Can you tell us more about the Scout projects? What do you plan to make?
Will you be using the tool yourself to make projects that the Scouts will use or assemble, or will the Scouts be using the tool to make their own projects?
Scouts range in age from 11 to 18 years old. The older Scouts should be able to run a bandsaw safely with proper training and supervision, but I would be concerned about the youngest members of the troop. A bandsaw would be a no-no for Cub Scouts.
If the Scouts will be making their own projects, have you considered purchasing a scroll saw instead? A scroll saw is much safer than a bandsaw. A scroll saw is suitable for Scouts of all ages. I see young people operating scroll saws often. The local scroll saw club has an annual booth at the county fair. Most of the time, the kids are running the saws for people to watch, while the grownups sit around and "schmooze."
Given a choice between the two bandsaws, I would choose the Craftsman one as long as it is in good working order. I had the same model a long time ago. It was okay, not great. I would consider getting a scroll saw instead, if the Scouts will be using it to make their own projects.