Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive
BSA National Executive Board
1325 Walnut Hill Lane
PO Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015
To Robert Mazzuca and the BSA National Executive Board:
Words cannot sufficiently describe how deeply disgusted and saddened I am by the continued discrimination against the LGBT community.
I cherished the years I spent as a young man in the Boy Scouts. My father served as Scoutmaster and I often reflect on the adventures and activities that we shared together: shooting black powder rifles, camping, backpacking in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, and overcoming the challenges at Philmont Scout Ranch. As a Scout, I learned several important skills, values, and life lessons while gaining an appreciation and respect for the outdoors that continues to this day. To exclude a child, or anyone else, from these opportunities simply because he or she was born a certain way is absolutely inexcusable and unforgivable.
In support of, and in solidarity with, all the boys, fathers, and mothers that are currently banned from your organization, I join many others in relinquishing the title of Eagle Scout until your policy is reversed. This is not easy for me to do, but I refuse to compromise my morals by associating with an organization that perpetuates discrimination and injustice. My medal is enclosed.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. A Scout stands up for himself and others. A Scout stands up for what is right. You taught me these principles and now you’ve dishonored Eagle Scouts across the nation by acting contrary to them. You might be sexually straight, but you are morally bankrupt. Shame on you.
David R. Basham
Former Eagle Scout
Santa Barbara, CA