There is no such thing as just a volunteer! Volunteers do very important work. They are part of the team. In fact, in Scouting they are the primary "staff" members. The most important issue is what someone does, not the fact that he or she is an employee or volunteer.
Scouting has moral, ethical, and legal obligations to our youth members, to our Leaders (including you) and to the community. It must do everything reasonable to protect them from harm that might be done by people who work for or provide services for Scouting. One way to do this is to thoroughly screen all of these people. "But I don't get paid..." It doesn't matter. The organization can be just as responsible for something a volunteer does as for something an employee does.
You're correct, and that is why the police records check (PRC) is only a small part of Scouting's screening program. Perhaps the most important ones are the personal interview and the reference checks. These both allow you to get to know Scouting, and us to get to know you. They also let us know what others have experienced in terms of your abilities and strengths. Scouting needs to ensure that the right person is in the right position and that they have a positive attitude, appropriate skills, and knowledge to do the job. Remember, the youth members are depending on each of us to help them grow and develop.
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