May 19, 2021, by Victor Rivera
Important Message from Scout Executive, Wendy Shaw about Youth Safety
Dear Scout volunteers:
The safety of our youth is paramount and ongoing vigilance is necessary to create the most secure environment possible for our members. Please take a moment to check out the many resources available. Below are a few key components I’ve highlighted to ensure youth safety is always top-of-mind.
The BSA list of prohibited activities is regularly updated. To view the current listing see Activity Planning and Risk Assessment | Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org).
Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse are for the safety and well-being of its members. These policies primarily protect youth members; however, they also serve to protect adult leaders. Go to Youth Protection and Adult Leadership | Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org) for all the details on how you can do your part to protect our youth.
Below are key components of the Barriers to Abuse that should not be overlooked:
- All aspects of the Scouting program are open to observation by parents and leaders.
- The BSA does not recognize any secret organizations as part of its program.
- Hazing and initiations are prohibited and have no part during any Scouting activity.
- Discipline must be constructive.
- All adults involved in Scouting are required to adhere to the Scouter Code of Conduct.
- The buddy system should be used.
- The use of smartphones, cameras, drones, etc in places or situations where privacy is expected is prohibited.
Thank you for doing your part to ensure the safety of our members,
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