Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Wed, 26 Apr 1995 11:26:51 -0500
At 04:00 PM 4/25/95 GMT, Ken Schneider wrote:
>If these were to protect the leader, the leader could far more
>efficiently implement them as he (or she) chooses.
>Au contraire, their _imposition_ by the BSA is to protect BSA Inc.,
>pure and simple. Their only practical effect is to allow the BSA
>to wash its hands of damages and leave those leaders not following
>these absurdly onerous set of doctrines fully exposed -- and
>completely on his/her own -- with respect to lawsuits. Remember,
>in conjunction with this, that any BSA leader even accused is
>automatically kicked out of the association pending his/her ability
>to clear him/her-self on his/her own efforts and at his/her own
>expense. Wachet auf!
>If the French, English and German don't get through to you, I don't
>know how else to say it, although a bit of Russian can't help but
>occur to me: yeboot e fameleyu ne sprashevayoot -- after all, that
>_is_ the language of the other great central management bureau of
>recent vintage; you know, the other ones claiming that everything
>they did was for the good of the people...
I find your comments about this subject way out of line. Although what you
are saying is not completely wrong, your tone is one of someone with a chip
on your shoulder. BSA is doing its best to protect itslef and the program
they are providing for the Scouts. PERIOD. Although I find their procedures
occassionally overzelous, their intent is to keep the program going and
reaching as many boys as possible. The methods of accomplishing this is to
provide as much protection for the Scouts and Scouters as they can
I, myself, am a strict adherent to the YPP. I see it as a way of keeping
any unfounded accusations from hurting me or my family. As a Scouter
without a Scout frommy family in the program, I see many ways a misguided
Scout can threaten the well-being of my family life. Since this is
something I refuse to let happen to me, I follow the YPP guidelines strictly.
IF a Scouter follows the guidelines, there should be NO WAY any accusation
can be proved. There just wouldn't be opportunity to justify the
accusation. As others said, anyone who is inclined to violate a youth will
do so but will be breaking the YPP to do such. And therefore the policy is
As for tour permits, I feel many councils have abused them. Usually they
have found some cause to do such. Whether that cause is justified, I cannot
say. On the other hand, a tour permit used properly will save those people
involved in an incident some headaches. Just because the actual number of
incidents are relatively low, it doesn't mean this step should be left out.
That would be the same logic as not having insurance because you have never
had an accident.
| Marc W. Solomon | Unit Commissioner |
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