I am very concerned about the lack of communication to Friends of Scouting and parents and grandparents of Scouts regarding the offensive speech given by the president at the national jamboree. I am a big supporter of the Boy Scouts. I have supported my husband Larry in the last 35 years in dedicated volunteer work. I don’t think the Tidewater Council, the Albemarle District and some of our local troops have seriously responded to the damage done by the president’s offensive speech to Scouts at the Jamboree. I think a stronger message needs to be sent to parents and friends of scouts NOW. I don’t know what action the district has taken to communicate about this. I’ve have ‘heard’ the bare minimum and not in any direct way.
“A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”
The head of the Boy Scouts of America publicly apologized Thursday for the “political rhetoric” in President Trump’s keynote speech at the scouts’ Jamboree, saying that “We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program” and affirming Scout values that include “fairness, courage, honor and respect for others.”
The carefully worded statement suggests that the Scout leadership heard loud and clear the complaints from parents who were offended by a speech that sounded much like one of Trump’s campaign rallies: slogans, promotion of a political agenda, cutting remarks about his opponents.
But as a senior child and adolescent psychiatrist and advocate for healthy youth development, I’m concerned that the leadership may still not get just how bad this speech was for the tens of thousands of Scouts who heard it, cheered it, chanted “We love Trump!” I feel a professional obligation to share my understanding of the risks this kind of “political rhetoric” poses for our children.