Bay Park - Joseph Harris Park in Mt. Martha

Scouts Victoria investigate three boys over anti-Semitic comments

Scouts Victoria has suspended three boys and launched an internal investigation into allegations they made a series of anti-Semitic comments to a Jewish Scouts group at a camp on the Mornington Peninsula.

One of the boys allegedly told a Jewish Scouts group they should be “gassed”, while another allegedly told them his father was Adolf Hitler.

The alleged incidents occurred at the weekend beginning on December 4, when more than 500 children aged between 11 and 15 years old attended the Bay Park Scout Camp in Mount Martha.

Scouts Victoria executive manager Jon McGregor confirmed three boys had been suspended while the matter was investigated.

“When we have an incident of poor conduct by any of our members we go through a suspension process as we work out exactly what happened,” he said.

“There are lots of potential outcomes, which include counselling, education, or in extreme cases people leaving the movement because their behaviour is not consistent with values of the organisation,” Mr McGregor told The Age.

He insisted the allegations of offensive comments arose from an isolated incident, and did not reflect on the culture of the scouting movement.

“We’re a highly inclusive organisation. Beyond leadership and adventure, the Scouts message is one of peace, goodwill and community, and trying to make the world a better place,” Mr McGregor said.

Read the article by Cameron Houston in The Age.