President Trump Addresses Boy Scouts

Boy Scout leaders from Indiana are reacting to the speech President Donald Trump delivered on Monday night to about 40,000 Boy Scouts.

At times, Boy Scout leaders said the speech hit the mark.

“Boy Scout values are American values and great Boy Scouts become great Americans,” President Trump said in his speech on Monday.

However, not all of the president's statements hit the mark quite like that one. “I go to Washington and I see all these politicians and I see the swamp – and it's not a good place,” said President Trump.

About 500 scouts from Indiana were in attendance, including a group from the Crossroads of America Council.
The group's scout executive Patrick Sterrett said, “Those parts of it, for the audience it seemed, I guess disappointing or just speaking to the wrong audience.”

As for the kids, Sterrett said it didn't bother the scouts.

“They just, you know, were really ignoring the political parts of his speech. They were just, if you say the right word, maybe oblivious to that.”

The National Jamboree is rich in tradition. It takes place every four years and scouts from across the country attend. Part of that tradition is inviting the US President.

On Monday, President Trump became the eighth president to attend.

While the speech generated buzz, scout leaders said the kids have moved on and have a message for parents in Indiana.

Sterrett said, "They should just know that their kids here are not tied into the politics and the statements that were around it."

The kids will be at the jamboree until this Friday.

Indiana leaders aren't the only ones reacting.

The National Boy Scout group released a statement saying the group is non-partisan and doesn't promote any candidate.

They also said it's their tradition to invite the president to this event.

(This story was originally published on July 25, 2017)


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