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Eagle Req.: Fact or Fiction? Saw this in the Media BLM Diversity

Saw this briefly mentioned in the media today… is it fact or fiction?

Boy Scouts Introduce Black Lives Matter Inspired ‘Diversity And Inclusion’ Badge, Will Be Required To Become Eagle Scout

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Technically, they’ve committed to introducing a specific diversity and inclusion merit badge that will be required for the rank of Eagle Scout. No such badge has been introduced yet.

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As Usual, the BSA is having a knee-jerk reaction to a social issue. If the Scout Law is practiced, then there is no need for such a Merit Badge.

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Sure, by that logic, no merit badges would be needed. Personal Fitness, Sports, Swimming, and many others fall under “Keep myself physically strong”, Personal Management and all of the trades-related MBs are part of “Mentally Awake”… Family Life and Disability Awareness are “Morally Straight”…

With that said, I don’t see how identifying a gap in the program and deciding to address it is a “knee-jerk reaction”.

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In the link that @CharleyHamilton included, the article states this:

  • Introducing a specific diversity and inclusion merit badge that will be required for the rank of Eagle Scout. It will build on components within existing merit badges, including the American Cultures and Citizenship in the Community merit badges, which require Scouts to learn about and engage with other groups and cultures to increase understanding and spur positive action.

The new Eagle required merit badge seems to be in development. Be ready to inform your scouts that a new merit badge will be required in order to reach the rank of Eagle.

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The BSA has 3 Citizenship Merit Badges that are Eagle required, an elective American Cultures Merit Badge, I would say the Family Life Eagle Merit Badge is related, and of course the Scout Law.

The “Gap” is that the BSA is pricing itself in such a way that the minorities and low income families are less likely to be able to afford access to the Scouting experience. These kids need Scouting as much as the huge majority of white kids that have enjoyed the program for decades. The BSA has already adjudicated the cases they cited in their letter by using the term “Murder” rather than deaths and I also didn’t notice any mention to the ladies we have in the program.

I absolutely support diversity training for adults and Scouts. We already have existing Merit Badges to handle this. Why not simply update the existing Citizenship Merit Badges to address whatever is not being covered than creating a new Eagle Required Merit Badge?

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So this is really about the price of the program increasing?

Obviously, the powers that be feel that this is important enough to be a stand alone merit badge.

I can’t say I disagree with them.

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It is a wise and august group making these decisions.

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I personally would like to know the diversity of this “wise and august group making these decisions.”

How many of them were there, how many conversations were there and did they approach ANY of the councils, districts or troops before making such a decision.

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@MariaBare - what is the intent of your statement?

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The reactions here to the political statement letter “BSA’s Commitment to Act Against Racial Injustice” are exactly what I expected, dissent from some and acquiescence from others. Yes it is a political statement. And the BSA taking one side or another in a still evolving political issue is just wrong.

The left has succeeded in driving an another nail in the coffin of the Boy Scouts as it once was. The organization is now a shell of it’s former self when it acquiesce under public pressure to allow “gay” scout leaders, then on “transgender” scouts, on girls joining the Boy Scouts, and now wokeness to the Black Lives Matter narrative. See The Marxist-Progressive War on the Boy Scouts

I really take little exception to a new merit badge at this time but I will reserve my judgement upon its release to see if has any political overtones or agenda. Politics should never enter into Scouting because youths do not have the mental maturity, the emotional stability, nor the focus to rationally deal with the subject.

I say, no to drugs, no to alcohol, and no to politics until age 21.

BSA national has not been authorized by the membership, employees, charter partners, and volunteers to inject their feelings and opinion into an ongoing national debate as was done in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th paragraphs. BSA national is not Trustworthy.

The statements in BSA’s letter that I take strong exception to are:

  1. In the first paragraph BSA agrees that racial injustice exists but that battle for or against the truth of it is still being waged. Ben Shapiro DEBUNKS The Myth Of Systemic Police Racism Calling scouts failures is not right. And just how have the scouts failed? BSA national is not being at all Helpful in the debate nor Friendly to scouts

  2. In the 2nd paragraph BSA accuses all scouts of not being brave which is an unjustified denigration. BSA national is not Loyal nor kind to the Scouts

  3. In the 4th paragraph the BSA has convicted the perpetrators without giving their right to a trial. BSA national is not Obedient to the laws

  4. In the 5th paragraph the word “believe” was used which conveys that the scouts are taking it on faith. Well no, Scouts take an oath to have a duty to other people. What about all the scouts from other ethnic backgrounds and other races don’t their lives matter? Scouts BSA Refugee Troops don’t their lives matter? Scouts know that ALL LIVES MATTER. The BLM organization is heinous. They spout slogans such as: “pigs in a blanket”, “defund the police”, “no justice, no peace”, “dead cops now”, “All Cops Are Bas trds”, “white privilege is racism”, and etc. The BLM has no place in scouting! BSA national is not Clean in thought.

  5. paragraph 5 point 4 is really outlandish. Is a totem pole a symbol of oppression? Are summer camps named after native Americans and tribes a symbol of oppression? Is the Indian lore merit badge a symbol of oppression? When I attended those camps I felt as a kindred spirit and represented a people I could learn from and had respect for. Their anguish taught me bravery. Their survival taught me loyalty. Their spirit taught me Reverence. BSA national is not Thrifty with scouting lore.

The 3rd paragraph and the points 1,2, and 3 of commitment was all that was needed in the letter.

David Epps

PS.
Is BSA national hiding complaints of racism? Another loss of membership is on the horizon. The progressive socialist war over Scouting is nearing its final victory!

Stephen_Hornak What is the point of your little cartoon. Black lives are not treated as expendable. Yes Scouting lore teaches us to save all forests. The situation is only out of control in that the BLM protesters and ANTIFA socialists/communists are still having their riotous say. They seem to have conveniently forgotten the words from the greatest protester of all::

An Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech"

“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our crea­tive protests to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”

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I’m glad other scouters agree with me on these things. This is kind of a joke.

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I’m not sure where to begin with this other than to say that what you see as a simple political issue is for others a major civil rights issue. I believe it is well within the spirit of Scouting and the Scout Law to encourage respect for our countrymen regardless of race, to understand historical mistreatment many Scouts have lived through, and to work towards a better common future. I agree that Scouts must always stand for what is right and take action when the situation demands it. I support these measures and I think your post misconstrues each point of the Scout Law you cite.

Links to Ben Shapiro and the National Review do not build a strong case against these initiatives.

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Mods, can we kill this thread before it falls further into political garbage and name-calling, please?

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