scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: National Scouting Museum in DC
Jay L. Lenrow (jlenrow@LKHO.COM
Fri Jun 09 2000 - 07:41:09 CDT
While I recognize that some of you think that Washington, D.C. is the
prime location for the National Scouting Museum, I must respectfully
disagree. As someone who lives in the Baltimore area of Maryland and
who attended both graduate school and law school in the District of
Columbia, I know first hand just how political DC can be. An example
that comes to mind is the action by the City Council of Tacoma Park,
Maryland, a DC suburb, declaring Tacoma Park a "nuclear free zone."
With all of the hoopla surrounding the Dale case and the "controversial"
policies of the BSA, trying to site the museum in DC would just make
political fodder for all of those whose political agenda would be
enhanced by attacking the Scouts.
As for Fort AP Hill, forget it. One of the issues in the Dale case
surrounds whether there are ties between the Scouts and governmental
agencies. Remember, certain court decisions and constitutional
protections concern discrimination by the GOVERNMENT and not private
organizations. Lawyers expand this by claiming that any group accepting
governmental assistance is bound by the same rules as the governmental
body. Let's not go down that path. Keep Scouting "non-public" and keep
That's just MHO.
Jay L. Lenrow, Eagle Class of 1966
Scoutmaster, Troop 18, Owings Mills, Maryland
First Assistant Scoutmaster - BAC "Yellow" Troop, Jambo 2001
Council FOS Chairman, Baltimore Area Council
Vice Chairman for Administration, Arrowhead District
(Proud son of a Life Scout and father of a Life Scout)
and a Silver Beaver too