Marshall Steinmann, executive director of Maine's Katahdin Area Council - the Boy Scouts of America's local chapter - referred all media inquiries to the national council.
"We as a local council are chartered by the national organization and we have to abide by what they say," said Steinmann
A statement released by the Boy Scouts of America
said the files are "a key method used to keep Scouts safe.
Essentially, the files are a list of people who do not meet the BSA's membership standards because of known or suspected abuse or other inappropriate conduct either inside or outside of Scouting."
added only that it is his
understanding that the ineligible-volunteer files were a "pre-emptive or proactive" program by the Boy Scouts of America