Introduced in 2002, the Inclusive Scouting Award is a way to show support for those who are threatened with exclusion from Scouting in the United States because of the current membership policies of the Boy Scouts of America, Inc. It signals that even though you wear the uniform, you disagree with the BSA’s discriminatory membership policies and aren’t afraid to show it.
It also identifies the wearer as an ally – someone who is “safe” to approach and talk to without fear of being kicked out. In this way, it is modeled after the “safe space” programs used in high schools over the last decade, which have been shown to reduce stress for marginalized youth even if they never speak to someone – just knowing that an ally is present is a significant relief.
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