Troop 835’s adult Scouters and Patrol Leaders Council stand in solidarity with the black community, anyone working through activism, academics, and art to put an end to systemic racism, and victims of racist violence.
The first steps toward ending systemic racism are recognition and discussion. To that end, we hope to begin shining a light on the experience of oppressed groups in the United States, calling out racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism in all their forms.
To that end, we offer and commit to these changes, suggestions, and activities so that the young men and women of our Troop can be more inclusive, empathetic, and active supporters of the social justice movement.
Troop 835 has asked the Occoneechee Council for assistance in targeted advertisements through social media for the coming year in the hopes that our Troop will reflect the diversity of our community and Amity United Methodist Church. We will also be reaching out to Amity Church and Phillips Middle School to encourage referrals to our Troop for youth of any age, race, sex, gender, or ability.
A PETITION TO THE LEADERSHIP OF SCOUTS BSA
SPL, Thomas Robinson, is drafting a petition, and accompanying opinion piece, for the removal of Donald Trump as the BSA, due to the fact that his statements around issues of racism, oppression, and sexism do not adhere to the tenants of the Scout Law.
Our Scouts are encouraged to discuss these items with other Scouts, leaders, and parents and sign the petition if they so choose.
To encourage involvement and support of social justice by our Scouts, until further notice Troop 835 leadership will approve any time Scouts spend at rallies, protests, or town halls in support of civil rights (in person or on-line), not required by their school, toward service hours, which can be applied to any rank or merit badge requirements as well as any challenges issued by the Scoutmaster.
FIRST CLASS REQUIREMENT 10
“Tell someone who is eligible to join Scouts BSA, or an inactive Boy Scout, about your Scouting activities. Invite him to an outing, activity, service project, or meeting. Tell him how to join, or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active. Share your efforts with your Scoutmaster or other adult leader.”
People of color, girls, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities are under-represented in Scouts BSA. Consider inviting a friend from a different background than yourself to one of our meetings and strive to make them feel fully included.
AMERICAN HERITAGE MERIT BADGE
Troop 835 is in the process of developing a self-guided curriculum for the American Heritage Merit Badge that focuses on Black History and the Black Lives Matters movement. It will be strongly recommended that all Scouts complete this merit badge before the end of the 2020-21 Scouting season
READING MERIT BADGE: REQUIREMENTS 3 AND 6
Consider including these books into your required reading for this merit badge.
Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (Historical Non-Fiction)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Fiction)
Internment by Samira Ahmed (Science Fiction)
March by John Lewis (Graphic Novel)
Drowned City by Don Brown (Graphic Novel)
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Fiction)
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Fiction)
CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION MERIT BADGE: REQUIREMENT 8
If you have not completed this merit badge, here are some topics to consider researching and writing to our lawmakers about.
The Ending Qualified Immunity Act - would eliminate protections against civil lawsuits against policemen
Civil Forfeiture - In many states, any money or possessions taken from a crime suspect are lost to the authorities regardless of the outcome of a trial
The Justice in Policing Act - Introduced recently in the House, would create several new limits on behavior and techniques by the nation’s policemen.
Troop 835 will donate a proportion of our 2020-21 pumpkin sales to the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Families are encouraged to make their donations if they are able: https://www.southerncoalition.org/donate/
Scouts BSA and the Occoneechee Council have made their own statements, including BSA’s plans to create a new, Eagle-required merit badge that will focus on diversity and inclusion.
COVID-19: The COVID-19 has cancelled and delayed many of our favorite in-person activities. Scouts can video chat with adult leaders to get requirements approved if all youth protection standards are met. Below are some resources you can use to Scout at Home.
On-Line Merit Badges at Camp Raven Knob
On-Line Merit Badges at Camp Daniel Boone
Scouting.org: Scouting at Home
Occoneechee Council's Fightin' Beluga Virtual 5K
SERVICE: Pattern for re-usable, cloth facemasks.