There have been two recent items in the media recently related to Scouting. Please remember that the official spokesman for Scouting in our territory when there are media inquires is Scout Executive David Nolle.

The first story related to the BSA's Clarification related to it's membership policies. Details regarding this story can be found here.

The second story relates to recent Duluth News Tribune coverage of a story that reminds us of Scouting's role in youth protection.  Although I serve as the official spokesperson to media, each Scout and Scouter has daily interactions with friends, family, and colleagues. You may be asked about youth protection in the BSA by them.  In addition to the resources available at: http://scouting.org/youthprotection.aspxExternal Link I would like to offer a few other points that you may find helpful with sharing with others what we do in Scouting.


  • One of our most important duties as parents and as members of the BSA is keeping our children safe.
  • At the BSA, we take very seriously the role we play in protecting our youth members. That is why we have such a stringent youth protection plan.
  • The BSA has established a multi-tiered youth protection approach focused on volunteer screening, education and training for everyone in the program, and clear policies to protect youth.
  • Youth protection requires sustained vigilance. That is why the BSA has continued to develop and enhance its youth protection efforts as everyone continues to learn more about the dangers and challenges facing youth.
  • Over the last 30 years, the BSA have strengthened youth protection measures by prohibiting one-on-one adult-youth activities, mandating criminal background checks for all staff who work with youth and increasing youth protection training requirements.
  • In 2012, the BSA hired a full-time Youth Protection director, a recognized expert on child abuse, dedicated to the continued strengthening of Scouting’s youth protection programs and policies.
  • Youth Protection Infographic
  • It is important to talk with your children about youth protection issues. Keeping an open dialogue with your children – no matter what their age – is a very powerful part of keeping your children safe.
  • The subject can be uncomfortable, but parents must speak to their children about these issues and teach personal safety, including how to recognize, resist and report inappropriate behavior.
  • Amy Russell, deputy director of the National Child Protection Training Center, told NPR:In a recent Associated Press article, independent experts identified the BSA’s current prevention policies are considered “state of the art.” Link to full transcript:  http://www.npr.org/2011/11/09/142179416/why-witnesses-do-or-dont-report-abuseExternal Link.

//Dave