Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Catholic Church Sponsored Units
Catholic Church Sponsored Units
Tue, 3 Nov 1998 14:58:54 -0600
On Sunday, Nov. 1, Drew Mrenna wrote:
>We have started a new troop sponsored by a Catholic Church. I have heard
>that they (Catholic Church) are requiring background checks for adults
>working in their youth programs.
>Does this include Scout Units?
>The local church seems to be avoiding the issue. They do not know the
>answer. They figure if they do not ask, then they do not have to do it. I
>do not want the unit to get into trouble down the road if a situation
>My understanding that this policy is fairly new.
> <rest of message snipped>
We've never been in a Catholic unit, but still have some experience with
church policy on this from the religious education side of things. It's my
impression that the requirement for people working with parish youth to
have background checks is made at the diocesan level. In St. Louis (where
we just moved from), anyone in the parish working with youth, whether in
religious ed, sports, or Scouts, had to submit paperwork answering youth
protection questions similar to those on the current Scout adult leader
application. I'm not sure if the Archdiocese or parish actually went as far
as running background checks, but I guess they had that option if they
wished to do so.
If you can't get a clear answer from your parish, then you might check with
the Archdiocesan youth programs office in Baltimore (or whatever diocese
you happen to be in).