Dear Friends of Scouting,
Yesterday’s visit by the President has upset many within the American scouting family and worldwide fellowship of scouting. We in Troop 80 adhere to the spirit and traditions of scouting. We are apolitical. This means outside citizenship awards, there is no discussion of politics. BSA’s national chief scout executive apologizes for political rhetoric inserted into the Jamboree:
I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.
—Mike Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive for Boy Scouts of America, 7/27/17 letter excerpt
We know all scouts want to do is hit the trailhead and do fun stuff. Join us as we teach these scouts survival, leadership and many more life skills each week so they can continue to leave no trace, be a friend to the environment, and live the scout oath and law.
Your and your scout are welcome to visit our meetings any time. We’d prefer to know you’re coming ahead of time but we are a Semper Gumby kind of troop: We’re flexible. We’ll make it work. Otherwise, free to contact me directly at Troop80Historian@gmail.com.
Following response is by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), who also is a distinguished Eagle Scout.
Troop 80 Committee Chair