BSA Addresses Gender Identity

Scouting still remains focused on youth

by Angel Martinez for the Alamo Area BSA: January 30, 2017

This article was created to update the resource page found at to provide our Scouting community the most up-to-date information, happenings, and statements regarding BSA's membership policy and how we consider youth in our program.

January 30, 2017

Today, the National Boy Scouts of America made an announcement regarding transgender youth in our program:

National Media Statement

"As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) continues to work to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible.

“While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.

“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application.  Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.

“The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible – all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.”


"The Alamo Area Council is focused on directing our energy to all our youth and what we do best -- Scouting!  Our focus remains on delivering the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.  Starting today, the Alamo Area Council will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application.  And, we will continue following the policies and procedures as a unified Boy Scouts of America with a unified focus on youth.  We will not deviate from the Boy Scouts of America's mission," said Angel Martinez, PR Director, Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Vision Statement

The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Scout Oath (or Promise)

On my honor I will do my best 
To do my duty to God and my country 
and to obey the Scout Law; 
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, 
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, 
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.”