Re: Youth Protection reporting
Bruce A. Black (BruceBlk@AOL.COM)
Sat, 8 Apr 1995 18:54:44 -0400
Paul H. Brown asked:
"I'm interested to know what the mechanics are within the BSA profession
when abuse is reported. If abuse by a scouter is alleged, I assume that
the scouter is immediately suspended from scouting. What investigation by
BSA is made? When (if ever) is the scouter reinstated if the allegations
of abuse are unfounded? Does the SE or DE conduct his (her) own
investigation, or is a report to the gendarmes made and that is the end of
I asked my Scout Exec about this, and was initially astounded to find that
national policy is that a scouter accused of abuse is IMMEDIATELY issued a
letter of separation from the program, no questions, no investigation.
However, the letter does spell out the procedures for reinstatement.
This sounds very unfair, but I realized it is for the protection of the
program and the boys. My SE emphasized that no accusation he is aware of has
ever turned out to be unfounded, so the assumption has to be "unfit to be a
Scouter until proven otherwise.
Don't know if this is true nationally, but our council reports the incident
to state authorities immediately and does no investigation of its own. Only
if the Scouter is eventually cleared by the state is he/she eligible for
Bruce Black, Morris-Sussex Area Council, NJ
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City