TO: Scouting families and general public
From: Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, Boy Scouts of America
Date: 23 May 2013
Re: Membership Standards Vote
On Thursday May 23 the Boy Scouts of America held their national annual meeting and eligible voting members passed a resolution that will change the membership policy to allow gay youth as members of the Scouting program.
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.
This resolution was proposed after an exhaustive process of listening to internal and external audiences, alumni, donors and staff. Each of the 280 local councils were represented with at least three votes of the 1,400 total votes. The Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council had five of those votes and cast them based on the representative vote of the board of directors who based their decision on feedback from our local audience and a determination of what is in the best interest of Scouting in our council (four votes in favor of the resolution, one vote against).
This approved resolution will allow us to continue to deliver our excellent Scouting program to current members and to extend to every interested youth.
We are also incredibly grateful for the feedback from customers, and appreciate the diversity of thought and the civility in which we had this internal conversation. We are committed to moving forward and delivering a quality Scouting program to our community so that young people today can benefit from the Scouting program that had developed leaders of our country for more than a century.