Dear Scouting Leaders:

As leaders of the Middle Tennessee Council, Boy Scouts of America, we are deeply saddened by recent events that have shown that inequality continues to run deep in our country. We believe that every person deserves to live a life free of oppression and violence. We stand in solidarity with all Black youth, families, volunteers and staff served in Scouting.

The mission of the BSA is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes. In doing so, we must speak out when we witness incidents of racism in our community. As a youth-serving organization, we have an obligation to model the tenets of the Scout Oath and Law, particularly as we work to help other people at all times and to be brave in our actions.

Our highest priority is to ensure that the work we do – through our staff, volunteers and partnering organizations – mirrors our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. We are grateful to our volunteers for leading this effort. We ask that you reach out to us with any questions, concerns or suggestions you have to help us build a better world for all.

Respectfully,

Dr. John Bright Cage
Council Board President

Karen Bengtson
Council Commissioner

Larry Brown
Scout Executive