Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Background checks(long)
Fri, 9 Apr 1999 02:15:01 EDT
Okay list. As a parent would you let your child stay with a baby-sitter that
you had not checked every nook and cranny that was on a reference list, be it
personal or work related. I think not. It doesn't matter if the application
has a reference for "one week VBS teacher" find the church, check it out.
Ask about who was in the class. If they belong to other organizations. PTA,
4-H, VFW, or VFW Women's Aux. It doesn't matter. Call these places. If
they are employed, call them. If they were in a different council, call
them. It is worth all this trouble to know that you have checked on a
person's background good enough. There are ways of finding out. If the
person is young, ask where they went to school or college. Call them.
Above all, be up front. Every application I take, whether I have known the
person 10 minutes or 10 years, gets a very precise reference check. If need
be then a formal background check. As well as mine.
If a person has a problem with you asking the questions. Duh. That should
be your first flag. That right there would be enough for me to not want that
person with my child. Much less with the ones that I have an ultimate
responsibility of. Their parents have trusted me (the pack) with the parents
most beloved and cherished thing in their life. If a unit doesn't want to
check the backgrounds, and are haphazard about references. FIND ANOTHER ONE,
OR BETTER YET, implement ways to make sure references start getting checked.
A child, be it yours, or the person you can't stand, but their child is in
your pack, has got to be the most precious gift from God. It's worth a few
hours of your time to make sure that they have the leadership that is
necessary to protect them. It doesn't matter if it takes all day to follow
up on one person's references. DO IT. And be glad you did. It doesn't
matter who's child is in your unit. Every one of them deserve and demand the
respect you give them, by putting a little effort into protecting them.
I'm off of my soapbox now. You can tell this is a very touchy subject with
me. I won't go into details, but because someone slipped through the
"cracks" is not good enough when it comes to protecting a child. AND IT
I'm sorry this is long. This is a subject that should be real easy to
explain. It is not negotiable, The policies don't change. PROTECT THESE
PRECIOUS LITTLE GIFTS FROM GOD!
Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 374, Committee Chairman Pack 376, Unit
Commissioner, YPT Trainer
All Right, fate, take your best shot, and then leave me alone till the next