This 2015 video from the USA says about itself:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and The Boy Scouts of America are facing a lawsuit from a former Boy Scout over alleged sexual abuse at a church-sponsored Scouting trip. CNN’s Kyra Phillips reports.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Jail term demanded for branding in hazing scouting children
A youth leader of scouting in Goes [in Zeeland province] is suspected of branding three children. The 23-year-old Mark B. stands accused of having pressed a hot branding iron against the backs of the children during a camp in Belgium last summer, the public prosecutor confirms after RTL Nieuws reported about it.
B. had to appear in court today. The Public Prosecutor suspects him of inflicting serious bodily harm on purpose. Against B. seven months in prison, three of which were conditional, has been demanded.
B. is said to have taken the branding iron to the camp in the village of Sint-Joris-Weert with the idea of branding the children. According to the Public Prosecution Service, it was a hazing ritual in which the children suffered first and second degree burns. The scars can still be seen.
The victims are two boys and a girl between the ages of 12 and 14. They got the letters “F” and “N” on their backs, the abbreviation of scouting group Frans Naerebout from Goes. Then they were not taken to a hospital.
“We think it’s terrible that this happened”, says a spokesperson for Scouting in the Netherlands. …
In some scouting groups new members are put to the test in initiation rituals. Sometimes a new member is supposedly branded with a branding iron as a joke. In reality it is a cold iron that is pressed against new members.
Children are instructed to scream, to make it even more terrible for those whose turn will be later. According to the public prosecution service, such rituals do not belong at a scouting camp with young children. Other, less intimidating hazing rituals occur often.
OVER 1,200 SCOUTS ALLEGEDLY ABUSED An expert hired by the Boy Scouts of America to review allegations of child sexual abuse in the organization identified 7,819 alleged abusers among scout leaders and volunteers dating back to 1944, according to a newly released court document. Of the files examined over five years, 12,254 alleged victims were identified. [HuffPost]