The National Capital Area Council, BSA stands firmly with our friends, neighbors and Scouting families in denouncing racism and prejudice in our organization, our communities, and our world.
As Scouts we are guided by the Scout Oath and Law. We firmly believe that by instilling these values through Scouting in young people we are aiding in the goal of ending all systemic racism in our country. Our youth protection and anti-bullying programs and policies are designed to protect Scouts. The Boy Scouts of America stands against racism, violence, bullying and harassment of any kind. It is unacceptable, and it contradicts every single one of our values.
We stand by the statement released recently by the Boy Scouts of America. We also believe we must pair our words with actions. During the past week, leadership of National Capital Area Council has taken steps to create a Council Equality Committee. This committee will be charged with identifying meaningful steps, which will be taken to educate our members and ensure all families know they are welcome in Scouting and will treated fairly and equitably.
National Capital Area Council is pleased to announce that Clarence Crayton will be serving as Chairman of this new initiative. Mr. Crayton is a veteran Scouter and former NCAC Council Commissioner. He is an active member of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church and serves as chartered organization representative for their Scouting units. His knowledge of Scouting and strong community and faith-based background make him ideal for this important leadership role.
This is an important time in our nation’s history. We believe Scouting can play a role in preparing young people to become productive adult citizens, and to eliminate racism and other unacceptable behaviors from our society.