The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 15, 2013

Scouting under attack


As it turns out, silence is not always golden. A few groups who do have an agenda on this issue (the national media calls them "activists") have undertaken to bully corporations and private donors to withhold charitable support, unless the National BSA changes it membership policy. As a result, the National Council is likely to amend its rules, allowing local Scout Chartered Partners (local churches or civic groups who sponsor Scouting) to make their own decision. While this may work very well for many, it is possible that some churches and other groups will simply fold their Scouting units, rather than subject themselves to political pressure that they wish to avoid.

Diversity within a national organization is often a good thing. The great "melting pot" which is the United States has benefited greatly by combining influences from every corner of the world. While I currently serve Scouting as a council president, my opinions are mine; alone. I never have, and I never will, have any concern about good natured, well-meaning adults of every race, creed, color, gender, or sexual orientation, who wish to volunteer their time and talent to Scouting's mission of character building, skills instruction, and leadership training. The real question is what we will achieve, and at what cost. If this change means more volunteers who will bring more Scouting to more children, it could not come at a better time. If it means fewer Scouting units serving fewer children, just so that a handful of adults can further their private political agenda, it is hard to see any hope in this change.

William Carlucci, Williamsport

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