THE BSA’S DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT
The Boy Scouts of America promotes a culture where each youth, volunteer, and employee feels a sense of belonging and builds communities where every person feels respected and valued.
Leading by example and encouraging each other to live by the values expressed by the Scout Oath and Scout Law, we welcome families of all backgrounds to help prepare young people to serve as successful members and leaders of our nation’s increasingly diverse communities.
BSA has collaborated with nonprofits and youth organizations to learn best practices and identify opportunities to advance the ideals of DEI throughout our communities and society. We've also appointed DEI leads for each of our 16 National Service Territories to partner with the leaders and troops within their territories to implement and advance our commitment to DEI.
The Difference Scouting Makes
Listen to these Scouts share the difference Scouting has made in their lives in helping them to be prepared, develop leadership skills, and find a sense of belonging.
Volunteer Resource Groups
Scouting is families working together to help raise each other’s kids. The curriculum is the books, what the parents and leaders do with the lessons and activities is their unique program. Each unique program is a reflection of the values held by that community of families and their charter organization. The Scouting organization provides the curriculum and the resources to ensure each community can deliver their full and robust program. For more information about our VRGs, CLICK HERE.
Spirit of Adventure DEI Initiatives
The Spirit of Adventure Council has enlisted Sean Driscoll of BB Squared to provide insight to areas where we can improve Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. One of the ways is to create CFI (Catalyst for Inclusion) Cohort groups among our staff which will also include volunteers in the future.
The CFI Cohorts have helped to create the Volunteer Resource Groups, began spotlight days at New England Base Camp, and participated in offsite trips to learn more about specific groups.
If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to these initiatives, send us an email at [email protected].