Chess in Scouting (long)
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 08:59:36 -0400
Just this week I received the following letter from Burts Kennedy at
I believe the letter and my reply are self-explanatory. Thank you to
the forum who responded to my request to hear from those interested in
Chess in Scouting. If any of you can recommend a next step at this
would again appreciate your assistance.
Dear Mr. Claff:
This letter is to thank you for all the sports and academic information
you sent me
in June of this year. I compliment you on your use of the sports and
program and your science club.
The material regarding the chess proposal you sent me, as well as all the
information provided from the U.S. Chess Federation by Rachel Lieberman
and Robert C. Ferguson, Jr., was excellent and most appreciated. In
of the strong research information provided, the decision is not to
chess in our Sports and Academic recognition at this time. I'm sorry.
Best wishes for continued quality Cub Scouting.
Dear Mr. Kennedy,
Today I received your letter of September 17, indicating that
considered, but rejected, our request for inclusion of chess in the Cub
Sports and Academics program. Although I am naturally quite disappointed
in this decision, I thank you very much for your time and effort in
Chess in Scouting.
I regret that your letter was not specific as to the reasons for
knowledge of these reasons, it is clearly impossible for us to further
our position, address BSA-National's concerns, or work toward correcting
perceived deficiencies in chess as a worthwhile pursuit for boys.
As I am sure you are aware, BSA is an organization dependent on a hard-
working volunteer labor force. That labor force provides time, energy,
resources to make scouting work for our nation's boys. All we ask in
is a voice in shaping the content of the scouting program - not approval,
a voice. We deserve that consideration.
If our voice is denied, if our stake in this program is taken away, much
popular appeal of scouting will go with it. And the assertion that
serves the wholesome, character-building interests of ALL boys will ring
I will contiinue to incorporate chess into our pack program, and will
also be active
in promoting the idea of Chess in Scouting within the Patawomeck District
National Capital Area Council. I remain convinced that the game in
popular amongst scouts of all ages, and promotes many of the same values
as scouting. I also remain adamant as to the viability of a chess
program in BSA.
Perhaps, sometime in the future, a chess program in scouting may receive
reconsideration at National.
In the meantime, thank you for your time and consideration on our behalf.
Yours in Scouting,
Den Leader Coach
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City