Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
  • Petitioned Mount Diablo Silverado Council

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Mount Diablo Silverado Council

Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

    1. Petition by

      Tenisha Neal

      Albany, CA

We, the Scouts and community members of the San Francisco Bay Area urge the Mount Diablo Silverado Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

I could not be more grateful for all the enrichment my son and my family have had the opportunity to experience from being involved in the Albany Pack 3 Scouting Program. With that being said, let's make a great organization even better by ensuring that exclusion and discriminatory practices are no longer perpetuated and tolerated by the Mount Diablo Silverado 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!

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    • Harold Tipping SAN JOSE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      former Scout-this just makes good sense in these trying times!

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    • Vincent Barbatti CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Eagle Scout, Troop 44, Radford, VA, BRMC.

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    • Andrea Thomas SAN JOSE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have been a Girl Scout for 15 years, 13 as a girl and 2 as a leader. As a leader, I am becoming more and more aware of the ways that Girl Scouts has improved me and my life. The skills and opportunities Girl Scouts has given me are uncountable, immeasurable, and invaluable. Whether intentionally or not, I live my life by the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law. How I treat and accept people being one among many of the examples. Scouting is such a huge part of my life and who I am, and it breaks my heart that boys and my possible future sons do not have a similar organization of which to become a part. Boys who go throughout the Boy Scout program should be allowed to feel as I do about Girl Scouts: that it is a part of who they are and they will live their life as a Boy Scout. However, when you are turning boys away for being incredibly brave by coming out, you are taking so much away from them. Something that has been a part of their daily life has turned against them. It is a contradiction to the values and principles that scouting teaches our youth. I beg you to speak out against this policy and adopt an inclusive one that is more in line with the values that we want our boys to learn and experience.

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    • Stacey Frey-Castro SAN RAMON, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Current Cub Scout leader- pack 996

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      • about 2 years ago

      Always had an issue with the boy scouts. This issue just reconfirms my trepidation .

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