Re: BSA: Drvings Scouts Home and YPP
Jesse E. Cross, III (JCROSS@BEOWULF.MHSL.UAB.EDU)
Mon, 24 Apr 1995 13:06:12 CST
You've heard from both camps. The hard-liners who say, if it
violates the written policy don't do it! The soft-liners who say,
no harm no foul.
The truth lies somewhere in between. *YOU* have to decide where
that somewhere is. The hard and simple fact is: The spirit of the
policy is to protect everyone involved in scouting, youth members
and adult volunteers. Then the lawyers got ahold of it and now the
policy exists to protect the BSA, not the youth, not the adult
The questions you have to ask yourself are:
Are the risks I'm taking worth what I'm trying to accomplish?
Am I taking too many or too big a risk?
Am I putting the object of my efforts (i.e. the youth) in danger?
Be prepared, the BSA will leave you hanging if they even suspect you
at some time violated the written policy.
Your best defense is to speak openly and frankly with the boys and
the parents of the boys involved. Let them know what risks you're
taking. *MAYBE* the will even help you. At the very least, you've
established an open line of communications!
/s/ Jesse E. Cross, III
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