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Boy Scouts of America Observes Youth Protection Month

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Boy Scouts of America Observes Youth Protection Month

Posted on 25 April 2011 by Press Release

In observance of April as Youth Protection Month, the Boy Scouts of America is working to raise awareness about the dangers and challenges facing youth, and to reiterate the BSA’s own policies and procedures to protect youth. This year, Scouting is encouraging local councils and individual Scouting units to focus on two critical areas: effectively recognizing and reporting child abuse, and Internet safety.

“Youth protection is—and has always been—of paramount importance to the BSA, and we continue to enhance our policies and procedures in line with the growing awareness of the dangers and challenges facing youth,” said the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive, Bob Mazzuca. “Scouting’s leadership works throughout the year to ensure we remain at the forefront of these important issues. Youth Protection Month provides an ideal opportunity for all of Scouting—including our volunteers and parents—to review important safety information with the children in our lives and to reaffirm our commitment to protect them.”

In July 2010, the BSA appointed Michael Johnson, an internationally recognized expert on child abuse investigation and prevention, as its first full-time Youth Protection director. Johnson and his team will continue to review the BSA’s policies, procedures, and training materials and recommend continued enhancements to ensure the BSA remains at the forefront of youth protection. Since last summer, the BSA has made the following enhancements to its youth protection efforts:

•Improved Tools to Encourage Prompt Reporting of Abuse: The BSA’s Youth Protection Team has increased and clarified national standards for reporting inappropriate conduct, which were published in the 2011 edition of the Guide to Safe Scouting. Additionally, the BSA is publishing a series of fact sheets to help volunteers recognize various types of abuse and is launching new online tools to encourage prompt reporting.
•Mandatory Training for All Adult Volunteers: Effective June 1, 2010, the BSA required all adult volunteers to complete Youth Protection training every two years in order to maintain their membership. Since that time, approximately 640,000 people have taken the training. Johnson also has led a series of in-person workshops to review safety information and ensure volunteers understand how to recognize and report abuse.
•Social Media Guidelines: In conjunction with Youth Protection Month, the BSA released guidelines for Scouts and Scouting’s adult leaders on how to safely use social media. These guidelines are available at: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Marketing/Resources/SocialMedia.aspx  and are part of the BSA’s continuing effort to enhance and expand its youth protection programs.

“Mike Johnson and his support team, made up of people from multiple disciplines, are already having a positive impact on our organization,” Mazzuca said. “When it comes to cultivating a safe environment, our message to all adult members is clear, ‘Youth protection begins with you.’™”

“The challenges and dangers facing today’s youth continue to change and expand,” Johnson said. “At all levels of the organization, Scouting takes very seriously its responsibility to adapt to these evolving needs. We are steadfastly committed to the continued advancement of these efforts. The BSA simply refuses to compromise on the safety of youth, and I am proud to be part of this organization.”

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information, please visit www.scouting.org.

Source: Boy Scouts of America

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BSA Response to Portland, Oregon Trial Outcome – April 23, 2010

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BSA Response to Portland, Oregon Trial Outcome – April 23, 2010

Posted on 24 April 2010 by Dan

The following is a response to the outcome to the Portland, Oregon Abuse Trial issued by the BSA on April 23, 2010:

The Boy Scouts of America continues to be deeply saddened by what happened to the plaintiff in this case more than 25 years ago. We would like to thank the jurors for their service and careful deliberations. Because this matter continues, the Judge has asked that the Boy Scouts of America refrain from comment on the specific allegations in that case.

The Boy Scouts of America has always stood against child abuse of any kind and is always looking for ways to improve its Youth Protection strategies.  The BSA has zero tolerance in Scouting for any action that does not uphold the BSA’s dedication to building good character in a safe environment. The Boy Scouts of America has a rigorous, nationwide system of checks and balances, in accordance with local laws, which keeps out of the program those individuals who should not be leading youth.  

For 100 years, the experience of being a Boy Scout has had a positive, lasting effect on the lives of 100 million young people. Each week, parents across America and their sons attend Cub Scout and Boy Scout meetings run by community volunteer leaders. The success of youth organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America depends on the trust and confidence of these parents and the community, and Scouting is doing everything in its power to earn that trust every day.  

Click here for more information about BSA’s Youth Protection materials.

Source: Boy Scouts of America Website

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2010 National Jamboree Staff Update

Posted on 20 June 2009 by Dan

A payment reminder was recently sent out via email to those individuals who have applied to be on staff. If you haven’t seen it, check your spam filters!

Here are a few highlights:

Payment Reminder:
The second 2010 National Scout Jamboree payment in the amount of $400 per person is due on or before July 31, 2009. Please keep in mind that a late penalty of $50 will apply if payment is not received on or before that date.

All staff payments must be submitted online utilizing the same process that was used when the original application and deposit were submitted. Payments CANNOT be accepted in the Jamboree Department. The only payment method acceptable is electronically.

Complete step-by-step instructions can be found on www.bsajamboree.org under the “Staff” section.

Jamboree Staff Patches:
Each staff member will receive a total of two staff patches. The Jamboree Department will mail the first patch for all submitted staff applications and paid deposits. The letter with this patch very clearly states:

“Congratulations on completing your jamboree staff application. If selected as a jamboree staff member, you will be joined by more than 7,500 Scouters committed to delivering a magnificent experience to our Scouts. The selection process can take some time. We appreciate your patience. In recognition of your first payment (deposit), you will find the official jamboree staff emblem enclosed for you to wear above the right pocket of your BSA uniform.”

The patch is in no way a guarantee of a staff position!

The second staff patch will be sent out starting in late February, 2010, to all accepted staff members who are current on their fees. (Fees should be paid in full by Jan. 31, 2010.)

Youth Protection Training:
Don’t forget your YPT! All trainings must be current within two years of arrival at the jamboree. If training is going to need renewal, take care of it now! Why wait? Training can be taken online at: http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.

Be sure to log in to the Staff EDIT form using the registration code on your jamboree application to update the expiration date upon completion of the renewal.

See you at the Hill!

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