Presidential Candidates and Scouting (summary)
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Tue, 3 Nov 1992 00:39:03 CST
Well...its the day before the election. Here is a summary of the information
that was collected on all six presidential/vice presidential candidates. My
belated thanks to the Quapaw Area Council and the Middle Tennessee Councils
for part of this information as well as the National Editorial Service, BSa
that provided the rest of the background:
President George Bush has never been a member or a leader of any of Scouting's
units. As Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America, the President has
a honorary hand in the shaping of the BSA and the National BSA liasion, one
of the staff members of the National Capitol Area Council BSA (which serves the
Washington D.C. area as well as counties in northern Virginia and southern
Maryland) makes a quarterly visit to the White House to visit with and update
the President on significant Scouting activities and events and ways that the
Oval Office can influnce Scouts and Scouters to "do their best".
The President, by tradition, will be a reciepient of the Silver Buffalo Award
sometime during the last months of his office.
(the President's wife Barbara served as a Den Mother with a Pack in Texas.
The BSA was unable to find the specific Pack number or Council number).
Vice President Danforth Quayle has never been a member or leader in any of
Scouting's units. As a former Senator from Indiana, Quayle was honored with
the Silver Beaver Award from the Hoosier Trails Council.
Governor Bill Clinton has never been a member or leader in any of the Scouting
units. He also has been recognized with the Silver Beaver Award from the
Quapaw Area Council for youth program leadership.
Senator Albert Gore has been honored by Scouting Councils in Tennessee for
his participation and support of various enviromental programs, including
the SOAR (Save Our American Resources) programs of the Middle Tennessee, West
Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains Council. (There is a record that he was
presented the Silver Beaver Award, but it is unclear as to which Council in
Tennessee presented it. I waited for several days to get an response from
all three Councils...didn't get one. National does have a record that a
certificate and medallion was sent).
Mr. H. Ross Perot is an Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm and has long been
associated with Scouting in Texarkana, Texas over the many years. He has
been a "drop in" to visit his old Scout Troop and credits Scouting for
contributing to his success. He has never served as a adult leader in any
of Scouting's programs; but has served on the National Court of Honor, which
approves national heroism, service and meritorious acheivement awards of the
Rear Admiral James Stockdale's Scouting background was unavailable through
any source. (I was able to get information on several Stockdales that would
match his age (late 60s), but could not for certain make a match. The people
at the Perot campaign did not know either.)
As my "honies" Jessiann stated a while back and which does bears repeating
in this forum, the absence or confirmation of a person's Scouting background
does not gurantee that the candidate(s) above would or would not be a good
leader of our nation. In this nation of personal choice, each one of us has
our own personal ideas of what constitutes "leadership".
I agree. Please use this only as an exercise in what Scouting does for those
involved, either as adults or as youth members. Use this as additional
background material on all of the candidates. PLease don't use this as
a basis for your vote in the coming hours.
Scouting is a program of personal growth, of citizenship and personal
character development. Please take the time today and please vote for the
people that you wish to lead this nation and its youth. Please share with
the youth of our nation the importance of the process that we use to elect of
officials, national, state and local and to vote on issues affecting our
communities, states and the nation. Please set the example that all of use
as Scouters should be setting, by encouraging others to vote, by pooling
people that are infirmed or otherwise unable to get to the voting booths, and
by displaying the American Flag and wearing the Scout uniform as outward
symbols that although we may differ on our political philosophies, that we
stick together as a nation because this is one thing that makes us truly
My apologies in not getting this out earlier, but I wanted to verify all of
the information with the parties and the last call came yesterday evening.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City