Hearts and Minds
Lewis P. Orans (LewisO@AOL.COM)
Thu, 9 Feb 1995 21:19:07 -0500
Thanks for providing a logical, well researched and fact-based discussion of
our (our movement - the BSA, that is) approach and policy on Youth
Protection. The often repeated posts condemning the restrictions on freedom
of action seem to bypass the less regulatory side of this program.
While one can look at the need for a YP program based on sad experience in
many youth serving organizations, there is another side. The BSA's YPP gives
youth a better understanding of the risks and appropriate reactions (the
three R's in Time to Tell) and YPP provides some common sense guidelines for
leaders working with youth. It is not just about the potential for abuse by
Scout Leaders at all. YPP is a recognition of the "at risk" situation in our
society. Physical and other abuse are a real, evident and documented problem.
As leaders in the finest youth serving organization for boys, we owe it to
these kids to lead the way and be the safe haven we have always sought to be.
Thanks for the positive views.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City