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    Using Cub Scouts in Political Campaign

    Much thanks to all for your insight and clarity. With election season coming to a climax today, we can all surely attest to the TV being full of campaign ads these last couple months. Lying in bed last night, an ad came across the TV for a gentleman running for a vacancy in the state house of representatives. A couple of the pictures of this candidate show him wearing a BSA scout uniform referencing that he is a Cubmaster. In one picture that is obvious, the candidate is wearing what appears to be a Webelos neckerchief. Oddly enough, h's also wearing a Cub Scouts Den Leader patch where the world crest patch is supposed to be. While this candidate is not running for an office in my own district so I don't have anything to gain or lose by his candidacy, I find it unethical to use scouting experience in this manner. Furthermore, if you're going to wear the uniform, wear it properly. As a self-admitted Cubmaster, I would think he'd already know patch placement on the uniform.
  2. Is it against BSA policy for a candidate for political office to use his or her ties or position in scouting as a campaign talking point and can said person use images of him or her in scout uniform in print, TV, or internet advertising?
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