Local Resident gave their reaction to the Boy Scouts change in Policy.
“I support that decision; I believe that they should be inclusive to all. I actually applaud them. It’s really neat,” one Pocatello resident noted outside of a local Common Cents gas station.
Another person polled said that, “I think that it’s a good thing I think that it’s beautiful and I think that it’s an individual thing and we strive to be individuals and I think that we should allow people to have voices. If we don’t we’re not really obeying the constitution. It’s freedom of speech to be our own individual selves. It’s nice, it’s liberating.”
Clark Farrer, Executive of the Grand Teton Council of the Boy scouts here in Idaho was at the meeting in Texas where the decision was made today to allow openly gay boy scouts. He gave me his thoughts about this decision and what this means for the boy scouts moving forward.
He said that, “My honest opinion is that not that much is going to change in eastern Idaho or in the intermountain west where scouting is predominantly LDS.”
Clarke noted that although they (the majority) did vote in favor of the resolution, to allow openly gay scouts, not
everybody was in support of it.
He explained that, “there were a significant number of people in the room that did not want the policy to pass and obviously the majority did.
Clarke feels that it will essentially be business as usual for scouts in East Idaho.
The Boy Scout policy has always been, for the last thirty or forty years, don’t ask don’t tell. So in practice, particularly in eastern Idaho I don’t think that anything has changed."
He also noted the role that the LDS church plays in choosing their Boy Scout leadership.
He noted that, “in eastern Idaho the majority of units are sponsored the LDS church and LDS church leadership doesn’t need a policy to determine who they feel the best leader youth should be. The focus in the church and the focus in scouting is whats best for boys, all boys."