Sample Letter to Cub Scout Parents and Guardians
Note: This training is not to be conducted with Cub Scouts without first informing and inviting parents.
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Child sexual abuse is so prevalent in American society that one in seven boys might be
sexually abused before reaching adulthood; the percentage of sexually abused girls is
even greater. To respond to this growing social problem, the Boy Scouts of America has
developed comprehensive Youth Protection training, which addresses the problem of child abuse and, at the same time, helps Scouting continue to provide a wholesome environment and meet high standards of leadership for our youth members.
You and your son are invited to a special [pack/den] meeting on [date] at [time], when we will show the video It Happened to Me. This award-winning video was produced by the Boy Scouts of America to educate Cub Scout–age boys about child sexual abuse and the Four Rules for Personal Safety: (1) Check first. (2) Go with a parent or friend. (3) It’s your body. (4) Tell.
It Happened to Me is an important part of the BSA’s Youth Protection training. Each Cub
Scout pack is encouraged to show the video to its members and their parents once a year. The video presents common situations in which sexual abuse might occur and encourages discussion of each of the Four Rules of Personal Safety. The content of the video has been reviewed by professionals who are knowledgeable about child abuse and child development. The experts who reviewed it found it suitable for viewing by children as young as 6 years old.
You are urged to bring your son to the viewing of It Happened to Me so you and he can
watch it together. Child abuse professionals unanimously agree that open communication between parents and children is vital to preventing child abuse, and while this video is useful as a source of basic information, your son might want to discuss it with you. Your viewing of this video will help provide a common point of reference for subsequent conversations you and your son might have on this topic.
I hope you will be able to join us on [date].