Great Rivers Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
  • Petitioned Doug Callahan, Scout Executive

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Doug Callahan, Scout Executive

Great Rivers Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

    1. Howard Hutton
    2. Petition by

      Howard Hutton

      Columbia, MO

We, the Scouts and community members of Columbia, MO urge the Great Rivers Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

As a Life member of the Philmont Staff Association and an Eagle Scout I am tortured by the current, negatively impacting, exclusionary policies of the BSA. The Anti-gay policy affects the BSA and our whole society - specifically and generally. If there were no policy on this issue, members could take care of this issue on their own and in their own family. The anti-gay policy perpetuates idolatries of the mind, demons from our past, that most mental health professionals would recommend putting to sleep. I would be glad to put a board of professionals together to answer questions the council may have surrounding this subject. Please become a supporting Council.

Among service organizations, the Boy Scouts are increasingly isolating themselves with their discriminatory policy. Organizations including the Girl Scouts, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as the 4H Club all welcome gay kids as well as adult leaders.

We love the Boy Scouts, but we can’t support this policy. That's why we urge you to speak out against the ban on gay Scouts and leaders and adopt an inclusive policy like other troops, packs, councils, and lodges across the country have done -- so the Boy Scouts can maintain its relevancy, improve recruitment, and truly live by the principles it teaches its members.

NOTE: We encourage everyone to join this campaign, but if you're a current or former Scout or leader, please say so in the "Why People Are Signing" section. Thanks!

Doug Callahan, Scout Executive, Great Rivers Council
Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

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Recent signatures


    1. The fog is lifting

      Howard Hutton
      Petition Organizer

      The Great Rivers Council has voted to lift the ban on gay youth and the National Organization will most likely follow. We endeavor to have the ban entirely lifted and an inclusionary policy drafted and voted on before the end of 2014. "Education in Love in place of Fear" by Baden Powell - Founder of the Boy Scouts. Thank you for your support.

    2. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Robert Schwartz COLUMBIA, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      Justice, human decency, and equal rights and opportunity demand it.

    • Christy Hutton COLUMBIA, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      As a mother and a former den leader I value all boys, no matter what. As a psychologist I cringe at the misinformation bantered about by BSA about sexual predators. I spent 7 years doing sex offender treatment for the state of MO. Not one of my clients was gay, all but one were straight men the other was a straight woman. I guess if you really want to protect boys you need to ban the straight men from scouting...somehow that just doesn't make sense does it. Ban all straight men because a small percentage offend. Follow the lead of many churches. Do background checks. Always have 2 adults present at everything. Allow leaders who deeply care about scouting, scouting values, and the boys and families involved in scouting. One can do that regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

    • Mary Moss ROLLA, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      I've been in scouting for years because I think it's an excellent program, but I disagree with the antigay policy. It is very harmful to a youth to exclude him because of what he is, not for what he has done. Lots of young people face difficult lives now and they need the peer group and good values that scouting can bring. I am in Ozark Trails Council in Rolla, registered as committee member with Troop 81 and assistant cubmaster in Pack 81. I realize I'm in a different council, but just putting in my opinion & hoping things will change as the rest of the world seems to be changing.

    • Larry Dorman COLUMBIA, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      Bigotry in all forms needs to be abolished. As a federal charter, this case is especially unacceptable.

    • Lawrence Lile ASHLAND, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      As a Life Scout, I found Scouting to be an important influence on my life. Just after racial integration fully came into effect, I was involved in mentoring young disadvantaged black Scouts, a very satisfying experience. This time is no different. There is no room for prejudice and discrimination in Scouting.


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