BSA: Re: BSA scouting image
Thu, 22 Dec 1994 09:21:15 -0700
Mike Walton writes...
"The problem was that those BSA volunteer and three professionals
"would sometime get into shouting matches with those that disagreed
"with the BSA's emerging stance on the "three Gs".
EMPHASIS ON -
"This is also a major reason why the BSA will NOT provide, as a
"standard course, a "national spokesman" to appear on national shows
"to state the BSA point-of-view.*)
EMPHASIS OFF -
I wonder how many of you saw the episode of "Hard Copy" or one of
those type shows several years ago, that addressed the issue of child
molestation in BSA? It was complete with 3 or 4 "victims" stating
their experiences, and why they wouldn't allow their boys to be
involved in Cub or Boy Scouts.
There was a BSA rep on that program, purportedly from the National
Office, who came off looking like a fool. He couldn't answer but a
few of the questions exactly, and couldn't state some of the policies
verbatim. He couldn't even tell why the problems had occurred, or
exactly what was being done to prevent their re-occurance.
Why was this? To be very blunt about it, he was "bushwacked", or "set
up" by the show's producers. According to the explanation that I was
given by the local council, he had been asked to come on to address a
different topic, and was prepared to speak about that topic. He was
NOT prepared to talk about these cases or the issue of child molestation.
The interesting thing to me was that in NOT ONE of these cases was
BSA Official Policy followed by the local units.
That is probably why BSA will NOT provide "official spokesmen" on any of
these "news" or talk shows.
Just my $0.02!
Chuck Bramlet, ASM Troop 323
Thunderbird District, Grand Canyon Council
I didn't used to be anything! (Except younger) Maybe someday...
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