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Statement in response to President Trump at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree

 The following official statement was issued by the Boy Scouts of America after the appearance and speech of President Trump at the 2017 National Scout 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 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."

The Voyageurs Area Council is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America. Our mission is to make available to all youth the opportunity to participate in a program of character building, citizenship training, leadership development, and physical fitness training. The vision is that we will be the premier youth organization providing character development opportunities to a diverse and inclusive membership.

As a council we will continue to pursue this mission and vision in a non-partisan way, respecting all who may wish to serve and participate with us.


Michael Jenkins

Scout Executive



7/26/2017 CW

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