Re: Church Youth Protection Training
Bob Haar (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Tue, 22 Aug 1995 10:05:15 -0400
> From: Drew Kress <Trip333@AOL.COM>
> The uniformed adult leadership of my Troop was notified today by our
> Chartered Organization's minister that all adult leaders responsible for
> youth groups that meet in his church (Episcopal) would be required to attend
> Youth Protection Training conducted by the Episcopal Church.
I wouldn't be too concerned. We have a similar process underway with
our sponsor, a Presbyterian church. They haven't gotten to any
leader training, but are currently reviewing the "youth protection"
procedures and policies of all the youth groups that are sponsored
by the church in any way. So far, the Boy Scout (troop & pack)
and Girls Scouts units look to be pretty well thought out and
implemented, but the church's own youth groups are where there is
nothing much in place.
I understand this is motivated both by concern for the youth and by
fear of liability. Both of these are real and legitimate concerns.
From the perspective of the church, the only way to have confidence
in the youth protection programs is to have a uniform set of
policies, including required training for the adult leaders,
and a uniform mthod for seelction those leaders.
Also remember that the sponsoring orgainzation *owns* the troop
and has the responsibility for providing and endorsing its
adult leaders. If they choose to require additional training,
it is within their power. They could go so far as to require
that all leaders by members of the church, but most churches
would not do so.
For many years, I was the Scouting Coordinator for the troop
and pack. As such, I was in the position of approving the
adult applications for people that I didn't know well. I would
have been happier if the church had a formal process in place
that defined what we should do before approving the applications.
Bob Haar (email: email@example.com )
Asst. Scoutmaster, BSA Troop 188, Clinton Valley Council, Michigan
Chippewa Lodge #29, WWW
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