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By Cheryl Chumley
July 19, 2004

The Boy Scouts of America�s newest merit badge is surely to include the U.N. emblem.

That�s because this American institution has just become partners with the United Nations Environment Program, the global network that advances the radical principle of sustainable development. Defined as �development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,� this U.N. Agenda 21 principle is basically a bottomless pit of international regulation that seeks to spread its jurisdiction over all facets of human life ? 39, at last count ? from agriculture and the atmosphere to to transportation and waste storage and disposal.

And now the Boy Scouts will help.

On July 7, UNEP signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Organization of the Scout Movement, committing nearly 30 million children and youth to advancing this U.N. body�s environmental agenda. The WOSM is comprised of 153 national scouting groups; BSA, with an estimated 6.24 million participants, is one of its largest affiliates, second only to Indonesia and its 8.9 million members.

There�s potential for big impact here, and with more than six million of our country�s most impressionable minds at stake, it�s imperative to realize that this partnership does not spring from any friendly, common-sense �Smokey the Bear� principle of preservation, but rather from the deep-rooted desire of the United Nations to train the next generation to favor the good of the world over the good of the separate nation or individual.

This memorandum, for instance, is the culmination of a 2002 UNEP Governing Council report outlining long-term strategies to save the environment via anti-sovereign Agenda 21 doctrine.

�Its objective is to create a global movement in which children and youth worldwide will actively participate in environmental activities. It seeks to enhance, inspire and enable the involvement of children and youth in sustainable development,� the policy report, which BSA through WOSM will now uphold, reads. �The vision is to foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens who will better influence the decision-making process and act responsibly to create a sustainable world.�

These �environmentally conscious citizens,� six million of whom are now scouts, will learn to appreciate such U.N. ideals as personified in the Kyoto Protocol, a harmful international contract that seeks to regulate greenhouse gas emissions by restricting business and manufacturing activities, or in the Convention on Biological Diversity, another global gem that places the rights of, say, the single-cell organism on par with that of humans.

Other Agenda 21 and sustainable development ideals that run contrary to our nation�s founding notions of a constitutional republic valuing sovereignty and individual rights can be found in the Convention to Combat Desertification, the Convention on Climate Change, the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, to name a few. Environmental treaties all, these U.N. measures seek to dictate at the international level how nations develop land, grow business, use water ? and that the United Staates has not committed via ratification to some of these regulations, no longer matters.

Grown boy scouts, trained to appreciate these very same environmental measures, most assuredly will.

Likely unwitting participants, scout leaders complying with the UNEP-WOSM Memorandum of Understanding and its accompanying long-term policy report will nonetheless help �introduce incentives for young people to participate in environmental activities� that promote the very tenets of these treaties America has so often fought or scorned, and �appropriately recognize young people who participate in UNEP�s campaigns and activities� with bronze, silver and gold certificates.

High achieving scouts, those awarded the gold for �solving environmental problems in their countries or regions,� are eligible for membership in the governing council of a UNEP body that represents the next formal level of youth brainwash, the Tunza Advisory Council. Tunza, �to treat with care or affection� in Kiswahili, is the name given the aforementioned six-year concept devised by the UNEP Governing Council in 2002 to target those between the ages of six and 30 for environmental training.

The Tunza plan aims �to include all schools, children and youth-related organizations,� and its latest success is placing the Boy Scouts of America beneath its umbrella.

The convolutions weaving youth into U.N. environmental agenda go much further. But to keep it simple, just listen for 12-year-old scouts with seemingly sudden knowledge of Kiswahili and know from where this rather obscure talent stems.

� 2004 Cheryl Chumley - All Rights Reserved

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Cheryl K. Chumley is a former award-winning reporter and columnist. Her coverage has ranged from the 2000 presidential election, on scene for the Democrat National Convention in L.A. and for election night in Nashville, Tenn., to small town courts and police.

Cheryl is a regular contributing columnist to several Internet news sites including, and, and may be reached at








On July 7, UNEP signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Organization of the Scout Movement, committing nearly 30 million children and youth to advancing this U.N. body�s environmental agenda.