and jumping to absurd
>conclusions without any substantial information (facts) but I am troubled
>by the implicit assumption of non-innocence in this. In the long run it
>will not bode well for scouting or any other volunteer youth organization.
If the statistics are near correct, than there are many more than .001%. As
difficult as it is for us to accept or believe, kids are being hurt.
I remember reading about a Scout Leader in the South East that branded all new
Scouts. This was perhaps 10 years ago. But the abuse had lasted a very long
time, and none of the kids told an adult, until a young boy became very scared
and ran away at a camp-out. In short, many, many kids can be hurt by just one
All teachers go through this, as well as all of us who work on Defense
Contracts. It is no problem. Sometimes just the act of checking does more
good than the results of the investigation. It may just keep new problems from
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City