Piedmont Council BSA on the Jamboree SpeechCouncil News—August 8, 2017


In light of recent events surrounding President Trump and the National Jamboree, the Piedmont Council would like to share the following statements with our community.

We agree with the Greater New York Area Councils, quoted in the New York Times article linked below: “it is inappropriate for any president to use the Jamboree as a backdrop for political statements.”

Piedmont Scouting confirms our commitment to inclusiveness and to the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, not to any partisan position.

Yours in Scouting,

Josephine Pegrum Hazelett
Scout Executive
jo.hazelett@scouting.org

Rob James
Council President
rob.james@pillsburylaw.com

Official Boy Scouts of America National Statement:

The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one political position, candidate or philosophy.

The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition dating back to President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937. Since then, an invitation to speak has been extended to every U.S. President that has had a Scout Jamboree occur during his term. This 80-year-old custom of inviting Presidents to speak to Scouts is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. Rather, the speaking invitation is based on our “Duty to Country” from the Scout Oath and out of respect for the Office of the President of the United States.

As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America reflects a number of cultures and beliefs. We will continue to be respectful of the wide variety of viewpoints in this country.

An excerpt from the New York Times (please go to this url to read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/us/boy-scouts-trump-speech.html?rref=collection/timestopic/Boy%20Scouts):

“The Boy Scouts were not in the wrong here,” said Zach Wahls, a co-founder of Scouts for Equality, which pressured for changes to membership policies. “We should not be blaming the organization that always invites the president to speak. We should be talking about the president who took that opportunity and twisted it.”

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