Re: Background Check
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Tue, 25 Oct 1994 08:09:33 -0800
I'm not going to quote all of the different messages, but would like to =
add my .02 worth.
First, I'm not opposed to background checks. I have one done against me =
every year by the Youth Soccer League so that I can coach soccer. It =
costs them aprx. $15, which is spread across the youth fee (I don't have =
to pay it).
Second, I think there is a deeper issue than background checks. The =
background checks would ONLY check those leaders who submit to it. Look =
at your units today! Honestly...how many units have 100% of their leaders =
registered. Now don't write me back saying EVERY LEADER SHOULD BE =
REGISTERED, with all the consequences and whatever. You'd be preaching to =
the choir! I know it, you know it, we all know it! BUT... it still =
happens. Units trying to save money on registration costs may not =
register every leader. For the arguments sake, lets say that there are =
10% of the total number of leaders NOT REGISTERED. How is a background =
check going to protect the boys from them? It won't! OK, you say...they =
can't be leaders! Well what is preventing them from being leaders right =
now, when they continue to be leaders but don't register. So you say, =
'it's the charter organization responsibility to register those leaders.' =
Yes, but where is the force that is enforcing this with the Charter =
PR wise a background check is a good publicity tool. 'See we run =
background checks on all of our leaders, so there are no known convicted =
pedeophiles in our midst.' We appease the public, but the problem still =
So do I have the answers! No...but I know the questions and thats the =
first step in moving toward a solution.
Anyway....this has been my 2-cents worth of bandwidth. I'll step down now =
and relinquish the Soap-box to the next scouter.
In Scouting . . .
Peter Van Houten
Peter Van Houten / E-Mail: =
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City