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Boy Scouts' Youth Protection Program

Posted: Updated: Oct 1, 2012 06:03 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - In a new development, the Supreme Court in Oregon upheld a ruling saying the Boy Scouts of America is now required to release a list of ineligible volunteers for a 20 year period from 1965 to 1985.

Local Boy Scout leaders here tell us how they are protecting our youth from abuse and suspicious scout leaders.

Scout Executive, David Sorrell says, "Northeast and Central Louisiana feels very confident and comfortable with the leadership."

Sorrell says anyone who wants to become a leader must first get approved by a charter partner which could be a civic organizations or church that works with boy scouts, these organizations help recruit and approve leaders.

The Boy Scouts' motto is youth protection begins with you, and that's one of the training videos potential volunteers and leaders have to watch.

Sorrell says, "it then generates a certificate for them that they print out once they print that certificate out then they attach it to their application that's been approved by the local chartering partner, and signed by one of the local and then we begin actually processing the application."

Sorrell also says anyone can become a leader, and you don't have to be involved with the boys scouts before, you can join as your child does; "if you can read at a fourth grade level you can be a successful adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America so we encourage the parents to be involved with their sons in this program and I like to tell people all the time this is a family oriented program."

Sorrell says he thinks this process has worked so far, "we've had a very successful rate of ensuring that the folks our young people are interacting with are of high moral character and standard within the community."

If you're interested in getting your child involved with Boy Scouts, you can contact them at 318-325-4634 or go to their website www.louisianapurchase.org.

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