i'm no fan of this either, but I am only a small voice. However, as I said, it isn't just Scouts that does this. Minor hockey, 4-H, minor soccer, etc have all done this.
If people had spoken up during the time that Indian kids were stolen, removed to schools thousands of miles away from their communities, sexually and physically abused and some murdered, there would not the legacy we have today.
The RCMP recently admitted that they conducted 60 investigations revealing 619 victims identifying 40 perpetrators within the Residential Schools system over a 48 year period. THEY didn't see a problem. Neither did the thousands of workers that worker along side the abusers. I for one can't believe some of them didn't see or know what was going on.
However, we know that over 50,000 children from 1880 to 1995 never returned home, that many were neglected and many were murdered. Had well meaning "small voices" raised an alarm back in 1907 when Dr. Peter Bryce made his report to Parliament, or when his book was published in 1922, there would not be hundreds of thousands in generations of dysfunctional Aboriginal adults today.
The point (not to get into yet another debate about native genocide) is that when good people do nothing, and say nothing then it opens the doors for pedophiles and abusers to have their way with children.
You say "We stringently watch each other." but based on the number of occurrences that pedophiles and their victims were quietly silenced, I would suggest that you don't have that capability to identify a pedophile. I would suggest that the hundreds of Scout leaders where Ralph Rowe, a former Anglican priest and Scoutmaster ( Scouts Canada kept 'confidential list' of pedophiles
) operated had no idea. Yet he is known in the many organizations he was with to have molested over 100 kids (and the total could be as high as 500) under the watch of hundreds of volunteers. Very often we hear stories about pedophiles who were outstanding leaders in the community. So "watching" each other is about as valuable as taking blood samples and then dumping them down the drain.
So pedophilia and child abuse are crimes that must be punished. Then again discovering that a child is being sexually or physically abused and doing nothing is also a crime. In my mind it is far too easy to simply to pay out the victims and quietly dismiss the perpetrators, in order to protect the Scouting Organization. Scouts (like the Red Cross was in the tainted blood scandal) should be sued into oblivion, with the Board of Directors who developed those policies facing criminal or civil penalties. We cannot let this go such that everyone believes that it is OK just to hide the truth and quietly bury the victims in money.
As I said before, I appreciate that you are an upstanding volunteer, as there are many. However, the Scouting Organization failed the victims, as well as the thousands of volunteers and parents that had trust in them. And for that they should face the ultimate penalty. Death by dismemberment.