It was far from clear that Tuesdays efforts by the Scouts would calm an uproar that began even before Mr. Trump concluded his address on Monday night. Although Scouting offices and social media accounts were besieged with messages condemning the presidents appearance, others celebrated Mr. Trumps speech in West Virginia. I love it!! Either way, the firestorm was unwelcome, and unexpected, during one of Scoutings most important events, a gathering that attracts people from around the world and, very often, presidents, who have typically spoken about service, values and citizenship, not partisan politics.
Reaction to the speech, delivered to an enthusiastic audience of saluting and cheering Scouts, was immediate and visceral.
Glenn Elvig, a Minnesota artist who fondly recalled receiving a letter from Richard M. Nixon congratulating him on achieving the Eagle rank decades ago, said he called a Scouting office for hours on Tuesday to express his dismay. He kept getting a busy signal.
I would like a public denouncement of what happened yesterday and reaffirmation of the values I think I learned in Scouts, Mr. Elvig said. If they cant do that, I will be returning my medal.