Reinstate Environmental Activist Into Boy Scouts


Target: Boy Scouts of America President Wayne Brock

Goal: Reinstate environmentalist expelled for his attempts to preserve endangered plants and institute protections.

Kim Kuska, noted California environmentalist, was recently expelled from the Boy Scouts of America for his efforts to preserve the rare Dudley’s Lousewort plant. He was expelled following an incident in which he informed authorities of the local Boy Scout camp’s mistreatment of the plant, which is heavily endangered, and found almost exclusively within the vicinity of the camp. This act demonstrates a deeply unethical and destructive attitude among the Boy Scout’s leadership, and should be rectified as soon as possible. In addition, without his presence the Dudley Lousewort will be further endangered by the scouts at the camp.

Kuska first attempted to solve the problem by taking it up with the various camp faculty, but even small measures, such as marking the endangered plants with flags, were ignored. At times Kuska found plants that had been deliberately trampled in reaction to his efforts. It was at this point that he contacted the authorities and was, shortly thereafter, expelled from the Scouts.

The official statement from the Boy Scouts of America leadership is that Kuska was expelled for planting samples of the Dudley Lousewort in inconvenient areas; however, it is widely speculated that his whistleblowing contributed to the decision. This isn’t the first black mark on the Boy Scouts environmental record: in 2009 a camp in the same area was responsible for slaughtering many endangered steelhead trout, as well as clear-cutting thousands of acres of land. Kuska should be reinstated, and these crimes against nature stopped.


Dear President Wayne Brock,

The California branch of your organization recently expelled conservationist Kim Kuska following his whistleblowing on activities endangering the rare Dudley’s Lousewood plant. While the official line regarding his expulsion differs slightly, there is no precedent for expelling a member of the Scouts for protecting nature. Furthermore, it is clear from Kuska’s statements that he attempted to solve the problem through the Boy Scouts’ channels before contacting the authorities.

Given these facts, it is clear that Kuska should be readmitted into the Boy Scouts, and matters similar this be policed more effectively within the organization. For the good of both the environment and the Boy Scouts, these crimes against nature must be stopped, and those who have suffered because of them compensated.


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  1. Leonard Felix says:

    I’ve known of Kim’s work for a couple of years–and have accompanied him on outings in which we have examined widely separated populations of the endangered species he is studying. His knowledge of the ecology of the species is profound and should be encouraged and published.
    I am a regular contributor to the Boy Scouts of America–and will continue to be. I heartily endorse what they are doing. Their objectives and Kim’s seem to me to be compatible. Kim isn’t asking a lot in the research that he does. And the things that he knows could be incorporated into the education of the Scouts who frequent the campsites at Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp. There is a very complex ecology going on here–the interaction of a plant and its environment. And it is well worth learning. I can envision Kim lecturing on this subject at the Scout Camp.
    I say let Kim continue his good work. And God bless the Boy Scouts.
    Leonard Felix

  2. I was at the Kern River Butterfly Count in 2012 when many of us heard Kim tell the jaw-dropping story of what he’s been up against to try to save this plant. The BSA should lift this hero on high for showing what true commitment and tenacity looks like to young scouts. Opening the Chronicle a month or so back, I was immensely pleased that this story broke statewide and perhaps lifting some of the burden from Mr. Kuska’s tall shoulders.

  3. Rob Eidson says:

    I’ve known Kim Kuska for over 45 years. Ironically we were in the same Scout troop together, Troop 44 in Salinas, California. And later, we worked on the Camp Pico Blanco staff together. A lifelong friend, who I respect deeply. For the local Scout council to ban him is a sad commentary on the Scout leadership, who are more concerned with their shrinking kingdom (and their donations), than they are concerned with doing what is right.

    • Joe Bevier says:

      I am an eagle scout and was a camp staff member at Pico Blanco for 5 years. I am once again disappointed in the shameful behavior of scouting’s leadership. I have known Kim as a friend and mentor since 1969. Banishing him is like scouting saying they no longer care about the outdoors or people who care about the outdoors. This is a sad day when a mentor to so many, his lifetime dedicated to scouting and environmental studies is banished for petty politics.

  4. Larry Loucks says:

    Kim taught at Pico Blanco when I was a kid going to camp and later was still on staff when I worked there for a summer – you could not find a better teacher and a person of deep caring and understanding of nature. Sad to say I am not surprised by the actions of the Monterey Bay Area BSA Council but they should be ashamed and should reinstate Kim’s membership – and should be glad if he accepts!

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