Re: MB Counselors
Michael Holmes (MHolmes@MAIL.CORETECH.COM)
Fri, 11 Aug 1995 08:15:08 +0000
I must be dense, but I don't understand how a Scoutmaster would know who is
an approved counselor if there is no list? How would such a Scoutmaster
help a boy select an appropriate counselor if there is no list? How can
the Service Center tell whether the signature on the MB card is that of an
approved counselor if there is no list? In short, how can you operate
according to BSA rules if there is no list?
IM(not so)HO, a council that does not thoroghly vet it's adult leaders
(including MB counselors, who must fill out an adult application, which
asks for character references), is asking for a lot of legal trouble.
Should the worst occur, and a child be molested by a MB counselor not
properly registered and vetted, your council could wind up on the wrong end
of a serious law suit and the BSA WILL NOT DEFEND YOU nor will their
insurance cover you.
Worse yet, by your failure to properly vet each applicant, you may have
contributed directly to the molestation of a young person. Could you live
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City