Photo credit: Dean J. Koepfler/Staff Photographer, The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA).
We’d also like to respond to something BSA’s official spokesperson was quoted as saying in the article:
A statement from national spokesman Deron Smith sent to The News Tribune on June 13 read: “This is not an official patch and represents a personal viewpoint, not Scouting.”
It’s true that this is not a BSA-sanctioned patch, but that’s precisely the point. The Boy Scouts of America, Inc. is not the same as Scouting. Scouting is a movement; BSA is a corporation.
The Scouting movement includes the values of loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, courtesy, kindness, and equality that are all inconsistent with the BSA’s discriminatory membership policies.
BSA as a corporation exists to support the thousands of parents and volunteer Scouters across the country who are doing the actual work, day-to-day and week-to-week, of delivering a quality Scouting program to our nation’s youth. When BSA demands obedience like this regarding its discriminatory policies and the youth members harmed by them, it forgets who it exists to serve.
In this case, the Inclusive Scouting Award patch is not merely a “personal viewpoint.” Rather, it represents Scouting better than the BSA currently does.