scion wrote:Also be aware that 2 deep trained leaders are part of the Boy Scout program that is often overlooked. Both the training & additional leader are for the safety of both scouts and leaders. They are not luxuries and should not be overlooked.
I was going to bring this up as well.
In certain areas, the BSA policy is more restrictive than church policy, and in other areas, the reverse is true. Since the church accepts BSA policies and procedures we should adhere to the strictest policy in each case.
By BSA policy, the minimum two leaders meeting with the boys must both be registered with the BSA (and therefore gone through a background check). By church policy, the minimum of two leaders is only required if one is male, and they then must both be male unless they are a married couple. The BSA has no policy regarding the gender of the leaders.
When I was the pack committee chair, we allowed a parent to be the second leader even if they were not registered with the BSA. And in some rare cases, if only one leader was available, she met with the boys with the door open. But in the strictest sense, these were against policy.
As you know there are other areas where the church operates cub scout and boy scout programs different from the norm. I found the resources at the BSA LDS Relationships website to be very helpful (especially the Scouting and the Church pamphlet).
There are also other helpful resources at the following site: