Curiosity between GSA and BSA
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 16:36:33 -0600
My wife is working on a joing BSA/GSA project, entitled "In-School
Scouting." In the process of one of her training sessions today, some of
the people, all of whom are girl scout leaders, began comparing stories
of abused children they have had in their troops, or children who were
neglected in some manner, ie, parents who simply "forgot" to pick the
kids up, etc. The GSA equivalent to a district executive stated that
rare is the troop that does not have such problems.
This gets to my question. I have been in BSa for almost 20 years. There
has been, in my local experiences, the "sensational" story of abuse, but
I have never heard of it being stated as "almost every troop has this
sort of problem." Even at my Adult Leader Basic course, someone asked a
hypothetical question about suspected abuse, and no one had enough
experience, except the DE present, to answer the question.
The conclusion today at the in-school meeting was that it almost seems to
be more prevalent in girl scouts than boy scouts, or that is more likely
to happen to girls than boys, or something equally ambivalent. The
answer definately was NOT girl scout leaders are more sensitive to the
issue than boy scout leaders.
This is rather vague and rambling, I imagine, but I'm curious about
others experiences (without specific incidents) in this realm. Are my
experiences, and the shared experiences in my district (from training)
unique, even for living in a major metro area?
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
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