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Scouts shocked at Hoch arrest

12/29/09<br />Hiawatha Seaway Council revokes Joyce Hoch's membership in the wake of her arrest for allegedly providing alcohol to minors...
The Boy Scouts of America says it was shocked to learn that Lewis County Legislator Joyce Hoch is accused of providing alcohol to minors and says her membership has been revoked.

The November weekend sleep over that led to the charges was not an endorsed or authorized Venture Scouting event and violated multiple Venturing policies, says a press release from the Hiawatha Seaway Council.

All activities of the Venturing Crew have been suspended indefinitely, the press release says.

The full statement:

Along with the rest of the community we were shocked to learn that Joyce Hoch, a well-known community leader and county legislator, allegedly used her position as a Venturing volunteer to organize a highly inappropriate and unauthorized weekend party at a private facility.  This event apparently involved a number of teenagers, some of whom are Venturers.  Upon learning of these allegations we immediately revoked Ms. Hoch’s membership in the Boy Scouts of America. 

While we are deeply disturbed by the alleged actions of this individual, they do not represent the values and ideals of the Hiawatha Seaway Council, its professionals, members or chartering organizations.   

While this individual may have portrayed this weekend as a Venturing outing it was not an endorsed or authorized weekend and violated multiple Venturing policies.  Some participants were Venturers while the majority present were not associated with or members of the Venturing program.  All activities of the Venturing Crew have been suspended indefinitely.

 The Hiawatha Seaway Council is fully cooperating with the authorities in their review of this matter. 


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