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Can a parent with felony convictions attend troop meetings?

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  • #16
    The guidelines I use:

    1) BSA policy as it pertains to scout leadership. If they can't get by the background check, end of story as a registered leader.

    2) State/Federal laws as they pertain to who felons can associate with. Normally sex offenders cannot be around kids, schools and youth activity programs and felons cannot be around guns/weapons so they couldn't participate in gun-range activities. These are "requirements" that go beyond the incarceration period.

    Otherwise if a parent has been convicted of a white-collar crime, for example, paid his/her debt to society, they can attend/participate with their child just like any other parent. Parolees are a grey area, and until they have paid their debt in full, I would suggest they not participate.

    I have more problems with non-felons, i.e. the dad who's into drugs or alcohol, than some of the felons I know.



    • #17
      I think, too, it might depend on what the felony was. Domestic violence? Animal abuse? Worth looking into.