To all my fellow Scout volunteers, friends, parents and members of charter organizations within the Boy Scout family, in response to the recent vote rescinding the ban on gay youth from joining Scouting, I say: Semper vigilans: “Always on watch.”
Just as the movement has always held to the concept, “Be prepared,” this by no means infers that when the going gets rough, the tough get going. No, may I remind everyone that while this is a major policy change, it still does not permit the behavior associated with it and openly gay adults are still prohibited from becoming leaders.
We should not consider defeat; rather, we must become ever more vigilant to the intrusive nature of secular ideas and liberal thinking that permits immoral behavior. We must not judge others; rather, we must confront that which seeks to undermine the moral and ethical fiber of our culture. God is not the enemy and he would not run from the cause of saving us from ourselves.
Scouting remains as one of the premier youth building programs in the country and it has not wavered from its mission to prepare youth to make moral and ethical decisions throughout their lifetimes. We must not walk away from the fight; we must stand up and be prepared to uphold the morals and values that transformed a band of rebels into a Continental Congress more than 200 years ago.
So, don’t give up the fight, stay vigilant my friends; we shall overcome.
— Dale A. Wittler, Ottoville