An Alternative, Inclusive Scouting Organization
Posted in the Holland Forum
#1 Jan 18, 2013
My first attempt was to present the idea of a non-discrimination policy for our local Pack to our BSA Council. After a lengthy talk with the Council representative about the idea, I was told that if we adopted a local, non-discrimination policy they would revoke our Pack's charter. I was incredulous. I told the representative at that point, that as an atheist, I was clearly in violation of their policy but that as an Eagle Scout, Leader and longtime active scouter in the program I was a good example of the kind of person the BSA should want involved at the local level, despite my lack of faith or religion. The representative then told me -- in no uncertain terms -- that I was not what the BSA was looking for in an adult leader and to find another organization in which to participate.
I want a Scouting organization that is open to all youth and adults in the spirit of Scouting as a worldwide movement meant to unite cultures around the world in the ideal of service over self. A Scouting organization with a traditional program based on building character and responsibility through the progressive teaching of outdoor skills and a love of nature. Scouting in the U.S., for me, should reflect the respect for diversity, promotion of inclusiveness and hope for the future that we all want to represent and as parents instill in our children.
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