Peer-to-peer bullying and abuse is on the rise amongst youth across the nation. With more than 1 million Scouts, the Boy Scouts of America has a responsibility to lead on this issue and take steps to reverse this trend by empowering our Scouts, leaders and parents with knowledge, awareness, and prevention skills.
The BSA is launching a new “Understanding and Preventing Youth to Youth Abuse” training course for adults and youth.
With Summer Camp around the corner, this is an opportune time for every Scout leader, parent, and adult to become keenly aware of what occurs at schools, in sports and could happen between our Scouts. This course covers how to prevent, recognize, respond to, and report inappropriate youth-to-youth abuse and problematic behavior.
It is essential that every adult leader and board member join us on June 8th or June 16th at 6:30 p.m. for this very important session on bullying and abuse. (Of course, all adults are welcome.) Our sessions will be led by Andrea Watson and Tom Pendleton from the National Service Center of the Boy Scouts of America.
The subject matter of this meeting will be serious and could be jarring for some of our members. It will encompass physical, mental, and sexual abuse that is occurring between kids and teens across our country. Together, we can be at the forefront of solving this growing problem. We as parents and leaders will come away with new awareness and new tools to help guide our Scouts to “be kind” and live evermore by the Scout Oath and Law.