Statement on Current Events
To the Scouting Community,
We are experiencing an extraordinary and challenging time in our nation, and as Scouts we accept our responsibility to listen, learn, and act ever more urgently in support of equal justice for all.
As we grieve the death of George Floyd, we acknowledge both rightful anger and unwarranted lawlessness in the ensuing events around the country and here in Arizona. We may in turn feel confused, scared, or angry, but then hopeful and challenged to play our part in healing our communities.
As Scouts we’re mindful of the power of our Scout Law:
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
We seek to be worthy examples of how to live the Scout Law.
Our young Scouts influence others as they live the Scout Law, and they strengthen our communities and our state. Collectively, the individual acts born of these values strengthen our state and our nation.
This is a difficult time for all of us. As Scouts we pledge an oath of ‘duty to God and country’ and while we respect law enforcement, we also recognize the longstanding problems that beset many of our fellow Americans.
We can do better. We each can do better individually, and we can do better as local neighborhoods, communities, and states.
Let’s pick each other up. Let’s listen. Let’s respect one another.
Let’s live our Scout Oath and Law and help to heal and strengthen our nation.