Hi everyone, in light of recent events, we've gotten new types of questions from members and member families that we haven't had to deal with before.   Does HQ or any of your groups have policies, guidelines, or position papers on the role of the BPSA, member groups , and scouts in political activism?

By political activism, I mean pragmatic and real world decisions like discussing the topic with youth, providing positive forums for discussion, supporting or not supporting youth/Pathfinder desires to become active,  supporting (or not) marches consistent with our values, participating (or not) in marches, sharing Facebook posts, distributing (or not) member families event notices to the group community, participating (or not) in boycotts, responding to parents concerns about boycotts (recently focusing on Paypal), etc.

We've started an outline ourselves of some of our thoughts, but we wanted to learn from all of your great ideas and opinions. Any guidance, best practices, HQ policies, or suggestions are appreciated.

Thank you,

Robert

GSM, 8thPVD

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Another idea hit me.  Make sure that the camp you're set up on is on private property and you're outfit has permission to be there.  I wasn't aware that the Dakota Access protesters' base camp was not on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and on Federal land instead.  Its only a matter of time before the Feds steamroll them like they did the Bonus Army at the Anacostia Flats.

Some of our scouts went to a rally not long ago here in Sacramento in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting. We manned the water tables, providing a central point for bottled water, sunscreen, and snack donations as well as chairs in the shade where people could sit down and take a break.

We repainted a campaign sign: A scout is a friend to all.

We offered water to everyone, which was politely declined by the small number of anti-gay demonstrators.

Geoffrey, a wonderful post. May I borrow this, crediting you of course, for the development of an FAQ-type document on this issue?

Thank you.... Always such a pleasure.

We are attending non-partisan events that line up with our Scout ideals of being a friend to all and a sibling to every other Scout.  Towards that end we have attended vigils for hope and kindness as a Scout group in uniform to support those ideals.  We would not participate in anything that directly protested the constitutionally elected president.

Happy to be of service--please use it as you see fit :)

Sue Pesznecker said:

Geoffrey, a wonderful post. May I borrow this, crediting you of course, for the development of an FAQ-type document on this issue?

Thank you.... Always such a pleasure.

Thank you!

Geoffrey McGrath said:

Happy to be of service--please use it as you see fit :)

Sue Pesznecker said:

Geoffrey, a wonderful post. May I borrow this, crediting you of course, for the development of an FAQ-type document on this issue?

Thank you.... Always such a pleasure.

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