Cub Scouting's 12 Core Values
In its second core value, Compassion, the Boy Scouts of America states that every scout is supposed to care what happens to other people.
Their third core value, Cooperation, means working toward common goals that benefit everyone in the community.
It is Core Value Number Four, however, where Walter Thomas Beck III excels, and where the Boy Scouts of America have chosen to teach him a lesson by rendering him both unemployed and unemployable in the future anywhere else: Courage. It takes courage to choose between a job you love and the community that you know needs your voice. It takes courage to stand up for what is right when it will cost you your future ability to earn a living in your chosen field. Above all, it takes courage to speak out, not just for your own community members and yourself, but for those in even more marginalized groups: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and non-gender-conforming people.
Beck definitely exercises his Faith, listed as Core Value Number Five by the Boy Scouts of America. He is an ordained minister, spending his time providing spiritual reassurance to those who have been ostracized and fighting against those who spend their time spewing venom at people who are already at the end of their ropes.
His willingness to be Honest in the face of all of the disciplinary power waged against him, standing up for the right of future scouts and their family members to participate in all aspects of Scouting is inspiring. His Perseverance, demonstrated by nine years of service and by his having achieved the status of Eagle Scout are also unquestionable.
Walter Thomas Beck III expresses a Positive Attitude, maintaining the hope that somehow this current struggle will help other gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer scouts and their family members. His Resourcefulness in turning to social media as a platform to advance the rights of all people to serve and participate in Scouting earns him the Rainbow Arrow, an award that was created specifically to honor that struggle and its accompanying sacrifice. The Rainbow Arrow is a Human Being award, and if anyone deserves it, Beck certainly does.
Respect includes self-respect. Self-respect requires an ability to stand in the face of attempts to marginalize and silence you, which Beck certainly has done. Self-respect also includes having the gumption to believe that all of the benefits of society are just as much yours by right of existence as anyone else, and yes, even if you are gay, or lesbian, or bisexual, or transgender or queer. Human rights do not depend on whether or not we conform to the gender binary, who we sleep with or which bathroom we use. Human rights belong to all. Even if you're gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender or queer.
Finally, Beck epitomizes boy Scouts of America's Core Value Number Twelve: Responsibility. He has placed his life, fortune and sacred honor on the line to stand up for the right of everyone, everywhere, to be treated with dignity and respect and to serve in the community in all capacities. Beck dared to publish "The Real Homosexual Agenda" on his Facebook page, and dared to publicly kiss a man during a counter-protest against Westboro Baptist Chuch.
Today, Tempe Tempest of Arizona honors that sacrifice by presenting Walter Thomas Beck III with the very first Rainbow Arrow Award. Designed by Jordan Ethan Michael of Mississippi, the rainbow represents the entire community, while the arrow represents the determination and courage Beck displayed when he sacrificed his employability rather than lie about what he believes is important in life.
|Patch design by Jordan Ethan Michael of Mississippi, 2012|