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    • Your posts above are neither. As you quote me telling you previously above. Asking you to stop attacking a fellow scout's character is frankly something that shouldn't even need to be said at all, yet here we are. Attacks are not nice. Being asked to stop attacking isn't not-nice. Every time you say girls are ruining the program for boys, you're reducing our chances of growing membership and creating a culture of growth. You're spinning that wheel of cause and effect every time you say that here. So please stop. Let's move forward.
    • You'll get lots of diverse answers to this.  Personally, I think someone with a Scouting experience would make a big difference.  The issue then is how you find that person.  It isn't exactly something you advertise for!  Step one is to get Council Exec buy-in.  Then, reach out to existing volunteers.  I've found a surprising number of Survivors that are still involved with Scouting, mostly because they wanted to prevent what happened to them from being repeated.  Many have now come forward because of the Bankruptcy.  My dream, pie-in-the-sky as it may be, is that National will show some leadership and start developing a mechanism for Survivors to say "I'm one and I'd like to help the Council where I live" or at least promote how to do so.  All of that said, like any volunteer position it's all about fit.  The three camps of Survivors seem to be those who want Scouting to last, those who want Scouting to go away, and those who are agnostic about it.  Having a Survivor who wants Scouting to continue, but is also willing to be critical when appropriate, is the sweet spot.  Bottom line, just take action.  Talk to your Council Executive.  See if he has the guts to address this head-on, and if so, how?  Just start doing something.  What happened to me and thousands of others typically happened because people FAILED to take action.
    • There is no program that serves kids that does not have the potential to attract predators. That is a sad fact. Also, children are more at risk from family members and close relatives/neighbors/friends than most other individuals. Sadly, Scouting now has the stigma of what mostly happened 30 plus years ago. The past several decades have seen Scouting create barriers to abuse that make it extremely difficult for predatory people to get exclusive access to kids. I know of no program that has come so far and done so much. Sadly no program is 100% safe and a predator without any 'history' could slip through but if the training/guidelines are followed there would be no opportunity to abuse. Again, no system is foolproof. I would encourage you to check out the BSA Youth Protection training and the parent supplements in Cub Scouting that must be reviewed with their kids annually including on line videos and all of it is available to any parent in or out of the program to use to give their kids the tools they need to protect themselves. It is extremely well done. Youth protection is a major emphasis of BSA and will only continue to improve. I'd be interested to know your opinion of their efforts and what improvements you might feel need to be made as a survivor.   
    • Do you think it needs to be a survivor of abuse from within Scouting? Or someone with that experience in any arena?
    • I appreciate your honesty.  BSA National has not required Local Councils to have a Survivor on each Council's Board.   They have jusrt "recommended" it. I don't want to get into a debate over "cherry-picking" such requirements or the legality but I will offer this; if you are dedicated to the future of Scouting AND the safety of youth, DEMAND that your Council has a Survivor on its Board and do what you can to make sure that his/her voice is heard by the leaders of EVERY unit.   As Santayana said " “Those who forget their history are condemned to repeat it.”  
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