Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.
Scouting for All is a 100% Volunteer 501-(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. Every dollar donated goes toward our education and advocacy programs, and is tax deductible.
Scouting for All
Commited to Scouting, Open to Diversity
August 20, 2001
Mr. Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive
National Headquarters Boy Scouts of America
PO Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079
Dear Mr. Williams,
Scouting for All is a 501C-3 nonprofit organization inspired and founded by members of the Boy Scouts of America.
As the current President of Scouting for All, I am writing to you, representing our members and supporters throughout
the nation and internationally. We have in mind and heart, the best interests of the Boy Scouts of America, and
a deep concern for gay youth. Please review the attached document titled, Scouting for All's Resolution to the
Boy Scouts of America As It Relates to Gay Youth and Adults, and Atheists in Scouting.
After you and your staff review this document, Scouting for All is requesting a meeting with yourself and the National
Council President for the purpose of opening up channels of communication on this very serious matter. We ask that
your office contact the Scouting for All national office at 707-778-0564 to schedule a time when we can all meet
Scott Cozza, President
Scouting for All
Scouting for All’s Resolution to
the Boy Scouts of America
to End Discrimination in Scouting
Scouting for All attempted to meet with the National Boy Scouts of America Leadership in Irving Texas to discuss
our proposal, August of 2001, and have made numerous attempts to dialog; but they continue to refuse to met with
us. Keep in mind Scouting for All was founded by an Eagle Scout and has 1,000s of Eagle Scouts as members. Scouting
for All’s Resolution offers hope to all who participate in Scouting in America. It is a Resolution that embraces
all idealogies and
offers scouting in America an inclusiveness of the diversity that is reflective of the American culture. Our Resolution
is within the guidelines and expectations of WSOM, World Scouting leadership. We ask members of the Boy Scouts
of America (individual members, scout units, chartering organizations, and scout councils) to review this Resolution
and then ask the BSA National leadership to adopt this Scouting for All Resolution. Lets bring an end to the current
divisiveness the BSA policy of exclusion has brought to Scouting in America. Lets begin to heal as a youth program
and become once again united and proud that Scouting in America is for all youth, not just some youth and is a
program that truly reflects the beauty of the diversity that radiates throughout the American culture.
August 20, 2001
Scouting for All is a 501C-3 nonprofit charitable organization inspired by the courage of a 12 year old Life
Scout, Steven Cozza, who in 1997 took a stand against the BSA’s policy of discrimination. Scouting for All was
founded by members of the BSA. Today, Scouting for All’s membership includes BSA current and past members, community
and religious leaders, as well as persons of various ages, ethnicity, cultures, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations.
We believe in Scouting and social justice for all. We therefore offer the Boy Scouts of America the following resolution
to allow gay youth and adults and atheists into the Scouting program, as is the case with most of the other Scouting
Associations throughout the world.
Scouting for All’s Resolution to the Boy Scouts of America,
As It Relates to Gay and Atheist Youth and Adults in Scouting
We believe that the Boy Scouts of America must rescind its current policy of discrimination against
gay youth, and adults and atheists.
We believe that the Boy Scouts of America, pertaining to gay youth and adults, should return to
its historic standards and allow the chartering (sponsoring) organization and scout units to decide their own membership.
We believe that in allowing the chartering organization and the scout units to decide their own
membership, the Boy Scouts of America should also establish that no person(s) shall be denied membership based
on religious belief, disability, race or sexual orientation.
We believe that the Boy Scouts of America should allow those chartering religious organizations
to continue to remain in Scouting even though their religious doctrine may reject those persons who are gay or
atheist. In cases where youth or adults come out as gay or atheists, they should be allowed to relocate to another
scout unit that accepts diversity of the human family. Should another scout unit not be available the scout could
become a member of the BSA Lone Scout program. With respect to adults, they should be allowed to begin their own
scout unit if another scout unit is not available in their community.
We believe that all those who have been kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America because of their
sexual orientation and/or belief, be granted amnesty and allowed to return as members.
We believe that the Boy Scouts of America should include in their adult leadership training program,
a workshop on cultural diversity that includes sensitivity training on the impact that sexism, homophobia, racism,
and discrimination have on youth and their self esteem.
We believe that the Boy Scouts of America should create a new cultural diversity merit badge for
youth in scouting. This merit badge would include requirements that would teach youth about cultural diversity,
conflict resolution, and how we can help end sexism, homophobia, racism and discrimination among their peers.
We invite the Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America and the BSA National Council
President to meet with the current leadership of Scouting for All for the purpose of opening up communication.
Scouting for All has a genuine and sincere interest in preserving scouting in America and being part of a scouting
program that embraces all youth.
Scott Cozza, President
Scouting for All Board of Directors
Scouting for All Members and Other Supporters, including members of the Boy Scouts of America
Scouting for All Alliance For Human Rights Members
SCOUTING FOR ALL
COMMITTED TO SCOUTING, OPEN TO DIVERSITY