Re: BSA: future adult registrations ????
Deb Williams, CPA (DEBW@VTVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 2 Mar 1995 08:00:26 EST
From: Deb Williams, CPA
Controller's Office: Financial Reporting Section
Virginia Tech 201 Southgate Center 0312 (703) 231-8556
Thanks for your comments Tony!
IMHO I am surprised to hear Don, that a council or troop committee would
even consider not registering folks. I'm always confused when folks get
upset about criminal record checks. That's probably because neither myself
or my husband have ever held a job that didn't require a criminal record
check as a prerequisite to employment. He has only worked for private
industry employers and I've worked for private industry, state and local
governments (over 20 years in the work force).
If you don't have a criminal record then you have nothing to hide.
If you do, I'm not sure I want you working with children. Naturally a
criminal record check won't be an assurance that we as leaders are "safe"
to work with children, but it does eliminate one area of uncertainty.
Its also a painless (unless you have one) procedure. You sign a form;
they send in the form to the public safety folks performing the service;
and they get a report.
I never felt it was an invasion of my privacy. I always thought it was
just another indicator that I am a trustworthy individual.
I'd register my adults and tell them the check is a formality--it is.
If they refuse, you may be a volunteer short, but I bet you'll also find
yourself with some doubts on the ones that refused the check. :(
Ahhh the electronic age where we can talk around the world in moments
and everyone but you can find out what everyone else knows about your
personal and private :< life.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City