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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 executive board directed its committees to further engage representatives from 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 meeting in May 2013.

America needs Scouting, and our policies must be based on what is in the best interest of our kids. We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth. Going forward, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us. Be a part of this discussion by staying engaged and continuing your role in Scouting. The kids in your community need you.

We recognize during this time there is significant media interest in this issue and it will be important to communicate clearly and accurately. We ask that you please refer any media inquiries to the PR team at pr@scouting.org.


Matt Thornton

Interim Scout Executive

BSA National Membership Policy Fact Sheet

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