To: Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts: Keep politics out of the Jamboree speech

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We the undersigned ask the Boy Scouts of America to release a statement recognizing that it will stay true to its spirit as a national organization where efforts are made for all to feel welcome and that the explicitly partisan rhetoric of Donald Trump's speech, such as encouraging "boos" of his predecessor, was wrong.

Why is this important?

During his address to the 2017 National Scouting Jamboree, Donald Trump delivered a highly politicized and divisive speech that is against the patriotic spirit of the Boy Scouts of America.

I am a proud Eagle Scout who was an active Scout for twelve years, from Tiger Scouting through Cub Scouting and into Boy Scouting. As someone with different political values than the current president, I found his remarks at the Jamboree to be alienating and the use of the Boy Scouts as a prop by him to be dispiriting.

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Reasons for signing

  • Donald Trump is continually setting these examples of behavior that are so childish and of such low character, we must speak out to support our Scouting values. A Tennessee Eagle Scout 1954
  • Ever the manipulator, Donald Trump.
  • I am an Eagle Scout and come from a family of Eagle Scouts (my father and both my brothers). We all find Donald Trump morally repugnant and the BSA should to if it is at all interested in the principles it purports to teach.