Re: Issue of abuse in past in leaders
Ted Burton (tedburtn@CRIS.COM)
Thu, 28 Sep 1995 07:45:33 -0600
>As the new chairman of our pack committee, I'm seeking your wisdom on a matter.
>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?
If he will not commit to go to training, or will not commit to follow the
program, remove him immediately. Not because he was an abuse victim, but
because " he is going to 'get around' BSA rules and ... doesn't need
training because he was in the service." This is mutiny. If he truly
values his military training he will understand that mutiny leads to
I have been in the service as an enlisted man and as an officer, and
relationships among Scouts and in Packs and Troops is entirely different.
Scouting skills are useful in the military, but military training and Scout
training are quite different, and leadership of men is different from
encouraging leadership in boys. Further, 'getting around Scout rules' is a
p-poor attitude toward the program. He wants to start his own youth
program, let him go elsewhere to do it. To run a Scout unit like a military
organization is to deviate basically from the whole idea.
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