The Boy Scout Handbook obviously doesn't include this bit of wisdom: before you picket people, make sure they're not out of town.
Scouting for All demonstrated in dozens of cities on August 21 to protest the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gays. Most of the BSA's paid staff, however, were at a management conference in Orlando that day.
Scott Cozza, an ex-California troop leader who founded Scouting for All with his son Steven, said the group sent registered letters to scouting leaders letting them know that protesters were coming. But Edelman's Greg Shields, the BSA's lead spokesperson, said the conference had been on the calendar for over a year.
'They could have had a representative there, but they didn't,' says Cozza, who delivered a petition with 55,000 signatures to the BSA national office in Irving, TX.
Both sides concede the fact that nobody was home didn't make much of a difference. A volunteer board decides scouting policy, Shields notes.
And Cozza says his group is more interested in spreading its message to scouts and organizations that donate to the BSA.