Boy Scouts of America sends disappointingly terse reply to my letter

Donald Trump spoke at the Boy Scout National Jamboree Monday night

In my mailbox today was this disappointingly generic reply to my letter protesting Donald Trump’s politicization of the Boy Scout National Jamboree.

The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one political position, candidate or philosophy.

The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition dating back to President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937. Since then, an invitation to speak has been extended to every U.S. President that has had a Scout Jamboree occur during his term. This 80-year-old custom of inviting Presidents to speak to Scouts is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. Rather, the speaking invitation is based on our “Duty to Country” from the Scout Oath and out of respect for the Office of the President of the United States.

As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America reflects a number of cultures and beliefs. We will continue to be respectful of the wide variety of viewpoints in this country.

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Note: This E-mail is sent with reference to Incident #1935491
Kindly mention Reference Number ‘ref#24-1935491’ for further E-mail communication in this regard.

The letter was not signed, but came from this email address: SDE@netbsa.org Since there was no request that I keep the reply private, I am reprinting it here in its entirety — all three paragraphs of it.

I was not surprised to get a boilerplate reply, since I sent it to the BSA’s general address. I tried to find the emails of the leadership, but was unsuccessful in finding them. If anyone knows Michael Surbaugh’s email address, please let me know in the comments.

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