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Policy on Scout Participation in Political Events
 

Below is the National BSA Scout Participation in Political Events policy.

 

To:                  Scout Executives

From:               Stephen Medlicott
             Marketing & Communications Division Director

Subject:           Policy on Scout Participation in Political Events

With many local & state elections coming up in 2010, it is a good time to restate the BSA’s long-standing policy regarding the participation of Scouts in political rallies and other political events.

Uniformed unit members and leaders may participate in flag ceremonies at political events and may lead the Pledge of Allegiance; however, they should retire after the ceremony and not remain on the speakers’ platform or in a conspicuous location where television viewers could construe their presence as an endorsement or symbol of support. In addition, photos of candidates or Scouts in uniform or BSA marks and logos are not allowed in political campaign materials of any kind.

Volunteers and professionals must be alert to situations that would imply that the BSA favors one candidate over another. Strict observance of our long-standing policy against the active participation of uniformed Scouts and leaders in political events is mandatory.

Please notify your chartered organizations and unit leaders of this policy.

 

 

 

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