Boy Scouts’ Opposition to Background Checks Let Pedophiles InPosted on January 8th, 2013.
The Los Angeles Times reported that its analysis of Boy Scouts of America’s “perversion” files showed that the Boy Scouts of America fought the trend of adopting criminal background checks for volunteers and staff, unknowingly allowing convicted child sex offenders to join. Amid reports of widespread sexual abuse of children in the late 1980s, several leading youth organizations began conducting criminal background checks of volunteers and staff members. Big Brothers Big Sisters ordered the checks for all volunteers starting in 1986. Boys and Girls Clubs of America recommended their use the same year. One of the nation’s oldest and largest youth groups, however, was opposed — the Boy Scouts of America.