A LETTER FROM THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT
April 30, 2013
Dear Scouting Families,
As you may have heard, the National Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America has proposed a resolution that would change the BSA membership standards that would allow membership to gay youth. The proposed change in membership standards does not change the exclusion of avowed homosexual adults from registering as leaders.
Prior to the development of this resolution, the BSA engaged in what has been called the most thorough listening process in its 103 year history, which included internal and external surveys, local listening sessions, as well as recommendations from local BSA councils, areas, and regions. As a result of this input, the National Board of Directors has put forward the following resolution to be voted upon by over 1,400 national voting members representing Scouting throughout the country on May 23, 2013.
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.
Based on the number of our youth members, the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council (SVMBC) Board of Directors has been allocated five of those votes. At the Board meeting on April 29, 2013, the SVMBC Board of Directors decided to assign votes to its voting members based on the proportion of board members who voted in favor of the proposed change and those who voted to oppose the proposed change. As a result, 4 of the Council Board’s votes will be cast in favor of the proposed resolution and 1 vote will be cast to oppose the proposed resolution. As a fiduciary body, the SVMBC Board determined that the proposed change in membership standards would be in the best interests of Scouting in the communities served by our Council. The Board realizes and respects that people of good will may disagree about this change, with good people supporting and opposing this proposed resolution. Ultimately, however, we as a Scouting family all agree that kids benefit from this program we all love and that we must come together to do our best to provide the best quality Scouting program possible. Our kids deserve no less.
Yours in Scouting,