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    Was the Confederate flag been flown at Gilwell ?

    Hi Wayne

    I have just seen the ITV coverage of our the Cub scout celebratory camp (possibly at Gilwell), Bear was filmed in front of a display of Union flags, the Stars and Strips and what appeared to be the Flag of the Slaver States of the Confederacy was this flag actually been flown ?

    If so does the person who authorised it understand that the flag is highly political in the USA and the slavery it stands for is contrary to any concept of Scouting values ?
    Last edited by Tony Ransley; 29-05-2016 at 09:42 PM. Reason: not sure of the location of the event

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    Thanks Tony, I took advantage of being at Gilwell yesterday to share your concerns with the organisers of CubJam, a locally run large camp. The flags should be considered in the context of a wild west themed camp.
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    Hi Wayne

    Thank you for sharing my concerns with the organisers of Cubjam. I am sorry for adding to the stress of the organising team, I am totally convinced that the flags were only been used in the context of a wild west camp and that there was no intention of making a political statement.

    However as the recent controversy around its use has featured widely in British papers ranging from the Telegraph to the Guardian, its use at our National HQ left ourselves and Bear Grylls open to detractors who are only too willing to brand us as only caring about White, Middle Class children.

    Have steps been taken to avoid such incidents in future ?

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