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Scouting for All's National Annual Rally 2002

This Year's Theme

Recognition of Gay Scouts and all Gay Youth Week

The list below indicates organized National Annual Rally Week locations and the Rally Organizers' contact details if you'd like to offer your assistance.

The following States have one or more National Rallys scheduled. Please click on the closest State, or click here if you wish to organize a Rally at a location not listed.

Arizona California Connecticut Georgia Hawaii Michigan New Jersey New York North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma Texas Virginia Washington Wisconsin

We now have several posters (8 1/2" x 14") available for download and printing for use in your Rally.
These are in .pdf format and require that you use the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free by clicking on the following image:
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Phoenix, Arizona
Grassroots Organization

Location of Rally Site: Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council, 2969 N. Greenfield Rd, Phoenix Arizona

Date: TBA Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

contact: Brian Davis telephone: 480-540-9327

Phoenix will be holding its 3rd annual Scouting For All protest during the national rally week. The actual dates and times for Phoenix2002 are undetermined at this time as we may hold additional events. You may check Phoenix's rally website at for local event updates.


Petaluma, CA
Scouting for All National Headquarters

Location of Rally Site: Redwood Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America
2240 Professional Dr.
Santa Rosa, California
Date/Time: Oct 9/ 3 PM - 6 PM
contact: Scott or Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout
telephone: 707-778-0564

Scott and Steven Cozza, Scouting for All will be leading a protest at the Redwood empire Council, BSA in Santa Rosa, California.

Encouraging those who oppose the discriminatory and bigoted policy of the Boy Scouts of America to join Scouting for All in our protest. Become a voice protesting the social injustice of the BSA against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and nontheist youth and adults.

We'll meet in the Santa Rosa Junior College parking lot at Bailey Field along Mendocino Ave at 3pm. We'll walk with signs to the Redwood Empire Scout Council. At the Council participants will have an opportunity to speak. We'll then walk back with our protest signs.

Please contact the media about the protest.

Porterville, CA

Patrick Greene

Location of Rally Site: 221 N. Encina, Visalia, Calif.
Date/Time: Oct 12/10:00AM - 3:00PM
contact: Patrick Green
telephone: 1-866-472-3530 (message)

The address is the local Scout Council. There will be brochures for Scouting for All. And guest speakers on the damage of the current policy of the Boy Scouts

San Diego

Scouting for alll San Diego

Location of Rally Site: 1206 Upas St
Date/Time: Oct 13/ 11AM - 1PM
contact: Howard Menzer
telephone: 858 268 2853

The Rally will be October 13 Sunday We are teamed up with Balboa Park for all and are asking Scott and Steve if they can attend. We expect 2Xs last years crowd which was over 150 so can you come down?

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruzans for Open Scouting

Location of Rally Site: TBA
Time/Date: TBA
contact: Ted Altenberg email:
telephone: 831-429-6291

I'm putting this out there so others will come forward to join in the effort! I can't do this without a lot of help, so call or email if you want to help make this happen! Ted :-)


Hartford, Milford, and Greenwich, Connecticut

David Knapp, Eagle Scout, Milford, Scouting for All

Locations of Rally Sites:

  1. Connecticut Rivers Council, 60 Darlin St., > East Hartford
  2. Connecticut Yankee Council, 60 Wellington Rd., Milford
  3. Greenwich Council, 63 Mason St. Greenwich

Date/Time: Oct 9 / 9 am - 4 PM
contact: David Knapp, Eagle Scout, telephone: 203-453-1395

Scouting for All led by a California heterosexual Boy Scout is seeking to end discrimination against gay scouts and scout leaders, is organizing demonstrations to be held nationwide. There will be demonstrations Wednesday, October 9, 2002, at three major Boy Scout Councils in Connecticut. This will be from 12 noon to 1 PM at all 3 locations.

Everyone is invited to walk in front of the BSA Council Office with a sign or poster. Stand against the homophobia and discrimination of the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA is hurting our children with its policy of discrimination against gay and nontheist youth.


Savannah, Georgia

A Coalition of First City Network, Georgia Equality Project, Stonewall Democrats, Georgia Equality Project, the Social Justice and Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church, and other fair-minded individuals

Location of Rally Site: In Front of Boy Scout Headquarters 11900, Abercorn Ext., Savannah
Date/Time: Oct 10 / 4:00PM - 6:00PM
contact: Robert Ludgate telephone: (912) 964-5095

The purpose of this rally is 3 Objectives:

1. ENCOURAGE the BSA to end their discrimination against Gays, Atheists, Agnostics, Unitarian Universalists, and others.

2. EDUCATE the public about facts such as, BSA is a part of World Scouting and Scouts in most other countries, including Canada, do NOT practice discrimination in matters of sexual identity and do NOT engage in religious intolerance. And that it is also widely surmised, that the founder of the Boy Scouts, Lord Baden Powell, may have been a homosexual.

3. PROTEST the Boy Scouts attempts to be PRIVATE only as far as it suits them -- and PUBLIC whenever it benefits them.

For example:

They should not accept United Way Funding. Private clubs that practice discrimination have NO RIGHT to tax-exempt
> donations. (Especially considering the strong-arm tactics used in some businesses during United Way Fund Drives, employees could feel compelled to donate to a group they believe discriminates.)

The local BSA chapter should be willing to pay rent at fair-market value. (Their building sits on Armstrong State University (state) property.

YET - The BSA pays only $1 a year!

A private group that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, and practices religious intolerance, has no right to benefit from state taxes. If leased at fair market value the property would be a source of funding for the university and therefore, lower the burden on tax payers.

