Re: Leader Eligibility Question
- On Tue, 23 Jul 2002 16:10:52 -0700, "Sean Scott"
What I'm looking for is referenceable, quotable, documented BSA
policy, NOT opinion or guesswork or assumption, that supports this
individual being allowed or prevented from becoming a leader.
I'm not certain you'll find any such thing. What I'm aware of is:
(a) There is (or was at one time) a BSA restricted "policy /
prodedure" document available to Council Executives, which I *think*
is called Maintaining Membership Standards. Ask your CE/DE to check
that specific documentation. It may or may not help.
(b) A few years ago the unit recharter materials included a letter
to all unit committee chairs and unit leaders about it being the
responsibility of the UNIT to conduct reference checks and criminal
record checks before submitting the individual's application to the
(c) The law varies from state to state. Some councils in certain
states are required by law to conduct criminal record checks for all
applicants. In addition to requiring the council to conduct the
record checks, the law probably documents what convictions are
barriers to registration and for how long ... which may also vary
from state to state. Other councils in other states leave records
checks to the discretion of the unit leadership.
(d) Policies may also vary from council to council. It is possible
that your council's executive board may have established policies
that are more restrictive than other council's in your state.
In the absense of anything more definitive, I would look to the
membership application itself. It requires three signatures: the
committee chairman, the chartered organization representative, and
the council executive (or representative thereof). If either the CC
or COR say "no", and in this case the CC in question "initially"
said "no", I think that ends the matter ... at least until / unless
that CC changes his / her mind or is replaced. If those two
signatories both say "yes", then forward the application to the
council office, let the council's registrar and executives handle
it. (For all you should know, it could / should be "business as
usual" for them.) Reminder: At reregistration time, either the CC
or the COR can always cross a name off the roster ... there's no
guarantee of continued registration.
Personally, I would *hope* that the decision makers involved would
base their decision on the individual in question. TALK to the
person. My personal opinion on suitability would vary depending on
whether or not the person in question was a parent at the time the
offense took place, whether or not the person is a parent now,
whether the person is applying for a committee position (not
necessarily in direct contact with the Cubs) or a den leader
position (direct contact), what that person's attitude is NOW to
his/her actions THEN, etc. And my opinion would be influenced by
many other CURRENT factors ... does the person CURRENTLY: smoke,
swear, drink excessively, have too many traffic citations, etc.
Personally, I would *not* view the note of conviction on the
application as a disqualifier. Look at it positively ... the person
filled in the application honestly, truthfully. That tells me
something. The conviction itself is a negative influence; admitting
it is a positive influence ... net position ... neutral. So,
evaluate the other factors, the TOTAL PICTURE.
My $.05 worth;