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3 Things to Know Regarding 2019 World Scout Jamboree Policy Misinformation

by Angel Zuniga Martinez for the Alamo Area BSA: May 23, 2018

National and local media have recently stirred up stories about the misinformation that was distributed by Trial Life USA regarding World Scout Jamboree policies. If you are a Scout leader receiving questions from parents or the community, we are here to help! Here are 3 things you need to know -

FIRST, below is our Council's official statement you can use as a talking point or to share with your Scouting parents or leaders, if requested about this current story or any discussion about sexual conduct:

"Scouting is not an appropriate environment to discuss sexual conduct, and the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council will continue to have a strict behavioral standard for its youth members and adult leaders. The BSA is focused on directing our energy to all our youth and families around the values found in the Scout Oath and Law and what we do best - character, outdoor adventure and leadership!"

"The BSA also acknowledges the World Scout Jamboree organizing team, who has worked with the co-host countries to align event requirements, which have been in place for at least the past two World Scout Jamborees, in a manner that is respectful to local laws and preferences," said Angel Zuniga Martinez, PR Director, Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council.

SECOND, below are additional statements released by Andy Chapman, Vice Chairperson of the World Scout Committee, since the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is an official program of the World Organization of the Scout Movement:

"Planning for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree is currently underway between the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the three National Scout Organizations who are co-hosting the event - Scouts Canada, the Scout Association of Mexico and the Boy Scouts of America.

"The World Scout Jamboree is an official program of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. As a world Scouting event, WOSM previously established the requirements and guidelines for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. The co-hosts are working with WOSM to appropriately implement these requirements.

"The World Scout Jamboree organizing team has worked with the co-host countries to align these requirements, which have been in place for the past two World Scout Jamborees, in a manner that is respectful to local laws and preferences. For instance, alcohol will not be offered at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

"The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will focus Scouts from around the world on personal development, faith and beliefs, sustainability, adventure and other topics that cross cultural lines. Scouting's founder Lord Baden-Powell of Great Britain believed that bringing youth of the world together would help foster greater cultural awareness, acceptance and cooperation. The 2019 World Scout Jamboree is being planned with this spirit in mind."

THIRD, If you or your Scouting community are contacted by the media or just need clarification or support on any PR matters within the 13 county service area of the Alamo Area Council, please don't hesitate to contact our PR team by email at PR@AlamoAreaBSA.org or call me at 210-394-9915. We are here to help support you!

Thank you for your personal involvement and for investing some of your charitable time and giving with Scouting in the Alamo Area Council. We appreciate you!

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P.S. Political postings on social media by Scouters commenting on a Scouting youth story MUST follow BSA's policies on political involvement, common sense, and Scout Oath & Law. This means BSA is NOT pro-right or pro-left BUT pro-America AND pro-youth with duty to God! A simple 'congratulations' posting in positive support of all our youth is very much welcomed! 

This Bryan on ScoutingExternal Link article does a good job of explaining politics and its place in Scouting! 

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