As a private club that discriminates the BSA should accept NO special accommodation or preferential access to ANY public buildings, lands, parks or services. (i.e., - No free events or camping in public areas, state campgrounds or national parks. No free transportation to Jamborees by military transport or any other government vehicle.)

The BSA should WILLINGLY and PUBLICLY cede their Congressional Charter, and release the President of the United States from his duties as Honorary Chairman. Neither the Congress nor the President of the USA should be beholden to a private club that discriminates on the basis of sexual identity, and engages in religious intolerance.

The BSA took their fight to be a Private Club all the way to the Supreme Court.

Shouldn't they do the honorable thing and start acting like one?


Honolulu, Hawaii
Civil Unions - Civil Rights Movement

Location of Rally Site: TBD
Date/Time: TBD

contact: Michael J. Golojuch, Jr. Telephone: (808) 672-9050

The Civil Unions-Civil Rights Movement was designed to raise public awareness, educate the community about institutionalized discrimination, and unify Hawaii's communities in the GLBT struggle for freedom, equality, and justice. Which fits right in with the goal of S4A.

We are in the planning stages of our rally and would appreciate any help from all former/present scouts, their parents as well as community members who believe in S4A's mission.

While planning for next year's rally we will continue to contact the Aloha United Way and ask them to not fund the Aloha Council until the BSA ends its policy of discrimination. We are asking everyone to help us with this endeavour.


Flint, Michigan
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Genesee County Chapter
Location of Rally Site: Tall Pine Council, BSA
507 W Atherto. Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Date/Time: Oct 9/3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
contact: Frank Burger
telephone: 810-593-0015
Our rally will involve march in front of the local scout ffice as well as a set of speakers for the rally including local policitians.

New Jersey

New York

Albany, New York
Capital District Coalition for Inclusive Scouting

Location of Rally Site: Twin Rivers Council, BSA, 253 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12205

Time/Dates: Oct 12 / 2:00pm - 4:00

contact: Christopher Hayes email: telephone: (518) 689-8266 ext 3

The Capital District Coalition for Inclusive Scouting is planning it's 3rd annual Rally for Inclusive Scouting. As last year, we are planning to have events througout the week ending with the rally. For more information, or to volunteer, contact us right away. Thanks!

North Carolina

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
The Gay/Straight Alliance at R.J. Reynolds High School
"The Scouting For All Rally Winston-Salem 2002"

Where: The Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem
When: October 11-12, 2002
Time: Opening Reception, Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, Oct. 11- 6pm-8pm
Active Protest, Oct. 12- Time and Place TBA
Closing Reception, Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, October 12- Time TBA

"The Scouting For All Rally Winston-Salem 2002 will include a Press Conference, Two Receptions where professionals and community members will speak, and an Active Protest against the BSA's discriminatory policies whisch is still being planned. The Press will be invited to all events and the Organizing Board of the S4A Rally W-S '02 is planning to have refreshments served at all Rally events. The Rally is being sponsored by the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem and the Gay/Straight Alliance meeting at R.J. Reynolds High School."

Contact info.:
Matt Hill (336)995-6353,


Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Anti Racist Action

Location of Rally Site: Date, location and time to be announced for the 2002 Rally.

contact: Lance email: telephone: 1-877-616-6500 ext 798

We will be conducting monthly rallies outside the United Way and local industries to educate the public about the Boy Scouts' exclusion of gays and the United Way's continued funding in direct contradiction to their own alleged nondiscrimination policy. The Cleveland United Way does not enforce (or even question) this nondiscrimination policy when they continue to annually allocate over a quarter million dollars to the Greater Cleveland Boy Scouts.

The Cleveland ARA and other concerned citizens will be attending local city counsel and school board meetings to ask that the BSA not be afforded any special rights including the free use of city property, troop sponsorship by schools or city government groups such as police or fire depts, and that all recruitment by the BSA be banned from out public schools.


Oklahoma City, OK
Peace House

2912 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Location of Rally Site: Intersection of NW Highway and N. Pennsylvania, Penn Square Mall area
Date/Time: Oct 12/noon - 1:00pm
contact: Nathaniel Batcheldor
telephone: 405-524-5577, fax 405-524-5578

Planned activities will be display of positive signs and banners welcoming the acceptance of all boys and men in BSA and inviting BSA to change its exclusionary policies which deprives BSA of otherwise talented and resourceful members.




Out and about youth of Winchester

Location of Rally Site: The Garber lnn, in Winchester will be meeting spot.
Date/Time: Oct 6, 10, 12 / 10AM - 3PM
contact: Eric

We would like to have a rally in Winchester, Virginia need suggestions on activities. we also would like to find others from our community to join us.


Renton, Washington
Young Democrats of Lindbergh High School/Lindbergh Gay-Straight Alliance

Location of Rally Site: Lambert House on Broadway. Check back for directions and a list of speakers.
Date/Time: Date: TBA 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

contact: Aaron J. Chandler

After the march/rally, we will meet at the Capitol Hill Library (just off Broadway) to view the award-winning documentary, "Scout's Honor." Refreshments will also be served. We support Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout and his efforts through Scouting for All. Please contact us to help.


Madison, Wisconsin
Dane County Coalition

Location of Rally Site: Capitol Square/State Street corner
Date/Time: Oct 12/ Noon-1PM

contact: Dennis Coyier email: telephone: 608.839.5452

Rally participants gather at Capitol/State St. corner at Noon, parade with SFA banner, lit, petition and signs down State St. to University of Wisconsin campus Library Mall and back to Capitol.




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