Open Letter to Patriots’ Path Council
You may have heard a lot in the media lately about the BSA “ineligible volunteer” files. These files, which were maintained by the National office, have been maintained since the early days of our organization. The files list the names of people who are deemed unsuitable for membership in the Boy Scouts of America because of their inappropriate behavior; primarily sexual abuse. The files have never been secret. They have been reported on in newspapers, books, and other media, but were kept confidential because experts agree that confidentiality is a key component of effective reporting.
Currently, BSA’s standards and relentless focus on youth protection have been recognized and praised by experts in child protection.
The National Council acknowledges, “There have been instances where people misused their positions in Scouting to abuse children, and in certain cases, our response to these incidents and our efforts to protect youth were plainly insufficient, inappropriate, or wrong. Where those involved in Scouting failed to protect, or worse, inflicted harm on children, we extend our deepest and sincere apologies to victims and their families.”
Please remember, that we at Patriots’ Path Council want to know of even a hint of inappropriate behavior toward our youth. There is no greater asset to our council than your child.
Please view the response from the National Office.
National Council Response Regarding the BSA Ineligible Volunteer Files from 1965-1985
Tom Pepe Wayne Hampton Dennis Kohl
Council President Council Commissioner Scout Executive