Boy Scouts Chief Apologies for Politicized Trump Speech


Surbaugh noted that every sitting president since 1937 has been invited to visit the jamboree.

"I want to extend my honest apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree", said Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh.

Trump said he wouldn't talk about politics: "I said, who the hell wants to speak about politics when I'm in front of the Boy Scouts?".

"These character-building experiences have not diminished in recent days at the jamboree - Scouts have continued to trade patches, climb rock walls, and share stories about the day's adventures", he said.

But, he said, "we know the past few days have been overshadowed by the remarks offered by the President of the United States". "That was never our intent", Michael Surbaugh, the chief Scout executive for the group, wrote in a statement posted Thursday.

As part of our program's duty to country, we teach youth to become active citizens, to participate in their government, respect the variety of perspectives and to stand up for individual rights.

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After parents complained by calling the speech campaign-like and inappropriate, the Boy Scouts moved to distance the organisation from the speech by calling itself "wholly nonpartisan" and saying that it "does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate, or philosophy".

On Thursday, Surbaugh wrote, "We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program". Stephenson, who was not in attendance at Trump's speech, said the guidance wasn't followed impeccably. According to Starnes, the apology "brought shame and disgrace" upon the Boy Scouts.

And he's not alone in his way of thinking.

Scout leaders said learning independence and to "always be prepared" are their mottos, but the national jamboree showed there are always 40,000 others there to have your back. The Boys Scouts of America even responded, expressing their concern over what was said.

In the last two weeks, we have celebrated the best of Scouting at our 20 National Jamboree with almost 40,000 participants, volunteers, staff and visitors. After commenting on the size of the crowd and how the press would most likely downplay the attendance, he said that he would leave Washington policy fights out of his speech (while mentioning his problems with "fake news" in the same sentence). "I think they were pretty excited that he was there and happy to hear him speak to them".