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"I want to extend my honest apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree", wrote Mike Surbaugh, the Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts. "That was never our intent", Michael Surbaugh, whose title is chief Scout executive, wrote in a message posted online. "We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program". The invitation for the sitting US president to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937. "It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies", he said. Surbaugh contended that the Trump controversy has not diminished the success of the 10-day jamboree, yet he acknowledged its impact. Those merely noted that the Scouts were "respectful of the wide variety of viewpoints in this country" but made no mention of what Trump actually said. Surbaugh's statement echoed some of the sentiments expressed by the Boy Scouts' president, Randall Stephenson, in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday.
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Some scout leaders say the Presidents speech wasn't all about politics.
Following the speech, the President of the scouts issued a formal apology for those who took offense from it.
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Few will argue the importance of teaching values and responsibility to our youth - not only right from wrong, but specific positive values such as fairness, courage, honor and respect for others. As the speech went on, it became clear that President Trump had two audiences that he was swapping his attention between, the Boy Scouts and the press. "There's probably criticism that could be leveled".
Trump addressed about 40,000 people at the Boy Scouts of America's National Scout Jamboree on July 24. "I haven't seen the statement from the Boy Scouts, so I can't comment any further than what I saw firsthand, and that was a lot of individuals, roughly 40 to 45,000, as reported, cheering the president on". Scouting is about bringing young men together to learn how to be a good citizen of the United States and the world.
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