- Wednesday, 21 August 2013
- Thursday, 25 April 2013
As our parents began to show a growing concern with bullying and molestation we decided it was time to start educating our boys on what to do if they inadvertently find themselves in a situation. As you may know all BSA registered leaders must recertify in youth protection every two years to stay current and active as a leader. If the certification lapses, they must recertify or they can no longer be a registered leader. We at troop 41 are very proud of our record in having all of our registered leader’s current with their certifications. Minsi Trails Council has a wonderful program established for the leaders as well as the boys. There is a group of videos available for the boys to watch called “A Time to Tell”. Before the youth can watch these videos, we must have the parent’s consent. To this end this week we had two individual meetings. The first was to invite all concerned parents to come and view the same training videos the leaders view for certification and to preview the videos for the youth. We had a fairly good turnout for the parents meeting. Most of the parents in attendance gave their consent for the following night. Wednesday night during our regular troop meeting many more parents that could not attend the night before gave consent for their boys to view the videos. We had nearly 60% of the troop watching the videos that night.To get things started out troop commissioner Mr. Pysher held a thirty minute session with the entire troop explaining what youth protection is all about. He explained about bullying and molestation and what the boys should do if they feel they are in a situation that is uncomfortable. After the boys listened to Mr. Pysher speak, it was time to watch the videos. “A Time to Tell” is a video that talks about five different situations that the boys could possibly find themselves in and what to do for each situation. The videos while not graphic touch on very sensitive material such as molestation from a close relative or someone you know like a coach or teacher. It also talks about what to do if another youth is trying to abuse you in some way. The video finishes off by talking about what to do if you feel you are being bullied or being attacked on the internet. We are very happy with the turnout for these videos and hope the boys learned something from it. We will most likely have another session as new boys come into the troop. Stay tuned.