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Boy Scouts apologize for Trump’s insertion of politics into their jamboree

Having come under continued fire over President Trump’s appearance at organization’s quadrennial jamboree in West Virginia, the Boy Scouts of America have taken a second crack at a post-event statement. Here’s the gist, this time:


‘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.’


Michael Surbaugh, Boy Scouts of America


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The statement, in the form of a letter signed by Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, conceded that “we live in a challenging time in a country divided along political lines” but vowed that the focus of scouting remains the same in this atmosphere as it has ever been.

“Trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness and bravery are just a few of the admirable traits Scouts aspire to develop — in fact, they make up the Scout Oath and Scout Law,” the letter stated, adding: “As part of our program’s duty to country, we teach youth to become active citizens, to participate in their government, respect the variety of perspectives and to stand up for individual rights.”


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