Executive Board Decision on Membership Standards

The Patriots’ Path Council’s Executive Board met on April 29, 2013 and voted to support the proposed “Boy Scouts of America Membership Standards Resolution” which is found below. The Executive Board also voted to express their feelings about the resolution in the statement which follows.

Proposed Boy Scouts of America
Membership Standards Resolution by National

Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout, and Venturing programs. Membership in any program of the Boy Scouts of America requires the youth member to (a) subscribe to and abide by the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, (b) subscribe to and abide by the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle (duty to God), and (c) demonstrate behavior that exemplifies the highest level of good conduct and respect for others and is consistent at all times with the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. No youth may be denied membership in the Boy
Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.

Patriots’ Path Executive Board Statement on
National Membership Standards Resolution

Patriots’ Path Council, BSA continues to support the idea of membership standards that would welcome youth and adult participation regardless of race, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, or sexual orientation.

We are disappointed to learn that the resolution proposed by the National Executive committee, to be voted upon at the National Annual Meeting on May 23rd, would continue the policy of excluding gay adults from membership.  However, if approved, the proposed national resolution would change the current membership standards and would permit gay youth members to benefit from Scouting.  We strongly feel this is a step in the right direction. We have always been guided by the best interests of our youth members. In keeping with that philosophy, we will support the proposed resolution and continue to work toward further change.