Re: BOR & ASM's
Henry Knowles (knowles@ESCMAIL.ORL.MMC.COM)
Tue, 7 Feb 1995 13:26:35 EST
Settummanque, the blackeagle <WKUVX2::WALTOML> wrote:
> The BSA only wants FIVE men or women at the most to serve as Assistant
> Scoutmaster. <snip>
> The intent is to keep as few adults as possible from being in an
> position to "do something negative to children". If you had a Troop
> with 18 adults ALL registered as Assistant Scoutmasters, the ability
> for one of those adults to harm a Scout increases significantly.
> Therefore, if you had a limited number of adults *activily involved
> with youth members*, your abuse risk drops significantly.
This is the first I've heard of this policy, and my troop rechartered
in December. Is this a new policy? If so, when will it be publicized?
My troop has more than 5 Assistant Scoutmasters who are Scouts who
earned their Eagle in my troop, turned 18 in the last couple of years,
and want to continue giving service to Scouting. Since Asst. SM is the
ONLY position that I can register them (as far as I know), what do I
do? They are in addition to other Asst. SM's, including one for New
Scouts and one for Venture.
Finally, I have a comment about keeping adults from harming the Scouts.
Mike, I know you are merely quoting the official line of reasoning
behind the policy, but this is one of the silliest policy justifications
I've heard lately. Maybe my troop is unusual, but we allow parents
and members of the committee as well as the SM and Asst. SM's to
take part in any activities they wish. They are welcome at troop
meetings, campouts, service projects, etc. So what's the difference
in the "potential for harm" between an Asst. SM on a campout and the
same person on a campout, yet registered as a member of the troop
committee? None, IMHO.
Scoutmaster, Troop 911
Lodge Advisor, Tipisa Lodge 326
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City