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Chipotle Pulls Its Support of Boy Scout Event

Scout-O-Rama, shown here in 2011, is the annual Scouting gathering where over 25,000 boys and their families join for a day of fun and adventure
Scout-O-Rama, shown here in 2011, is the annual Scouting gathering where over 25,000 boys and their families join for a day of fun and adventurePhotograph by Ana Venegas/The Orange County Register

There won’t be any burrito bowls at the Boy Scouts’ annual Scout-O-Rama fundraiser near Salt Lake City. On Wednesday, Chipotle told Thinkprogress.org that it decided to withdraw its $4,250 sponsorship of the May 4 event—which “gives Scouts the opportunity to demonstrate their Scout skills” with such activities as zip lines and knot-tying—because it doesn’t support organizations that discriminate based on sexual orientation. The burrito chain hopes “to prevent a recurrence of this issue,” says spokesman Chris Arnold.

The Boy Scouts of America is considering a proposal to change its no-gays membership policy and recently sent members a survey about their view of the ban, which has already led such companies as Intel and United Parcel Service to withdraw funding to the organization.