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November 29, 2012

Scouting in Londonderry survives national cloud

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But local troops are not without challenges.

With all of the after-school activities and other responsibilities, it can be hard to keep young people interested in Scouting, D’Esopo said.

D’Esopo said Londonderry High School’s marching band, the Marching Lancers, always recruit a few Scouts when band practices begin.

High adventure and camping trips contribute to Londonderry’s active Scout troops, Chase said.

Kevin Donovan, Scoutmaster for Troop 521, said he has about 25 boys in the troop now. Donovan was in the same troop when he was a Scout and remembers more youngsters being involved.

“There are so many more activities kids can do now,” he said.

Donovan said the child abuses cases are in the past and do not affect his troop today.

All Scout leaders must go through training and Donovan is trying to get parents to do the same, he said.

“We have great youth protection guidelines,” he said. “There is never one-on-one contact with the boys.”

D’Esopo, too, was confident boys are well protected within Scouting today.

“I don’t think revelations coming from a dark history should have any impact,” he said. “The Boy Scouts of America has one of the best youth protection policies.”

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