Mr. Robert Mazzuca August 1, 2012
Chief Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America
1325 Walnut Hill Lane
PO Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079
I was one of the last Eagle Scouts of Troop 6 in Redlands, California before it disbanded after a 50+ year history. As a third generation scout, I wore my Eagle badge with honor, as my father, Stan Korfmacher, did with his. To this day, I believe scouting and the diverse leaders and scouts I came to know played a key role in shaping my character and career. And part of that message was to do the right thing.
BSA’s continued ban on gay scouts and leaders is blatantly discriminatory and a mindset better suited to the 1950s than 2012. Rather than making scouts an organization that embraces diversity of all types and teaches tolerance and understanding to future leaders and world citizens, your decision makes scouts look more like Hitler Youths (and not just the uniforms).
I recently re-engaged with scouting when my two sons joined (I am an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 152 in Brighton NY). My youngest dropped out this year, in part because of this position (we have many openly gay friends and acquaintances). My oldest is not sure he will return, and this policy is part of his decision process as well. I have decided to continue in my role, believing that the best way to fight for change in a discriminatory group is to work from within.
So it is with deep disappointment that I return my Eagle badge and patch. I only regret that I did not do this sooner.
Assistant Scout Master,
Troop 152, Brighton, NY