Petitioning Western Massachusetts Council - Boy Scouts of America David Kruse, Scout Executive & CEO and 10 others

Western Massachusetts Council - Boy Scouts of America: Adopt an affirmative policy of non-discrimination toward LGBT membership.

3,812
Supporters

A passive stance on this issue is morally wrong and does not uphold the tenets of scouting. Other youth service organizations, including the Girl Scouts, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the 4H Club all welcome LGBT members and leaders. We love the Boy Scouts, but we can’t support the policy that is in place now. That is why we urge you to speak out and adopt an inclusive policy as other troops, packs, councils, and lodges across the country and within the commonwealth have done - so the Boy Scouts can maintain its relevancy, improve recruitment, and truly live by the principles it teaches its members. Let's teach our children to be brave, and stand up for the rights of others!

NOTE: We encourage everyone to join this campaign, but if you're a current or former Scout, parent, or leader, please say so in the "Why People Are Signing" section. Also, if you're a parent who has decided not to allow your child(ren) to participate in BSA because of the current discriminatory policy, or if you might withdraw your active scout(s) if the policy remains unchanged, please say so, especially if you live in Western Massachusetts. Thanks!

Letter to
Western Massachusetts Council - Boy Scouts of America David Kruse, Scout Executive & CEO
General Knox District - Boy Scouts of America Hank Arenstam, District Commissioner
Chapweq District - Boy Scouts of America Andrew Dufault, District Commissioner
and 8 others
Appalachian Trail District - Boy Scouts of America Vicki Kornacki, District Commissioner
Western Massachusetts Council - Boy Scouts of America Cheryl D. Izyk, Council Commissioner
Chapweq District - Boy Scouts of America Sean Farnam, District Executive
General Knox District - Boy Scouts of America Joel Parker, District Executive
Appalachian Trail District - Boy Scouts of America Hunter McCormick, Senior District Executive
Metacomet District - Boy Scouts of America Steve Roberts, Senior District Executive
Western Massachusetts Council - Boy Scouts of America Bob D'Avignon, Assistant Scout Executive
Metacomet District - Boy Scouts of America Julia Mawson, District Commissioner
We ask that the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America immediately adopt an affirmative, inclusive policy of non-discrimination and acceptance toward LGBT participation in any role within the organization. Furthermore, we ask that the leadership and voting delegates of this council promote and support this position with the National Council, and in any policy determination process related to this matter.

In order for scouting to survive, change must come. The demographics of tolerance are stark; an overwhelming majority of children and young adults support LGBT equality. It is the duty of the leaders of this council to uphold the principles of scouting, and show our youth that they can depend on you to do the right thing, so that they can follow and learn from your example.