FYI. From: National Capital Area Council, BSA [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2013 05:21 PM Eastern Standard Time To: Eggers, Ken F.Message 1 of 1 , Mar 7View SourceFYI.
A Special Bulletin from National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Dear Scouting Family,
Over the past year, there has been much discussion about the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) membership standards policy. Most recently, after publicly declaring its intent to revisit the policy this year, BSA released the following statement:
For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, providing its youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the past two weeks, Scouting has received an outpouring of feedback from the American public. It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization.
After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.
To that end, the National Executive Board directed its committees to engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting members of the National Council will take action on the resolution at the National Annual Meeting in May 2013.
NCAC Wants to Hear From You
Current BSA Membership Policy
While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA. Scouting believes same-sex attraction should be introduced and discussed outside of its program with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting. The vast majority of parents we serve value this right and do not sign their children up for Scouting for it to introduce or discuss, in any way, these topics. The BSA is a voluntary, private organization that sets policies that are best for the organization. The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path.
As indicated, the BSA National Executive Board has proposed that a change to BSA’s membership standards be discussed at the National Meeting in May. This would allow representatives of the local councils to weigh in on the issue and help make the final decision. In preparation for the meeting, NCAC is preparing a report of our members’ views on the subject.
To help us gather information for this report, you will receive a survey in the next few days asking how you feel Scouting would be impacted if the policy changes or if it stays the same. This is a survey of our local Scouting family, so while you should encourage all the leaders and parents in your unit to participate, please do not share it with people who are not active in Scouting. If you know community members who would like to express their opinions on the subject, they can reach the local council at ncacbsa@... or contact national directly at www.Scouting.org/ContactUs.
The purpose of today’s letter is to provide information about the intent of the survey and make sure you have the correct facts to work from. At this time BSA has not proposed any specific change to this membership policy but the assumption is such a change may make it less restrictive.
As we go forward, and as you respond to the survey, remember that it is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law:
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.
A Scout is:
Trustworthy, loyal, helpful,
Friendly, courteous, kind,
Obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
Brave, clean, and reverent.
Finally, many of you may also be asked to participate in another survey called Voice of the Scout. This is a completely separate survey sent out twice a year by the national organization so we ask that you please take the time to complete both the national and local surveys if invited. We appreciate your willingness to spend the extra time, and assure you that your feedback will be used to help strengthen the Scouting program.
Yours in Scouting,
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