Diversity & Inclusion

The Scouting Movement, including the Boy Scouts of America and the Stonewall Jackson Area Council, is dedicated to increasing diversity in Scouting.  

The BSA’s Diversity & Inclusion Vision

To partner with all families and communities in raising young people of high moral character, developing their leadership skills and preparing them to serve and thrive in a world of increasing complexity and challenge.

BSA Diversity & Inclusion website

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

This isn't just the Scout Law, these vaules provide the framework for advancing diversity and inclusiveness.  By harnessing and embracing our differences, we create stronger units and a stronger society.

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins each year on Sept. 15, celebrates U.S. Latinos, their culture and their history. Started in 1968 by Congress as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded to a month in 1988. The celebration begins in the middle rather than the start of September because it coincides with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica celebrate theirs on Sept. 15, followed by Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept 21.

National Hispanic Heritage Month - Site hosted by The Library of Congress

Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month in Your Community - Scouting Wire

Local resources

Troop 1028 Diversity Guide

Liz Harman, Assistant Council Commissioner for Diversity, gave diversity awareness presentations at the district roundtables for her Wood Badge ticket.  Her presentation materials are available below.

Powerpoint Presentation

Diversity handout

Other resources

Diversity in Scouting by the World Organization of the Scout Movement
Diversity and Inclusion by the World Organization of the Scout Movement
Them 'N Us, a toolkit on diversity in Scouting from Sweden
Inclusive Scouting Guide from Scouts for Equality
Downloadable Guide from Scouts for Equality