Scouting for All
|Scouting for All|
|Motto||Committed to Scouting, open to diversity|
|Main organ||Board of Directors|
Scouting for All was an American advocacy organization. It was a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose stated purpose is to promote tolerance and diversity within the Boy Scouts of America in the face of its policies requiring members to be heterosexuals who believe in God.
Initially founded in 1993 by Scouter Dave Rice and a committee including Mike Cahn, Bob Smith, Ken McPherson and Don Henry, Scouting for All was relatively inactive for its first few years.
In 1997, the effort was galvanized by a letter to the editor[which?] written by Steven Cozza, who later went on to earn the rank of Eagle Scout and became a professional bicycle racer. The heterosexual young man criticized the BSA's policies and pointed out potential contradictions[which?] between those policies and the organization's own governing Scout Oath and Scout Law. He called upon the organization to reexamine its policies and invited others in the organization who agreed with him to contact him so they could all work together to effect the desired policy changes. According to the organization's literature, Dave Rice, Steven Cozza and Steven's father, Scott Cozza were considered the co-founders of the Scouting for All.
The organization now appears to be moribund, as the "Latest News" on their website is from 2008 and the copyright notices ends at 2009. No annual 501c3 tax documents appear to have been filed since 2008. The organization is still active, though without a webmaster.
The Inclusive Scouting Award / Scouting for All Rainbow Knot
The Inclusive Scouting Award is also called the Rainbow Knot when distributed by Scouting for All, and expresses solidarity with Scouting For All's cause. It is an embroidered cloth patch that resembles the BSA's square knot insignia and is intended for wear above the left pocket of the uniform shirt, but is not an official emblem of the BSA and thus is not approved for use on a BSA uniform. The emblem incorporates the purple and silver of the religious emblems knot and the colors of the Rainbow flag, representing both religious and sexual orientation discrimination and depicting the two issues as intertwined.
The knot was introduced in 2002 by the Inclusive Scouting Network (formerly the Coalitions for Inclusive Scouting) as the Inclusive Scouting Award, and later distributed by the now-defunct ScoutPride and Scouting for All. The knot is currently available through the Inclusive Scouting Network.
- Religious Tolerance's Page on the BSA
- Volokh, Eugene Freedom of Expressive Association and Government Subsidies. Stanford Law Review (UCLA) 58: 1919–1968.