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
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
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.