Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Scout must ascribe to the declaration of religious principles, and express belief in a higher power

Back in 2013, the national organization changed its policy to one of accepting gay Scouts while keeping in place its ban on openly gay Scout leaders

On July 27, 2016, the National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees.

On Jan 30, 2017 the Boy Scouts of America announced that "Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application."

But the Scouts still discriminate against non-theists.

Source: Scouting Magazine

The first BSA Handbook for Boys, published in 1911, says “no boy can grow into the best kind of citizenship without recognizing his obligation to God.”

beginning Jan. 1, 2016, every rank from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout (plus Eagle Scout palms) will include a “duty to God” requirement.

a Scout does have to ascribe to the declaration of religious principles, and express belief in a higher power. This condition of membership is acknowledged by the parent or guardian’s signature on the BSA Youth Application.

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