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Please excuse me for taking up so much space. I copied/pasted this email from the Pacific region “exec” of Boy Scouts. I live in Olympia, WA, and sent him an email saying how appalled I was about Trump and hoped he would speak out to the National. I was polite, no ‘shouting’ or name calling. I’ve attached it to show that perhaps not all BSA ‘leaders’ are opposed or even disagreed with the shocking behavior of Pres. Trump. You see the ‘standard’ statement is there, just as in the National. But note the paragraph that begins with “I was in audience…” and also the Trump-speak sentence: “They were not excited about the Presidents that chose not to come.” huh? Of course this is his way of saying Pres. Obama, without taking responsibility for it. The other comments: “99% of talk…” and saying media not “accurate”. That’s a hard one to defend, since ‘we’ all watched it live on TV. So thank you for letting me use this space. This is the email reply to me:

Dear Janis,

Since its inception in 1910, each sitting U.S. President has served as the Boy Scouts of America’s honorary president. It is a long-standing tradition for the Boy Scouts of America to invite the U.S. President to attend the National Jamboree. Seven of the 11 U.S. Presidents who were in office at the time of the National Jamboree attended the event in person to address the largest gathering of Scouts in the country. Most recently, President George W. Bush visited the Jamboree in 2005, President William J. Clinton in 1997 and President George H. W. Bush in 1989.

The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not favor the interests of one political candidate over another. We do not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies.

I was in the audience. The Scouts were excited because he came. They were not excited about other Presidents that chose not to come. 99% of this talk was surrounding finding something for your career that you are passionate about and then using perseverance to create momentum and succeed in life as well as serving as leaders of families, churches, communities and as a citizen. Did I like every part? No. Do I believe the media is accurately portraying what happened? No.


Ralph Voelker

Scout Executive