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California Boy Scouts Face Discrimination Allegations

In response to the firing of a camp counselor, allegedly for his sexual orientation, a petition has been gathered calling for his reinstatement.

For Tim Griffin, summers at Camp Winton were a tradition. Griffin, 22, was the camp’s longest serving employee and was well-liked by campers and staff.

It came as a surprise to Griffin when he was told he was no longer welcome to work at the camp by the Golden State Empire Council, the authority that leads Boy Scout activities in the Sacramento region.

The council has claimed, through a statement, that this matter was not related to the national ban on gay scouts and leaders.

Despite that claim, Griffin believes otherwise and has collected over 70,000 signatures calling for his reinstatement which he presented to the organization on Tuesday.

“Regardless of what the council gives as reasoning for my removal, the overwhelming show of  solidarity at today’s delivery tells quite a different story,” said Griffin.

Alex Hayes, Camp Winton’s Program Director, resigned along with nine other employees in solidarity with Griffin.

The Boy Scouts of America as a national organization has been the subject of controversy for its ban on accepting gay scouts and scout leaders.

The policy has drawn condemnation from both sides of the political aisle including President Obama and Governor Romney.

Garth Pickett, president of the Pacific Skyline Council, one of many local councils that serves San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, declined to comment on the incident.

commuter August 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The fact that ten Boy Scout leaders resigned in support of the fired employee shows that the Boy Scouts do teach morals and ethics to our young men. Too bad that the Boy Scouts upper management doesn't practice what they preach.
CQ August 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM
@Adam, the Pacific Skyline Council is the local Boy Scout council serving mostly San Mateo and northern Santa Clara Counties, not the "boy scout arm in the Bay Area". It is just one of many councils in the SF Bay Area such as the SF Bay Area Council, Alameda Council, Piedmont Council, Marin Council, Santa Clara Co. Council, Monterey Bay Area Council, and Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council among others.
Jennifer van der Kleut August 17, 2012 at 05:27 PM
CQ - thanks for the clarification! We will change the wording in the article.
Cris August 17, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Not sure why he would still want to belong to an organization that openly expresses bigotry and exclusivity. These wonderful men have all dropped BSA and gained more honor than that organization could ever impart. Tim Griffin should join them. http://eaglebadges.tumblr.com/

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