It's undeniable that Boy Scouts do a lot of good for the community. From canned food drives, to Eagle Scout projects, the 57,000 local boys who participate in Boy Scouts make the St. Louis region a better place.
However, it has always been unfortunate that the organization has excluded gay members. Currently, the organization's board members are considering whether or not to lift the ban. At St. Louis Sprout & About, we whole-heartedly encourage the organization to be inclusive of everyone.
Deron Smith, director of public relations for Boy Scouts of America has released the following statement on the organization's website:
"For more than 100 years, Scouting's focus has been on working together to deliver the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting has always been in an ongoing dialogue with the Scouting family to determine what is in the best interest of the organization and the young people we serve.
"Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization's mission, principles, or religious beliefs. BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit that best meets the needs of their families.
"The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue. The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents. Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization's mission, principles, or religious beliefs."
Boy Scouts of America is requesting your feedback on changing the membership policy. Tell them what you think by visiting their website.