Re: Youth Protection help
hilding holroyd (hilding@BLUESTONE.COM)
Wed, 15 Nov 1995 13:25:50 EST
> Question for the wisdom of Scouts-L:
> I am being told by professional scouters that it is
> acceptable for me to invite a scout to my house to work on
> my computer -if parents are informed and consent-.
> I didn't know that parental consent changes the YPP
> 'guidelines' prohibiting one-on-one contact. Does this sound
> wrong to anyone else out there? When I asked the question
> above at my council office, I was told it would be 'OK', that it
> fell into a "grey area", and I should "trust my gut."
> What do any of you think of this advice/interpetation.
> (BTW: Private E-mail are very welcome if you wish to remain
> anonymous --particularly if you're a lurking pro)
> Mike Derleth 75112.1671@CompuServe.com
> Volunteer Scouting affiliations withheld for confidentiality.
I am sending this to the list for general consumption.
Sometimes I think that YOUTH protection would be better
classified as ADULT protection.
YPP is something that I do not mess with. I have heard
too many horror stories. My wife is a teacher in the local
middle school (7th grade) and she has to watch youth and adult
protection, too. How soon before she will be required to have
another adult in the classroom for HER protection?
When I invite a Scout to my house for Merit Badge work (or Patrol
meetings, or Patrol Leader Conferences, etc.), I ensure that
there is someone else in the house, and nearby, as insurance. I also
register my wife with the troop committee so that when we are together,
we have 2 registered Scouters (she's also been Den/webelos Leader for 10
years too so it's not just window dressing). Of course, we would not like
to think that accusations are going to be made. However, I had one incident
where a father almost reached for a phone to call the police. Not a comfortable
In regards to what the "pro's" are saying. SURE, it's OK to invite
a Scout to your house. But I would not be alone in the house with him.
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman, Tr 250
Lakewood, NJ Jersey Shore Council
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