This is an open letter to Boy Scouts of America from an Eagle Scout who feels enraged and at lost at the situation I will be addressing.
Now that BSA has finally sorted out the openly gay scouts issue, which I am disappointed it took so long to finally come to the right solution, I am going to take on BSA’s sponsorship of an Indy car. I know I am late on this topic but, life happens.
I happened to see the beginning of the Indy 500 this year when the drivers were coming up and being shown. One of the drivers had a racing suit on with BSA across it and had a car with BSA and a Boy Scout Logo on it. Boy Scouts of America is helping to sponsor an Indy car.
According to CNN Boy Scouts of America is putting at least some millions of dollars into getting the logo all over the driver’s suit and car.
There is a list of adjectives that all scouts must aspire towards and doing this goes against all twelve of them, that list is:
A scout is…
- trustworthy: Boy Scouts all across the U.S. pay dues to the Boy Scout Organization trusting them to use that money to support Boy Scouts and advance the objectives of the organization.
- loyal: All Boy Scouts are expected to be loyal to their friends, family and country. They are supposed to be the true friends who stick with you through thick and thin.
- helpful: Boy Scouts are known for their volunteer orientation and willingness to help in any way they can (or are supposed to be).
- friendly: A Scout tries to be a friend to all others and especially to other scouts. Scouts are brethren and should heed that duty.
- courteous:Good manners, spilling milk all over oneself on purpose?
- kind:Treat others as you would want to be treated. If I needed help I would like to have it and not seen energy wasted on putting up a useless sign.
- obedient:”A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.”-boyscouttrail.com I honestly think that I can just leave this here even if it does not help my argument at all.
- cheerful:I’m just trying to do the best I can with a touch of humor sometimes, see above.
- thrifty: This one is the most straightforward. A scout saves for unforseen circumstances, a scout tries to pay for himself and to help pay for others and wisely deals with money.
- brave: A scout is willing to say something (no matter how little he actually says or does) if he sees a wrong. (Even though I’m not being particularly brave with this)
- clean: The milk again? Or keeping the mind and body fit and clean: sitting and watching a race does neither. The latter I think everyone can agree on the prior not so much, just my opinion.
- reverent: This one cycles back to being thrifty: tithes, donations, being kind, friendly and helpful.
This BSA money could be spent in much better places then on the side of a racing car in my opinion. Spending this money this way goes against almost all of the twelve parts of the law and should be spent either on updating and improving BSA equipment or camps, helping needy scouts get to those camps or do other activities, put into other scouting projects or otherwise donated and invested in other non-profit organizations and the BSA.
At the very least this money should be spent on taking a group of scouts to the Indy 500, not sponsoring a car.
A Lost Eagle