FW: National Bulletin - Selecting Leaders
Dotson, Woodrow (Woodrow.Dotson@ABII.COM)
Wed, 8 Jul 1998 09:17:11 -0500
>>From: Merl Whitebook
>>Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 1998 6:15 PM
>>To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
>>Subject: National Bulletin - Selecting Leaders
>>Dear Fellow Scouters
>>During the previous week every Boy Scout/Varsity Scouting Unit Committee
>>Chairman received (or will receive) a letter from Jere Ratcliffe, Chief
>>Executive regarding "Selecting Quality Leaders"
>>I don really know what all this means or is intended to mean. Therefore I
>>will reserve comment, except to state the obvious:
>>1. This seems to shift the screening responsibility away from Scouting
>>I presumed it was, including criminal backround checks ect.) and places it
>>upon the Unit.
My understanding of the references was that checking these were always
on the Unit and the Chartered Organization. The Chartered Organization
"owns" and therefore is responsible for anything that happens with the
unit. This is hard to get through to some Chartered Organizations. My
understanding comes from reading the Cubscout Leaders manual and my
training to train other Cubscout leaders about 3 to 4 years ago. I am
now in Boy Scouts but I require our committee to call the references of
people applying even if they lived in town all their lives. This
actually strengthened our troop as the parents and new leaders
understand we take the protection of our boys seriously.
I thought the council and national did no checks except to run the names
against the database they maintain of leaders they have had problems
>>2. I better get busy, it will take me about a year before we can implement
>>all the requirments to introduce any new leaders into our troop.
>>I am interested in others comments. While the requirment for references are
>>not new, the emphasis clearly places a renewed sense of responsibility upon
>>the unit. And it probably should be. Its out boys!
As I said above it is ultimately the responsibility of the Chartered
Organization. They are ultimately responsible for all aspects of the
unit operations. They own the equipment, program, and liability should
anything go wrong.
My 2 cents worth. Thank you for your time.
ASM New Boys patrol
BSA Troop 363
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