New Rules to Protect Today's Boy Scouts | News
The Boy Scouts of America organization has been the headlines this week after releasing files showing decades of sexual abuse cover-ups. Now there are new rules in place to minimize the risk of sexual abuse to young Scouts.
According to the Boy Scouts of America website, adults have to go through five steps before becoming volunteers: a chartered organization reference check, an application, a criminal background check, an ineligible volunteer file check and adult youth leader youth protection.
13WMAZ went to the Cub Scouts Fall Family Festival in Byron to discuss that issue with a few families.
Cindy Whiddon of Macon and her son Andrew took part in the weekend event. She said that she loves scouting because it's teaching her son valuable life lessons like keeping nature clean.
Whiddon said, as a parent, she's glad that the organization is screening its volunteers better now.
"I think, now, people can hide so much, so many different aspects of your life, and with scouting you go through such an extensive background check and different things that there is no way to hide anything like that and so they would know, and they wouldn't be around and, I think, just protecting him is my biggest thing," said Whiddon.
Matthew Waller is a cub master for Whiddon's scout group. He said as both a volunteer and a parent, he's glad those measures are in place too.
"There are several safeguards they have. One of them is 'two deep' (meaning) there is always two adults with every child, and it works both ways. One can be to protect the child and the other could be to protect the adult from any false accusations," said Waller.
Many of Central Georgia's Cub Scouts and their families will spend the rest of the weekend at the festival which includes camping out.