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Vittorio Sanguineti (sangui@DIST.DIST.UNIGE.IT)
Thu, 27 Apr 1995 09:05:32 -0600
this my presentation message.
My name is Vittorio Sanguineti, I am a post-doc at he University of Genova
(Italy) and scouting has played (and is playing) a crucial role in my
life: I am 31 and spent 12 of them as a scout - cub scout, boy scout, rover -
and 9 as a scout leader.
I am member of the Associazione Guide e Scout Cattolici Italiani
(Association of Italian Catholic Scouts and Girl Guides, AGESCI) and leader
of a Clan of Rovers - 25 boys and girls, aging 17-20 - (the final step of our
I could not be able to understand what is the corresponding part of the
BSA program. Is there any WWW page sinthesizing how the BSA program
(BTW, if you are interested to AGESCI,
check this URL: http://www.crs4.it/~gavino/agesci.html)
Am I the only Italian scout there? Are there any non-US scouters in the list?
I joined the list a week ago and I was quite involved by all the discussions
about the YPP stuff, so I would like to give my contribution.
In my opinion, the problem of protecting young scouts from abuses is basically
related to that of selecting/recruiting/training of leaders and can
be hardly solved by setting up formal rules of 'safe' behavior.
I will try to give some arguments from what I experienced in my scout
First off all, different from BSA (at least, this was my perception in
reading msg in the list), most of our leaders are recruited among former
scouts (though this is not sufficient), instead of among parents or adults
entering scouting from the 'outside world'.
I don't think this is an advantage, but there is no doubt that it
provides a 'natural' form of selection: 'a scout is clean'
and 20 year-old rovers should have well interiorized the scout law.
Second, in my association completion of the training program for leaders
is required to become a scout leader and to have the responsibility of
leading a pack, a troop, or a clan.
This guarantees quality of training and, even more important, quality of
Third, all leaders belonging to the same scout group
(pack(s)+troop(s)+clan(s)) (and only them) form the Leaders' Commitee
(Comunita' Capi) which is, as a whole, responsible for the quality/fitness of
the training programs and activities provided by the single scout units,
as well as for quality/fitness (including 'clean' attitudes) of leaders.
The Leaders' Committee is responsible for matching the scout program with
the local needs, for a very strong program of permanent training for
leaders (essentially based on experiencing - we are scouts! - and on
sharing/discussing personal difficulties weaknesses).
This has been revealed a very powerful way to get an high standard in our
training programs (less critically dependent on skills of single leaders),
to prevent problems and conflicts and also for solving
them (e.g. people unsuited to be a scout leader) in a 'soft' way.
Is there any permanent training program for adult leaders in BSA?
I hope my contribution could be of some interest
(I have to come back to my work now).
YiS and 'Buona Strada'
AGESCI Gruppo Genova 55
Clan 'Croce del Sud'
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