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Petitioning Golden Empire Council Council Service Center and 6 others

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!

Letter to
Golden Empire Council Council Service Center
Scout Executive, Golden Empire Council James Martin
Finance Director, Golden Empire Council David Hagar
and 4 others
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
As loyal Scouts, Scout leaders, and supportive community members, we urge the Golden Empire Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

Tim Griffin was loved by his fellow camp staffers and the Boy Scouts who participated in his programming at Camp Winton. If Tim's sexual orientation truly had nothing to do with his removal, then we urge the council to adopt an inclusive members and leader policy, just like the Northern Star Council in Minnesota, and several other councils across the United States, have already adopted.

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.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,