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Oregon Trail Council: Reject the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy

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We, the Scouts and community members of the Willamette Valley and Oregon Coast, urge the Oregon Trail Council to vote to include gay youth and leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.

Among service organizations, the Boy Scouts are increasingly isolating themselves with this policy...a policy that works to exclude (or forces to stay in hiding) up to 12% of its youth members.  For those Troops that are church sponsored, the Church leaders typically will not ask youth to leave if they are gay (nor, on the other hand, will they encourage them to be honest).  It's time to be open and honest and to officially welcome the youth and leaders who have actually been a part of Scouting (and contributed to its success) from its inception...albeit, in hiding. 

Other organizations have come to this realization, including the Girl Scouts, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as the 4H Club, all of whom welcome gay youth as well as adult leaders.

We love the Boy Scouts and feel this policy needs to be changed.  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, encourage honesty, and truly live by the principles it teaches its members.


 Thanks!

 

Bruce Alder

Scoutmaster, 2008-2011

Oregon Trail Council



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