BSA National Membership Policy Change

On May 23rd, the National BSA voted to adopt a change in the youth membership policy.  The official resolution can be found here:

Below are some words from the Atlanta Area Council Scout Executive Tracy Techau

“Dear Scout Leader:

We promised to keep you informed as new information is shared by the National BSA regarding their discussions of their national membership policy.

Earlier this evening, the National BSA voted to adopt a policy that revises their youth membership policy so that sexual orientation is no longer a criteria for youth membership in Scouting. The new policy reads as follows:

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 maybe denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.

While the National Board will continue to discuss the best ways to implement this new policy before it goes into effect on January 1, 2014, the Atlanta Area Council will continue our mission of providing the best Scouting program to our local Atlanta youth.

I recognize this remains a sensitive issue for our Scouting family here in Atlanta and nationally, but we cannot allow a policy debate to negatively impact the quality of the program we deliver to our Scouts. They are counting on us.

Scouting is strong in Atlanta – and with your help we will continue to provide our local youth with the same great leadership development and once-in-a-lifetime adventures that we always have.

Tracy Techau

Scout Executive/CEO

Atlanta Area Council, BSA”

It is important to note that Pack 471, the Foothills District, and the Atlanta Area Council are not policy makers.  The leaders of Pack 471 are committed to continuing the tradition of providing quality programming to scouts, teaching leadership, responsibility, faith and Citizenship.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please bring this information to your pack leaders, committee chair, and pack committee.  If we cannot answer them, then we can bring it up to the District and Council level.

Robert Payne
Pack 471 Committee Chair 404-988-4589