Boy Scouts of America will require diversity merit badge to become Eagle Scout

David Aaro – New York Post June 17, 2020

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced Monday it will implement a specific “diversity and inclusion merit badge” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement that will be required to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout going forward.

In a letter to scouting families, the organization said it will also require diversity and inclusion training for all BSA employees starting on July 1, and a review of property names, events and insignia will be conducted “to build on and enhance the organization’s nearly 30-year ban on [the] use of the Confederate flag.”

“The Boy Scouts of America stands with Black families and the Black community because we believe that Black Lives Matter,” the letter said. “This is not a political issue; it is a human rights issue and one we all have a duty to address.”

The BSA used the term “murders” when discussing George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Their deaths ignited recent protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. The organization said all those not named were equally important, adding it hears “the anguish, feel[s] the heartbreak, and join[s] the country’s resolve to do better.”

“As our country reckons with racial injustice, we all must consider our role and our failures and commit to meaningful action,” the BSA said. “There is no place for racism — not in Scouting and not in our communities. Racism will not be tolerated.”

The organization said the new diversity and inclusion badge will build on components within existing merit badges that require Scouts to learn about and engage with other groups and cultures. To ensure diversity and inclusion are “engrained at every level,” the BSA will also be reviewing “every element of our programs.”

The changes come nearly four months after the BSA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, halting the hundreds of lawsuits it faced after decades of sexual abuse claims against the 110-year-old organization over the years.

Sexual abuse settlements had reportedly strained the Boy Scouts’ finances, with states passing laws last year so victims of long-ago abuse can sue for damages.

On Monday, the BSA said it wasn’t as brave as it should have been in the past, but said, as Scouts, “we must always stand for what is right.”

“I think this is a big deal to the extent that all these traditional, Christian-oriented organizations are trying to get their houses in order with regard to systematic racism,” Alvin Tillery Jr., a political science professor at Northwestern University, told NBC News. “This is an organization that is super-embattled and they’ve had to adopt more progressive stances because nobody wants to have anything to do with them.”

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5 responses to “Boy Scouts of America will require diversity merit badge to become Eagle Scout”

  1. The Boy scouts america have seen a whole raft of queer scoutmaster scandals
    remember our own Jimmy saville was an asistant scoutmaster until he was thrown out for ” sexual misdemeanors” of course BBC solicitors hid it all up
    BTW great comment by elis taylor on jumping out of windows

  2. They gain a badge to prove they’ve learned about it, they don’t necessarily agree with it.

  3. Maybe the next merit badge will be an “Oral”exam?

  4. The BSA really no longer even exists. Any parent allowing their child into that pedo ring is giving approval for their children to be buggered.

    Whether you take the middle road of, ‘they prove they’ve learned about it, but don’t necessarily agree with it’, is kind of moot point to a child without the sophistication (even at Eagle level) to understand it.

    It will be taught by adults with an agenda and charisma. They groom.

  5. My oldest brother, by 9 years, as a boy, signed up to be a scout, before I was born.
    By the time he’d got to Eagle Scout, he was a full-on homosexual.
    We lived rurally, in the midwest of the US, so it wasn’t the community but the Boy Scouts that turned him queer. I felt that at age 5, and now that he’s been dead 9 years, I have this confirmation.
    My next older brother was a cub scout, less than one year, and bailed. He never said why, but he’s been dead now 49 years, so I’ll ask him in the hereafter about that. He was close enough in age that we fought over girlfriends. Scouts never got to him! As for me,
    I hate uniforms, dislike authority and have difficulty butt-f***ing other boys. I never entertained joining anything. Ever.