Background Checks for Boy Scouts

By: Courtney Lassiter
By: Courtney Lassiter

That means your kids are spending more and more time with coaches, teachers, and volunteers.
"I think about that all the time, when I send my child out with anybody."
Flo White has twins and is a stickler about knowing who they're hanging around with.

"You don't really know much about other families in school system."
One way she does it, is by being involved in after school activities ... like the Boy scouts.
"I want to be in a leadership group and active with kids as opposed to dropping them off -- I want to be active part of their development."
So, she had to get a background check.
"I have no trouble with it. If there's a problem with me I don't need to be here."
"All adult leaders must fill out adult leader application."
The Scout Executive headquartered in Owensboro, Jeff Rock, says they use a highly recommended government agency called Choicepoint, and it's working.
"We do find some ... about 2% of the ones we process come back with something we need to take action on."
Offenses like violent criminal acts, crimes against youth and drug charges are automatically denied membership into the Boy scouts.

"That's somewhat reassuring that's it's required."
Cindy Fouts volunteers at her sons school and says background checks are now a way of life.
The first time she was asked to have one, she wasn't pleased.
"Initially when I was asked background check I was surprised, a little bit offended maybe."
But says now, she understands why especially in Boy scouts, adults have to be checked.
"Like on camping trips -- when they take showers and all that ... adults are not allowed in shower areas."
B.J. Jordan is Troop 510's leader and says the precaution is just as much for the adults as it is for the boys.

"I can't have a meeting unless I have another leader with me."
"I totally agree with having background checks."


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