There are two local cases in the files among the 40 in South Carolina.
A 1988 case happened in Troop 4, which is on James Island and still exists today, said Legare Clement, scout executive for the Coastal Carolina Council. Information became public about a man who was an assistant leader. The man had been accused of previously being inappropriate with youth in another organization. When the Boy Scouts learned about it, the man was asked to leave the organization, Clement said.
The other case references a Troop 66 incident in 1966. Clement said there is no such troop.
The Council performs extensive background checks on any adult volunteer who will work with children. Anybody who wants to be a leader also must complete youth protection training.
The Boy Scouts developed that program in the late 1980s, Clement said. It teaches new leaders about ways to best deal with youth, respect children’s privacy, and how to recognize potential cases of abuse and report them.
The scouts also have a policy prohibiting any adult volunteer from being alone, one-to-one, with a child.
The scouts also train youth involved their programs to recognize, resist and report abuse.
Clement said that since he has held the position of scout executive, there have been “a few things turned over to authorities for investigation.” But those cases never resulted in anybody being removed from scouting, he said.