Paul Stevens has been in Scouting for 38 years. He is a bubbly, enthusiastic and energetic person who has inspired hundreds of young people. He has led the 38th Bournemouth scout troop for 26 years with regular camps, competitions, hikes and expeditions. In 2010 he took 22 scouts to Uganda to build a vocational training centre - these young people benefited hugely from this life changing experience. In April 2011 Paul was a short-listed nominee for the Bournemouth Mayor's volunteer of the year awards.
In May 2011 at a county camp Paul was involved in boisterous behaviour, which with hindsight, he considers to have been foolish but someone thought his behaviour to be inappropriate enough to submit an anonymous complaint to the Scout Association. This all hinges around a couple of minor incidents on one day with no context of the 26 years Paul has spent as a leader in Scouting with an exemplary record.
Paul was suspended pending investigation during which time he was not told the extent of the allegations or allowed to comment. He was later dismissed with no right of appeal. Now that Paul has had access to the material supporting the allegations against him he is confident that his dismissal is unjustified. We urge the Scout Association to review his case and re-consider their decision.
The parents of 38th Bournemouth scouts (past and present) totally support Paul Stevens and the way he looks after and inspires our children. We are fully satisfied that he respects safety and discipline for the good of our children. We want Paul Stevens re-instated as the 38th Bournemouth Scout Leader.