Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Youth Protection - What's the straight word?
Re: Youth Protection - What's the straight word?
Thu, 2 Dec 1999 11:25:21 EST
> The G2SS is a minimum
> standard set by the BSA. The councils can require stricter standards on
> issue if they so desire, however they can not reduce the minimum standard.
> If any one disagrees I suggest they call their council office and see what
> they say.
I am going to have to challenge this. I will concede that if local law
requires a different procedure, that different procedure must be followed,
but I disagree that a Council can set any higher standards for anything than
what National requires. Ultimately this leads to a lack of uniformity with
the program across the nation and that is to be avoided. I would ask to see
a reference or citation that permits higher local standards.
Please understand that I am not challenging the idea that more folks is
better than fewer folks, that is certainly true, and Neil Lupton (the
original poster) would be the first to agree with you. I simply challenge
the idea that a council can alter G2SS rules to suit itself, even if higher
standards are suggested. Here's an example of an absurd interpretation of
that rule. How bout if the Council decided that no meeting could take place
unless every parent was present so that the interests of a particulary child
were fully protected? Clearly an arguably good thing, but well in advance of
G2SS rules, and I believe not possible to do (unless compelled by local law).
Please cite your authority for the position you take.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet