Re: Youth Protection
Anthony J. Mako (ajmako@APK.NET)
Mon, 9 Feb 1998 19:42:06 -0500
Let's see... [SFX wallet creaking open]
My handy dandy generic wallet training certificate only has the date I
received the training and no other information.
According to my Scoutmaster's Handbook explains what materials are available
and how to conduct Youth Protection training for Scouts and Scouters. It
doesn't specify a requirement concerning how often this training is to be
The note I have from the Old Portage District Training Chairman explains
that Great Trail Council requires that at least one registered adult leader
be trained in Youth Protection and be designated the Youth Protection
contact. It further explains that the council expects the unit to
participate in annual Youth Protection training.
Since February is Re-Charter month in OP, I can take a look at the Great
Trail Council Rechartering Requirements which say: "Two-deep leadership. A
qualified assistant must be active, registered, and trained with Fast Start
and Basic Training. Another assistant must be assigned the responsibility to
promote youth protection training and coordinate appropriate awareness for
parents and youth members." This is the "old" wording, before it was
presented to several units who immediately asked for clearification. The
Council has said that "at least one registered adult in the unit will be
Now that I've muddied up the waters, let me explain that our policy is that
someone from every unit should receive Youth Protection training every year.
It is left up to the unit to decide if it will be the same person every year
or not. In my unit it falls on me simply because I've already had the
training and several members of the committee (combined 150 years of
Scouting experience) have the attitude "we don't need no training!" My
number one assistant is the past Scoutmaster and a former camp director. He
has received the training but has never been through refresher training. I
learned several hundred years ago not to argue with him about training.
Aside: Have you ever noticed that the longer a Scouter is around the more
he/she feels they can pick and choose what training they will attend?
Usually, they will be first in line for something like Dutch Oven Cooking,
and suspiciously abscent for Youth Protection.
Anthony J. Mako, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scoutmaster, Troop 381
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