Olan Watkins (o.watkins@GENIE.GEIS.COM)
Fri, 22 Sep 1995 04:06:00 UTC
There may be some good reasons why a parent would not want to register with
BSA. A person being in something like the federal protected witness program
where they are given a new identity. A person in a situation like that might
not want to leave any more tracks than they have to. However, you would
thing that the government would be able to provide them with Social Security
numbers and drivers license numbers that would not set off any alarms when a
check was run on them.
A parent just not wanting to sign the DRP statement does not cut much ice as
far as I am concerned. They are saying I have too much ethics to sign
something like that, but it is ok for my kid to swear a oath to do his duty
to God. There may be other valid reasons, but in general I don't think that
a parent that will not register for some reason or the other should ask to
do those jobs in Scouting that for the most part require that the person be
registered to perform those jobs.
In the case where at the last minute the registered leader had to drop out
of a scheduled campout, the campout should be cancelled if there are no
other registered leaders to take his or her place. In order to have a legal
activity, there must be at least one registered adult and someone that is
certified for youth protection training. I am not sure if it is required
that the unit youth protection person be registered, but all that I know of
have all been registered.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City