Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”
“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”
Not a word of the Mission Statement, the Scout Oath, or the Scout Law says anything about sexual orientation. The Boy Scouts of America is not about sexual orientation, it is about scouting.
Nor does the BSA have a sexual orientation policy, it has a membership policy clarified by BSA legal as follows:
“The BSA policy is: ‘While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do 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 BSA.‘
Scouting believes same-sex attraction should be introduced and discussed outside of its program with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting. The vast majority of parents we serve value this right and do not sign their children up for Scouting for it to introduce or discuss, in any way, these topics.
The BSA is a voluntary, private organization that sets policies that are best for the organization. The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path.”
The BSA is for boys who are 11 (and in some cases 10) through 17 years of age. Sexual orientation is not part of the BSA’s agenda, or mission, for these 11 through 17 year-old boys. The BSA is only concerned with the issue of sexual orientation when others, whether they be “employees, volunteers, or members,” wish to make the issue of sexual orientation a part of the BSA’s mission.
And the BSA reserves the right to deny membership to those individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA. That is all.
Because the Boy Scouts of America is not about sexual orientation, the Boy Scouts of America is about scouting.