Boy Scouts of America announced today that they are talking
about removing the longstanding ban on gay members and whether to allow local
offices decide their own policy. Summer Joy joins us from our Idaho Falls
office with more information.
This means, there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation. I have more details on this situation, plus local reaction, and you might be surprised.
“I think a lot of us have those kind of memories of scouting and being out on miserable weekends like this and all those things that go with it and sexual orientation really has no bearing on that,”
said Corryn Cue, an Idaho Falls resident.
The majority of people I spoke with today said that as long as Boy Scouts of America continue to do background checks and hire a person based on their integrity, values, and knowledge it
shouldn't be a problem.
Stacie Cordier, another Idaho Falls resident said, “I think gays are human too, so let them do it.”
There was at least one voice for concern.
“I don’t think I would want my son introduced to things like that at such a young age. I think that’s something
that should be discussed at home with parent in a loving a household. You talk about it with your folks, not your troop leader. Your troop leader is to help you with knots, survival skills and everything else, not necessarily social or political issues,” added Michael Pinson, an Idaho Falls resident.
Boy Scouts of America has been working with young men for more than 100 years to help develop strong character and leadership skills. Even though the BSA is still considering this change, they state that the charted organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders
consistent with their organization's mission, principles or religious beliefs.
This policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee and deliver scouting to determine how to address this issue. Members and parents would still have the choice in choosing which local unit would be best for their family.
The Boy Scouts of America is still discussing this option and they say they are determined to do what is best for their organization and the young people they serve.
We will let you know as soon as bsa makes a decision, and remember if they do pass this it will still be up to the local offices to make the final call on who is hired. For more information or if you have questions you can contact the local Boy Scouts of America office at 522-5155.