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Boy Scouts of America notifying parents regarding alleged unlawful video recordings

The camp director, in accordance with state law and the youth protection policies and procedures of the Boy Scouts of America, immediately contacted the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office upon discovering the video camera and turned the camera over to the authorities.

 

As the Scout Executive of the Capitol Area Council, I want to assure you that following the camp director’s report to law enforcement, our council terminated the accused camp staff member’s employment. The council has since revoked his registration in the Boy Scouts of America and he is precluded from any further participation in the Scouting program.

 

The accused individual served on our council’s Cub Scout camp staff from 2006-2014 and our records indicate your son may have attended camp during that time period. While I do not have any details beyond what was reported to the Sheriff’s Office, I wanted you to be aware of the investigation and to provide you with the information for the Investigator handling the matter. 

 

If you have any questions about the investigation or wish to share any concerns you may have with Investigator Vance Weltner with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office, you should contact him at 512-549-5016 or at vance.weltner@co.bastrop.tx.us

 

I recognize that parents entrust the development and safety of their children to Scouting and this matter reminds us how important it is that we are always vigilant when it comes to the safety of our youth. Everyone in Scouting, from parent to volunteer to professional staff, is responsible for insuring the safety of our Scouts. Our council will continue to mandate that all registered adult leaders be current in their youth protection training. We are also committed to leading the nation in the implementation of the new Youth Protection Champion program so that every youth, parent and adult in the program are properly trained in and aware of Scouting’s youth protection policies and procedures.   

 

I also believe incidents such as these should serve as a reminder of the need to talk with children about the subject of youth protection. Keeping an open dialogue with your children—regardless of their age—is a vital part of keeping them safe. The subject can be uncomfortable, but parents must speak to their children about these issues. If you would like additional resources regarding the subject of youth protection, please visit www.bsacac.org/resources/youth_protection.    

 

If you have any concerns or questions regarding your son’s experience while attending Cub Scout camp at Camp Tom Wooten, please do not hesitate to contact me at512-617-8613 or jon.yates@scouting.org.

 

Thank you for all you do to support Scouting and helping us keep our kids safe. 

 

Jon C. Yates, Scout Executive

Capitol Area Council

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