Local Boy Scouts under investigation

Local Boy Scouts under investigation
Local Boy Scout officials are investigating allegations of misconduct by staff at their camp near Fresno.

A viewer called the Eyewitness News tip-line to report she heard about inappropriate behavior by a leader at Camp Kern, operated by the Southern Sierra Council.

The viewer called our tip-line, concerned about what she heard happened this summer at the boy scout camp.

The local council referred Eyewitness News to its attorney, and he sent a statement that they are looking into allegations.

The allegations are that a camp leader gave some staff X-rated items at a "Christmas in July" party at the camp near Huntington Lake.

The Boy Scout Council statement says its first priority is the health and safety of its campers and staff.

"While these allegations appear to include inappropriate behavior...at this time they appear to be isolated to camp staff..and do not include illegal activity or the involvement of campers," according to a statement from the council.

Our caller to the tip-line says Camp Program Director Jim McIlvaine gave a 17-year-old staff member several items, including a pornographic magazine and women's lingerie.

Eyewitness News called and tried to contact McIlvaine, but has not heard back from him.

Several Boy Scouts who worked at the camp wrote to council leadership, outlining their concerns about this alleged incident.

Our caller also says another worker at the Boy Scout office forged certification papers that allowed staffers to work at the camp.

The council statement says when they got the allegations they started a "full review" of this issue. The council says it will not discuss the allegations any more until their review is done.