Re: BSA Policy and Politics
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Wed, 28 Aug 1996 09:51:55 -0500
Chip Turner had asked:
>What is the BSA policy regarding the involvement of Scouts in political
>events? I was struck by the involvement of a Boy Scout and a Cub Scout
>in the flag ceremony for the Democratic National Convention tonight.
Scouts and Scouters are not to appear in uniform at a campaign event. Yes,
they can appear on stage with a political leader, but not if the purpose is
for campaigning or election of a particular personage. The reason is to not
give the impression the BSA is endorsing one candidate or another.
I saw a newspaper picture of a similar event at the GOP convention while I
was at NOAC. I was very upset over what I think is an obvious breach of
policy. Let's face it, the purpose of these conventions has become little
more than a four day informercial for the candidates.
I showed this picture to several other Scouters while at NOAC and no one saw
anything wrong. One went as far as to comment along the lines that for
enough money a council would have Boy Scouts appear anywhere and that we
would see the same thing at the Democrats' convention. Well, on the last
point he was right.
Yes, we may appear at civic occassions with political leaders. However we
are not supposed to appear in uniform at campaign events. IMO, the
appearance of Scouts at both conventions were violations of this.
John Pannell, Unit Commissioner
Three Fires Council, IL
I used to be a buffalo (SR-92, working ticket)
but will always be an Eagle (1981)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City