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Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor

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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.


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What You Can Do
Scouting For All's National Campaign
for BSA Members including Scouting Parents, Scout Units, sponsors (Chartering Organizations), and Scout Councils


It is everyone's responsibility to speak out against social injustice, in this case the social injustice of the BSA. We must not turn our backs on those who are being discriminated against. We encourage parents and guardians to make sure your child participates in youth organizations that value the diversity of the human family and have inclusive policies and abide by those policies. In fact the Boy Scouts of America is the only youth organization in America that discriminates against gay youth and adults. As a people we should all feel offended and violated by the Boy Scouts of America's policy of discrimination against gay youth and adults and atheists. When one person is discriminated against we all are discriminated against. The BSA's policy of discrimination is a human rights violation.

The Scouting For All Volunteer Staff, Members and Volunteers believe Scouting is a wonderful program, but it should be a program for all youth not just some youth. Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the World Scouting Movement in 1907 founded Scouting on the principle that Scouting would be offered to all youth and thereby providing them an opportunity to grow and develop as individuals and to help contribute in making this world a better place. There is no room in Scouting for bigotry and discrimination.

Through the Scout Oath and Law, the Boy Scout Handbook, and the Citizenship merit badge booklets, we can see that scouting teaches its members to help make the earth a better place. Discrimination and Bigotry have never been a part of Scouting. Those in Scouting have an ethical and moral obligation to stand against the bigotry of its current leadership.

If you are a Scout sponsor (charting organization e.g. churches, service clubs, etc.) insist that your Scout unit adopt an anti-discrimination policy and send it to the BSA and to your local Scout Council.



"BSA Gives Youth A Harmful Message: Rejecting Gay Kids"

A Call to All Those In Scouting
Scouting For All is calling upon all members of the Boy Scouts of America (adult leaders, paid professionals, parents and Scouts). We ask that you take a stand against the discrimination of the BSA. To remain silent just colludes with the discrimination and bigotry of their hurtful policy against gay youth, adults and atheists. Remember the following quote as you decide what to do:

"In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade Unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up."
Pastor Martin Niemoller

Let's Take Action!

The Scouting for All team, which includes our board of directors, regional and assistant regional directors and consultants are available upon request to provide you consultation and support.
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Scouting for All Asks Mr. Williams, Chief Scout Executive and Mr. Cushman, President, to Step Down From Their Leadership Positions In the Best Interest of the BSA

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BSA Members, Scout Units, Sponsors, Councils

Boy Scouts of America Chief Executive Makes $249,000 Year
Scouting Radio News


Action Alert to All Members of the Boy Scouts of America

OUT SCOUTS Is A Group Made Up Of Scouts Speaking Out Against the Bigotry of the BSA Toward Gay and Atheist Youth and Adults

  • OUT SCOUTS Is A Group Made Up Of Scouts Speaking Out Against the Bigotry of the BSA Toward Gay and Atheist Youth and Adults: OUT SCOUTS is a project of an Ohio University student organization and like Scouting for All is trying to get the BSA to drop its policies banning gays and atheists. We hope to work very closely with Scouting for All to achieve our common goals.

The Boy Scouts of America are Violating Their Own Scout Oath and Law

BSA Resolution Denouncing Gay and Atheist Youth and Adults In Scouting - February 6, 2002

The Boy Scout Decision - Why The US Supreme Court Got It Wrong - The BSA is a Public Accommodation not a Private Organization

Letter to the World Organization of the Scouting Movement from Scouting for All and Its Supporters in the United States of America and Throughout the World


Boy Scouts of America Position Statements

Official Position Statements of the Boy Scouts of America on Diversity, School Access and the United Way

Network Media Coverage of the Discriminatory Policy of the Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts of America Membership Statistics

History of The Boy Scouts of America


Protest by Turning in your Scout Awards

As Members of the BSA One Way to Oppose the BSA's Policy of Discrimination is to Inform Your Local Council and BSA National that You Will NO LONGER Contribute to Friends of Scouting, Instead Contribute to Another Local youth Organization or to Scouting For All

A Sample Letter for BSA Members, Scout Units and Scouting Parents to Use in requesting that Their Local United Way to Stop Funding the BSA Until it Rescinds its Policy of Discrimination

Synopsis On The History And Current Dilemma Facing The Boy Scouts of America: A Must Read For Anyone Interested In Learning About The FACTS

Some Scout Councils Attempt to Mislead the Public and Funders such as the United Way to Secure New Membership and Funding and to Retain Current Membership

Scouts Take a Stand Against the Boy Scouts of America's Policy Of Discrimination

Scout Units - If you are aware of a Scout Unit in your area that has adopted an anti-discrimination statement / policy and would like to be listed in this section to inspire other Scout Units to do the same, please send your information to info@scoutingforall.org. We would be honored to list the courageous Scout Unit in this section of the Scouting For All web page.

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Scout Councils - If you are aware of a BSA Scout Council in your area that has adopted an anti-discrimination statement / policy or has questioned the BSA policy of discrimination in any way, please send Scouting for All your information to info@scoutingforall.org. It will help inspire other Scout Councils to also find the true scouting courage to stand against social injustice, even if that injustice is being committed by their own organization, the Boy Scouts of America.

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Scout Professionals - Current and Past BSA Members

Sponsoring (Chartering) Organizations (services clubs, PTAs, Churches) - If you are aware of a chartered (sponsoring) organization in your area that has adopted an anti-discrimination statement / policy or has taken a stand in another way against the BSA's policy of discrimination and would like to be listed in this section to inspire other chartering organizations to do the same, please send your information to info@scoutingforall.org.

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Youth and Parents (guardians)

Gay Scouts Need Gay Adult Scout Leaders

What do I do as a Parent?

BSA Today


www.bsatoday.org - BSA Today attempts to provide a "plain language" summary and analysis of news dealing with the general topic of discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America. It contains links to a wide variety of other sites that can be used to conduct further research into the topic. It has been described by some as a "library." Hope you find it useful.

 

 

 

Scouting For All is not an alternative scouting program.
We are an education and advocacy organization reaching out to gay and nontheist youth and adults in our effort to get the Boy Scouts of America to rescind its exlusionary policy.

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