Re: BSA Policy and Politics
Ellen M. Rohr (erohr@JUNO.COM)
Wed, 28 Aug 1996 10:44:21 EDT
On Tue, 27 Aug 1996 21:52:36 -0600 "R. Chip Turner" writes:
>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. I did not think this type of thing was allowable.
Pete Murray then responds:
>Allowable??? We need to encourage -citizenship- not discourage it. I
>hope that there were also Boy Scouts IN UNIFORM at the Republican
>convention as well.
When in doubt check your book. According to my Cub Scout Leader Book
Chapter 7: Uniform Rules and Regulations
. . . The uniform may not be worn by either Cub Scouts or adult
Involved in any distinctly political endeavor.
. . .
In a paragraph before this excerpt it also says:
The Boy Scouts of America shall not, through its governing body
or through any of its officers, the chartered councils, or members,
involve the Scouting movement in any question of political character.
However, this shall not be interpreted to prevent the teaching of the
ideals and patriotism and good citizenship as required to fulfill the Boy
Scouts of America's purpose.
Take it for what it is worth. One of those micro interpretation things
again. It all depends on if they were there representing the BSA or
representing the candidates.
Southbrook District Tiger Cub Chair, RT Staff, Unit Commissioner
plus anything else I don't say NO to loud enough
Potawatomi Area Council, Brookfield, WI
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City