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THE NEW GUY A Leader in Youth Protection

As Scouting observes this year’s Youth Protection Month in April, it’s fitting that the BSA recently welcomed a strong new advocate for young people. “This is my mission and goal: To ensure that the Boy Scouts of America has the best possible Youth Protection program for the safety and well-being of our youth, their parents, and our volunteers,” says Mike Johnson. And Johnson is

exactly the type of person to play this role. Johnson, an internationally recognized expert on child-abuse detection and pre- vention, has joined the BSA as Youth Protection director. After spending nearly 28 years

with the Plano, Tex., police department, Johnson brings front-line experience to this vital post. His experience in conducting major investigations, interviewing children, and interrogating perpetrators qualifies him to further enhance the BSA’s Youth Protection training programs. Johnson is also a student of cutting-edge research into the prevention of child abuse, and he serves on the national board of directors for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. It’s a résumé that the BSA is convinced will bolster its ongoing efforts in this important area. “Protection of our youth is at the very heart of

Scouting and our most essential goal,” Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca says. “We are confident that Mike, working in close coordination with other experts in law enforcement, psychiatry, and other disciplines, will build upon existing policies to further enhance Scouting’s educational and training programs.”

WHAT TO WATCH Philmont on Film

Whether you’re a Philmont veteran or a Scouter hoping to get there one day, you’ll love The Philmont Documentary Collection. The main feature is a

93-minute movie that takes viewers on a guided tour of Scouting’s hiking high-adventure base, including interviews with old-timers such as Chope Phillips, Waite Phillips’ son, and


Joe Davis, director of camping in the 1960s and early ’70s. And the second part of the film follows a Venturing crew as it faces the challenges of a trek. Mark Anderson, director

of programs at Philmont, says the film serves as an effective advertisement for the ranch. “When you watch this crew dealing with the altitude, the hikes, the rain, it’s a powerful,

moving segment,” Anderson says. “If I were a parent or a Scout troop wondering if all this is worthwhile, I’d be sold. They all benefit from the experience.” Find The Philmont

Documentary Collection DVD ($23) or Blu-ray ($25) at or Add $3 for shipping.

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