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Alamo Area Council Continues A Unified Focus on Youth

Boy Scouts of America Votes to Approve Proposed Resolution on Youth Membership

May 24, 2013 (Updated)

In February, the Boy Scouts of America embarked on the most comprehensive listening exercise in its history to consider the impact of potential changes to its membership standards policy on the organization and gather perspectives from inside and outside of the Scouting family. This review created an outpouring of feedback from the Scouting family and the American public, from both those who agree with the current policy and those who support a change.

At the Boy Scouts of America’s National Annual Meeting on May 23, the voting volunteer members of the National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. There were 1,232 votes cast with 757 yes votes, which is 61.44% of the vote.

The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting is age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. A change to the current membership policy for adult leaders was not under consideration; thus, the policy for adults remains in place. As the National Executive Committee just completed a lengthy review process, there are no plans for further review on the matter.

The Alamo Area Council’s focus remains to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.  The Alamo Area Council will continue following the policies and procedures as a unified Boy Scouts of America with a unified focus on youth.  The Alamo Area Council delivered a unified voice based on what the majority of our Scouting community indicated was their desire which closely mirrored the overall National BSA Voice of the Scout survey results.  The information our Council provided on this issue through the Voice of the Scout helped provide perspective to the proceedings, and we respect the integrity of the national decision-making process. While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting. We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth. Going forward, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us - our children.” ~ Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive/CEO, Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

This policy change is effective Jan. 1, 2014, allowing the Boy Scouts of America the transition time needed to communicate and implement this policy to its approximately 116,000 Scouting units.  

 “The day in day out Scouting activities we’ve done in the past, we do in the present, and must do in the future to serve our youth continues to be our focus,” says Angel Martinez, Communications Executive, Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The BSA’s National Membership Policy

  • The following is the membership standard for youth members of the Boy Scouts of America, effective Jan. 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.

If you would like to share your insights with the Alamo Area Council, BSA, please 

You can also direct your comments directly to the National Boy Scouts of America:

Respectfully,

Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive

P.S.  Because this proposed resolution comes from the National Council about a national policy, please forward media inquiries to the national media support team at: 1-855-870-2178 or pr@scouting.org.  NOTE:  This is intended for members of the media only. 

About the Alamo Area Council Boy Scouts of America

The Alamo Area Council BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to over 28,500 youth and 7,500 volunteer adults in South Texas.  The Boy Scouts of America continue to prepare young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training utilizing outdoor activity, citizenship and sports fitness.  For more information on the Alamo Area BSA, visit www.AlamoAreaBSA.org .

 

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