Re: Help Request - Quality Unit Requirements
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Wed, 18 Oct 1995 09:52:43 -0500
Actually, the forms are different. The BS troop quality unit
requirement REGUIRES an TRAINED (having attend the 90 min.
DISTRICT/COUNCIL Youth Protection training, out into every council
(free to them) this past summer) and promote training attendance by
all registered leaders to future youth protection training. By the
way, the ypt has been going on since 1987 and although continually
updated and fine-tuned, has always been supposed to be offered by
districts and councils and ---note this: tracked. Northeast Ill
council has and does, indeed, track this information on their council
records, and monthly sessions are offered at the district level.
The CS requirement also remains that TRAINED (90 version) leader must
be in the unit for the 1995 year.
In the Scouting Magazine many, many months ago, there was a completed
discussion on these changes, and that it was supposed to be for 1994
QU, but was postponed to 95 QU because of late notice in 1994 to
councils and thus units.
This should be a major clue --the information has been in our councils
since late 1994. EVERY year there is a new official Quality Unit
form, and most every year there is a change or two in it. i.e.
two-deep trained leadership one year; outdoor program, another year;
I attended the YPT (90 min) new and updated training in August 1995 in
my council (Northwest Suburban) and after that time, the Scouting mag
"news briefs" explained that the "unit" ypt trained person was to:
insure participation in the district/council regularly offered
training (90 min version) and to insure the video presentation to
parents, and to boys as they are written to present. STRONG caution
was made (and should be) that the unit person is NOT a counselor or
trained behavioral scientist, and should not be expected to respond or
deal with in depth questions.
This process, since 1987, has been a gradual "wake up" call for our
volunteers, many of whom had no idea that we have always been charged
with the health and safety of this kids and thus required to report
any suspected abuse.
Sorry about my soap box --- but the info is so important and has been
out there so long -- local councils either don't want to or don't know
how to handle it. It's pretty simple. Get a video projector -- set a
time and place and do it. Our kids are more than worth it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City