established 2007




Pack 042 Diversity in Scouting


The integrated ethnic diversity of the Richfield area includes significant populations of African American, Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian, Native American/Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Island descendants. Correspondingly, nearly all the major religious faiths are represented in our community including Christian, Jewish, Islam, Buddhist, Hindu and others. Pack 042 is meeting the challenge of serving the youth of these diverse communities though a variety of programs and educating current Pack 042 Scouts and families through the Northern Star Council Diversity Award Program.

Nearly a century ago, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was founded on the premise of teaching boys moral and ethical values through an outdoor program that challenges them and teaches them respect for nature, one another, and themselves. Scouting has always represented the best in community, leadership, and service.

The Boy Scouts of America has selected its leaders using the highest standards because strong leaders and positive role models are so important to the healthy development of youth. Today, the organization still stands firm that their leaders exemplify the values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.

On June 28, 2000, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed the Boy Scouts of America's standing as a private organization with the right to set its own membership and leadership standards.

The BSA respects the rights of people and groups who hold values that differ from those encompassed in the Scout Oath and Law, and the BSA makes no effort to deny the rights of those whose views differ to hold their attitudes or opinions.

Scouts come from all walks of life and are exposed to diversity in Scouting that they may not otherwise experience. The Boy Scouts of America aims to allow youth to live and learn as children and enjoy Scouting without immersing them in the politics of the day.

We hope that our supporters will continue to value the Boy Scouts of America's respect for diversity and the positive impact Scouting has on young people's lives. We realize that not every individual nor organization subscribes to the same beliefs that the BSA does, but we hope that all Americans can be as respectful of our beliefs as we are of theirs and support the overall good Scouting does in American communities.


  Northern Star Council Diversity Award