Re: Reference Checks for Scouters
Mon, 14 Oct 1996 07:42:11 -0400
What we do, and several other units in our district, is to tell the
applicant that we WILL be making inquiries regarding the applicants
answers. We then call or meet with the persons listed on the
application. The questions we ask and their responses are recorded on
the back of the last page of the application (unit's copy - note: open
the application up so you do not make imprints on the other sheets).
Two questions always asked are: 1) If they know of any adverse
information about the applicant that might be a cause for concern
regarding this person and children of any age or sex? 2) Would you be
willing to let this person go on an overnight trip with your child?
(We would have already told the person being interviewed of the two
deep leadership policy.)
We have also started (with in the last 4 years) contacting the local
youth protection agency and verifying that no reports have been made
against the applicant.
We keep the unit's copy and the notes from the interview in our files.
We do not trash any old applications.
Other common questions include the length of time and circumstances
that they knew the applicant. General impression the applicant has
made on them. We also ask if they know the type of work the applicant
does (this is to establish a difference between knowing the applicant
and knowing 'of' the applicant).
Hope this helps,
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Subject: Reference Checks for Scouters
Author: Kevin S Woods <kswoods@CHRISTA.UNH.EDU> at Internet
I am interested in knowing how units perform their reference/security
checks for new leaders.
The adult form does not really leave room for anything more than a name.
Kevin S. Woods Raymond, N.H.
Cubmaster Pack 100
Scoutmaster Troop 111
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City