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Golden Empire Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy and reinstate Tim Griffin

Our friend Tim Griffin needs your help.

Eagle Scout Tim Griffin, the longest-serving employee (8 years) at Camp Winton in Amador County, California, was fired by the Golden Empire Council because he is gay.

Tim was loved not only by his fellow camp staffers, but all of the Boy Scouts who participated in programs he ran at the camp. The Golden Empire Council claims he was fired because he violated the camp's dress code. But as his direct supervisor at the Camp Winton, I know this isn't true. He was fired because of his sexual orientation. The men who fired Tim haven't even stepped foot on Camp Winton this summer.

In response to this hurtful display of discrimination, I resigned in protest, as did 9 other camp employees. Though we love the Boy Scouts, we cannot work for an organization that treats great employees like Tim as second-class citizens.

The Golden Empire Council says that Tim's sexual orientation had nothing to do with his removal. If this is truly the case, we urge the council to adopt an inclusive member and leader policy, just like the Northern Star Council in Minnesota has.

Please join me and my fellow Camp Winton employees in standing with Tim. Join us in urging the Golden Empire Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

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!

This petition was delivered to:
  • Golden Empire Council
    Council Service Center
  • Scout Executive, Golden Empire Council
    James Martin
  • Finance Director, Golden Empire Council
    David Hagar
  • Program Director, Golden Empire Council
    Glen Goddard
  • Executive Secretary, Golden Empire Council
    Barbara Seaton
  • Membership Registrar, Golden Empire Council
    Judi Velasquez
  • Camping Registrar, Golden Empire Council
    Naseb Rahman


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