National Policy Regarding Minors

The SUVCW National Council of Administration recently voted to approve a new National Policy Regarding Minors (pdf). Pursuant to this policy all minors shall be accompanied by a parent or designated guardian (e.g., a family member or friend who is 18 years of age or older) when participating in any SUVCW activity.

At no time will a non-related Brother be permitted “one-on-one” contact with a minor. Any interaction with a minor must include at least two (2) Brothers over the age of 18 years at all times. Any Brother who, in good faith, witnesses or suspects any type of physical, mental or sexual abuse of any minor shall immediately report such suspicion to local authorities first, and then to the appropriate local Camp and Department Commanders immediately thereafter.

All Brothers shall comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws pertaining to child abuse and the reporting thereof. While not a requirement, it is recommended that every Brother, who is 18 years or older, who may have contact with a minor, complete training related to the protection of children from abuse of any type. Free training is available from the Boy Scouts of America through their website at www.myscouting.org. Local Camps may wish to retain a record of those Brothers who have completed such training.

Records of previous meeting minutes and electronic boardroom votes of the National Council of Administration are available here.