Issue of abuse in past in leaders
Scott Linscott (slinscot@BIDDEFORD.COM)
Wed, 27 Sep 1995 09:19:52 -0400
As the new chairman of our pack committee, I'm seeking your wisdom on a matter.
One of our Den's is in need of a leader. An application was submmitted by a
guy who has a questionable reputation (mostly, he puts people off) but there
was no specific indication of any one offense that would eliminate him from
being considered for leadership. After much discussion and hesitation the
committee approved him with a condition of direct supervision.
Now two days later he has already stated how he is going to "get around" BSA
rules and how he doesn't need training because he was in the service. Last
night at a school function, he told a group of a dozen parents that he was
abused as a scout on a camping trip by a leader who came into his tent.
The pack committee is seeing that we made an error in appointing him. We
should have followed our gut instinct.
My question? Is there a poilicy that speaks specifically to the issue of
leaders with histories of sexual abuse in their childhood? What do you
suggest we do?
Thanks for your help.
Pack Committee Chair
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City