The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 18, 2013

Boy Scouts

With reference to the Boy Scouts of America. The following information is from their website under Youth Protection.

The following items are stressed.

Leadership Selection -- The Boy Scouts of America take great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right.

The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. We work closely with our chartered organizations to help recruit the best possible leaders for their units.

Other guidelines under required training are: Youth Protection reporting procedure for violations; mandatory report of child abuse; steps to report child abuse and reporting violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies.

Scouting's Barriers to Abuse include: two-deep leadership is required on all outings; one-on-one contact between adults and scouts is prohibited; separate accomodations for adults and Scouts are required; privacy of youth is respected; inappropriate use of cameras, imaging, and digital devices is prohibited; no secret organizations; no hazing; no bullying; youth leadership is monitored by adult leaders; discipline must be constructive; appropriate attire for all activities; members are responsible to act according to the Scout Oath and Scout Law; units are responsible to enforce Youth Protectin Policies.

It appears to me that the BSA have in place an excellent set of guidelines to guard against child abuse and neglect.

Those who are promoting a change in this policy may have the right to practice their lifestyle in the United States, but that does not give them the privilege to impose it upon the BSA. If these individuals cannot abide by the guidelines already in place for the protection of the boys and girls, then let them either join another organization that allows their actions or start an organization for themselves. Why must they tear down a good program just to suit themselves?

Claude Mengle, Mifflinburg

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