Tips to make your family's transition into Scouting a breeze.
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Families that are new to Scouting discover a world of adventure with new learning experiences and lots of personal growth in an environment that prepares children for a happy, honorable future. But the program is so new, with new terminology, a uniform, and unfamiliar advancement requirements. For some it can be a bit intimidating. In this series of blogs we’ll discuss five tried and true tips to make your family’s transition into Scouting easier.


Five Tips for New Scouting Families
Part 5: Youth Protection

Take advantage of the pamphlet in front of your Scout or Cub Scout handbook on protecting your children from child abuse.  

A joining requirement for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts is to complete the exercises in the booklet titled, “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse, a Parent’s Guide.”  This book, which is attached to the front of every Boy Scout and Cub Scout handbook is a remarkable resource. 

Many families skip over this booklet, confident they have already covered the subject matter with their kids or thinking that they will get to it when they have “more time.”  I would strongly encourage every family to complete the exercises as soon as you get the booklet.


In fact, it’s worthwhile to complete the pamphlet exercises with all your children, boys and girls, Scouts and non-Scouts. There is just no telling how it might one day save your child.  

The Boy Scouts of America has been the most proactive youth serving organization in matters of youth protection since the 1930s. The standards of youth protection have changed with the times over the years, and many of the current standards we follow were developed by Orange County Council’s own Frank Rubino, MD, who is widely considered “the father of youth protection in the Boy Scouts.” In the pamphlet, the basic concepts children are taught are to recognize, resist, and report child abuse as it happens. This, according to experts in the field, is the best way to help children help themselves out 
of abuse situations.  

To go a step further toward protecting your child, visit myscouting.org, and sign up for a free user ID, which will allow you to take the same Youth Protection Training that all Scout leaders are required to take.  Familiarity with these rules will help you better understand Scouting’s methods of protecting children and prepare you to be a part of your Troop or Pack’s program.  

Most importantly, talk to your children about the potential of child abuse that can occur anywhere in their lives, and often from a familiar source.  Let them know that you love them no matter what happens in their lives and they can always open up to you about their feelings and experiences without fear of punishment. It just may be the most important conversation you ever have.

 
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