BSA Board Affirms Traditional Leadership Standards
Irving, Texas—The National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of
America has reaffirmed its traditional leadership standards, as recommended by
its appropriate committees.
The board received three resolutions suggesting changes in leadership standards
in order to permit avowed homosexuals to serve as Boy Scout leaders. The board
referred the resolutions to the appropriate committee, which formed a diverse
task force composed of chartered organization representatives to consider the
The BSA reaffirmed its view that an avowed homosexual cannot serve as a role
model for the traditional moral values espoused in the Scout Oath and Law and
that these values cannot be subject to local option choices.
In affirming its existing standards of leadership, the board also agreed that
duty to God is not a mere ideal for those choosing to associate with the Boy Scouts
of America; it is an obligation, which has defined good character throughout
the BSA's 92-year history.
The board, the relationships committee, and the special task force are all
comprised of volunteer members of the BSA.
The BSA is one of the largest youth-serving organizations in America, serving
more than 5 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age.
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