Boy Scouts Of America Will Allow Openly Gay Members

By: 13 News/Release (posted by Josh mabry)
By: 13 News/Release (posted by Josh mabry)

A resolution allowing gay members to join the Boy Scouts of America passed Thursday 61% to 38%.

The resolution specifically states, "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."

While this resolution changes the requirements for youth members, adult membership requirements remain unchanged.

BOYS SCOUTS OF AMERICA RELEASE
TOPEKA, KS - The following resolution has been adopted by the national executive board effective January 1, 2014.

Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout, and Venturing programs. Membership in any program of the Boy Scouts of America requires the youth member to (a) subscribe to and abide by the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, (b) subscribe to and abide by the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle (duty to God), and (c) demonstrate behavior that exemplifies the highest level of good conduct and respect for others and is consistent at all times with the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.

While this resolution changes the requirements for youth members, adult membership requirements remain unchanged.

For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America, the nation’s foremost youth program, has been providing its youth program of character development and values-based leadership training to the youth of our communities.

The BSA spent most of the first part of this year conducting a thorough review of the BSA’s Membership Standards, educating the leaders and parents, and surveying various constituencies. That review confirmed that this issue remains among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today. There was an outpouring of feedback from the American public; and the same was true from our Scouting families. It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization.

Scout Executive Wayne Pancoast states, “As perspectives and opinions vary significantly throughout the country and even within our own council, we believe good people can disagree on a variety of topics and yet still work together to accomplish great things for youth. We as Scouts will continue to stay focused on our mission of instilling in young people the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”

Headquartered in Topeka, KS, the Jayhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that has served youth since 1916. Scouting aims to provide unique personal growth opportunities to an ever-increasing number of youth, helping them mature into adults whose values are embodied in the Scout Oath and Law. The core of this singular movement is focused on fostering development of values-centered lives through character development, personal fitness, citizenship, employability, and service to others.


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