Membership Policy Update
On May 23rd at the BSA’s National Annual Business Meeting, the approximately 1,400 volunteer delegates representing every BSA Council and corner of our Scouting family convened in North Texas to vote on a proposed resolution that was presented by the BSA National Executive Committee. The resolution stated that “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” This resolution maintains the current membership standards for adult leaders, which does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, but does not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. Please click HERE to view the full resolution. The vote was taken and the resolution passed.
Sam Houston Area Council appreciates that it had an opportunity to participate in the process and present its point of view at the BSA National Annual Business Meeting. The Sam Houston Area Council does not set the national membership policy. It will support and implement the new membership policy. The new membership policy will take effect on January 1, 2014. Prior to the effective date, the Boy Scouts of America will provide guidance through program support, publications, and training modules to assist units in implementation. We understand that we may have some in our Scouting family that are disappointed in the outcome of this vote and we will work with all concerned while delivering a positive program for the youth we serve. We sincerely hope that all of the Sam Houston Area Council family will put aside their differences in order to focus on the main thing, the young people we serve.
Sam Houston Area Council is an exemplary Council and has a global reputation for
excellence. Our leadership and Board of Directors are committed to fulfilling our
mission and remaining one of the top Councils in the BSA. We will continue to deliver quality programming that positively changes lives.
For nearly 100 years, Sam Houston Area Council has been serving young people in
Southeast Texas. The annual impact in our community speaks for itself: through our
chartered partner organizations and with nearly 20,000 volunteers we serve nearly
50,000 youth in the Scouting programs. The Sam Houston Area Council and Scouting need you and America needs Scouting. Thank you for your prayers, patience, and support as we move forward.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodney Eads Brian Foster Tom Varnell
Chairman of the Board Council Commissioner President/Scout Executive