The 2012 Drum Corps International Tour will make its way through Denton, Texas on Thursday, July 19 for DCI North Dallas presented by Red River Thunder. A huge lineup of top DCI corps, including the 2011 World Champion Cadets and 14-time World Champion Blue Devils, will compete at the CH Collins Athletic Complex.
The Madison Scouts (a personal favorite) will not be performing in Denton this year, but the recent policy change from the Boy Scouts of America to exclude ‘open or avowed’ gays seemed topical. For those of you unaware, The Madison Scouts, founded in 1938, is one of the oldest drum corps in the history of the activity. The Madison Scouts is one of only two remaining all-male corps, with the other being the Cavaliers.
After a little research, I found out that The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps ended its seventy-three year association with the Boy Scouts of America in 2011. (corpsreps.com
CNN.com reports:The Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday (July 17) it has affirmed its policy of “not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals.”
The organization’s leaders reached that decision after a nearly two-year evaluation and will take no further action on a resolution that has sought a change in policy, it said in a news release.
So, sadly/thankfully (not sure which is more appropriate here) there is nothing to report. But my remaining question is: How much did the Boy Scouts’ decision of exclusion influence the split by the Madison Scouts?